Writing Memoir
F 2018


We will read nine  very different short memoirs ( 100 to 150 pages per week) These will inspire and advise us as we write a chapter of our own  to  share with the group 

Weekly Topics

1  Bryan Stevenson Just Mercy

2  Joyce Carol Oates  A Letter to My Mother

3  Virginia Woolf  A Room of One's Own  

 Michael Ondaatje  Running in the Family   (two weeks)

5     Running in the Family

6  Joan Didion  White Album (two weeks)

7    White Album (cont)

8  Rebecca Solnit   A Field Guide to Getting Lost  (two weeks) 

9       A Field Guide to Getting Lost

10  Phillip Levine Bread of Time (two weeks)

11    Bread of Time ( cont.)

12  Kay Redfield Jamison  An Unquiet Mind 

13   Sherman AlexieYou Don't Have To Say You Love Me  (two weeks)

14     You Don't Have to Say you Love me ( cont)


See above.  Part of each session will be reading and talking about the memoirs written by each member of the SDG.

This same SDG was done successfully  several years ago. Some of us  wanted to be in it but it was full.  They used an Anthology of Memoirs by Phillip Lopate.

A thought provoking exploration of Memoirs is When Memory Speaks by Jill Ker Conway

Other recommended memoirs

Helen Macdonald  H Is for Hawk

Alice Siebold Lucky

Czwslaw Milosz A Year of the Hunter

:Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer)  Nothing Ever Dies

Roxanne Gay   Hunger

Thi Bui   The Best We Could Do (graphic novel) 

Pauli Murray  The Autobiography of a Black Activist, Feminist, Lawyer, Priest, and Poet