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
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.