When I Was Puerto Rican, by Esmerelda Santiago

I have been putting together books and internet links on the art of writing Memoir for some time now. It started because I was working on some autobiographical material, myself, but then it turned into the possibility of a class for senior citizens. That class hasn’t come to fruition yet, with some false starts and stops, but I thought I’d share some of the materials with you.

Books on Memoir Writing:

Old Friend from Far Away, by Natalie Goldberg
Writing About Your Life, by William Zinsser
Writing to Learn, by William Zinsser
                          http://www.theamericanscholar.org/how-to-write-a-memoir/
Some books with exercises to help with the creative spark:
The Artist’ Way, by Julia Cameron
Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg
Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self, by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Writing Toward Home, by Georgia Heard
Journal Writing: Warm-Up Activities, by The Daily Spark
Some Memoirs I Like:
any by David Sedaris; In Pharoh’s Army and This Boy’s Life, by Tobias Wolff; When I was Puerto Rican and The Turkish Lover, by Esmerelda Santiago; Istanbul, by Orhan Pamuk; Neck Deep and Other Predicaments, by Ander Monson…more to be added as I read them.
There are a number of handouts regarding memoir writing, including one on Santiago’s When I Was Puerto Rican, at Scholastic.Com Teacher’s site here.