Reading and Writing Memoirs: guest–Michael Barker, author of Growing Up in California: Life in the Golden State in the 40's & 50's and All Helen's Children.
Some good memoirs:
Finding Fish by Antwone Quenton Fisher (audiotapes)
Dry by Augusten Burroughs (he has written several memoirs, all very entertaining)
The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride (part of the winter reading program this year)
Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy (and other Misadventures) by Lindsay Moran
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt (we have all of his other books, too)
Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America: My Story by Michelle Kennedy (she came and spoke at the library).
and many, many more—-
For more info just about any topic go to:
(call 496-3913 for the password, or ask at the library)
The first two articles turned up in a search using the term "memoirists" and the third was found by following the subject link tied to one of the articles "creative writing."
Frank talk about writing your memoir: if you want to write a memoir of interest to readers, you'll have to leave your inhibitions behind. Sol Stein.
The Writer 118.6 (June 2005): p21. From Student Edition.
Seeing her way to publication. (Breakthrough). Beth Finke.
The Writer 116.3 (March 2003): p13(2). From Student Edition.
A writer's not-to-do list.(Brief article)(Column). Jeffrey Yamaguchi.
The Writer 119.7 (July 2006): p9. From Student Edition.
Most of what you find via the search engines will be commercial. Books for sale, writing lessons for sale and so on. Here is one site that offers some free help:
A related genre is oral history. People tell their stories to a friend or relative while a tape recorder is running. Here is a site that provides an introduction to the theory and practice of collecting true stories. The site is designed for students and teachers, but can certainly be used by adults!