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What's Your "Take" on 70?
David Brooks, New York Times columnist and author, is asking a favor. If you are over 70, he would like you to write a brief report on your life so far--an evaluation of what you did well (and not so well) and what you learned along the way. His reasons are: he believes we have too few formal moments of self-appraisal in our culture, and more importantly, that these essays will help the blessings of young people understand how careers and families evolve and modern adulthood. So, collect your thoughts and get your reports to firstname.lastname@example.org. Watch for some columns around Thanksgiving.
Tips for Writing an Engaging Memoir
Writing a memoir sounds like an easy assignment; after all, it's all about you. But, this article, an NPR interview with author and memoir writing instructor, Marion Roach Smith, points out that aspiring memoirists often err on the side of including every memory on the page, rather than focusing on broader themes. Roach believes that writing a memoir that will keep a reader's interest calls for choosing one area of expertise rather than exploring a lifetime, which is the job of an autobiography. To get some more tips from the author of The Memoir Project, click here.