Category Memoir

We tell ourselves stories in order to live

On page 155 of The Red Parts, Maggie Nelson reacts to a card from her mother which quotes the opening line of Joan Didion’s essay “The White Album”: We tell ourselves stories in order to live. “My poems didn’t tell stories. I became a poet in part because I didn’t want to tell stories. As […]

Memoir Writing: Dialogue

Dialogue is an important part of writing a memoir, and problematic for most writers. Unless one is taking a conversation and transcribing it from a recording, letters, or in a journal or diary–the question of how to recreate dialogue is tricky. There is sometimes a slippery slope, because for many writers, recreating dialogue feels like […]