The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith
A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life

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A recent study revealed that the Number 1 thing that baby boomers want to do in retirement is write a book....about themselves. It's not that every person has lived such a unique or dramatic life, but we inherently understand that writing memoir-whether it's a book, blog, or just a letter to a child-is the single greatest portal to self-examination.

While there have been other writing books, there's been nothing like Marion Roach Smith's THE MEMOIR PROJECT. Marion has written four books and she's been teaching a sold-out memoir writing class for 13 years. Her new book is a disarmingly frank, but wildly fun, distillation of all the unsentimental lessons that WORK. Tired topics like writing exercises, morning pages and "writer's block" are replaced with quirky, provocative tactics that teach you to write with purpose.

Previously self-published in April 2010 (under the title Writing What You Know: Realia), the book has already proven hugely popular, and with its new title and updated content, it is sure to find an even bigger and even more enthusiastic audience.

About Marion Roach Smith

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Marion Roach Smith, co-founder of, has taught a sold-out class called "Writing What You Know" since 1998. She is the author of The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning and Sexual Power of Red Hair (Bloomsbury, 2005); co-author with Michael Baden, M.D., of Dead Reckoning (Simon and Schuster, 2001); and author of Another Name for Madness (Houghton Mifflin, Pocket Books, 1986). She is a former staff member of The New York Times and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Prevention, New York Daily News, Vogue, Newsday, Good Housekeeping, Discover and American Health. Marion has been a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and writes and records daily and weekly spots on Martha Stewart Living Radio, Sirius 112/XM 157.
Published June 9, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing. 117 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Seasoned writers should proceed with caution: Anyone who has taken Composition 101 will have heard much of this advice before, such as “write what you know” and “show, don’t tell.” But readers looking for a push in the right direction will find Smith’s instructions highly accessible and inspiring.

Jun 09 2011 | Read Full Review of The Memoir Project: A Thoroug...

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She puts the hammer down on that sort of thinking, “taking inventory of all my stories, acknowledging that many more exist, while looking for only those that fit this assignment,” helps to streamline thinking and put you on a path that leads to relationship.

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