12/6 – Memoir Form

Today we’ll talk about FORM in memoir. The first excerpt we read–and for the most part your lit circle books–are all pretty traditional in form. But in the last few decades, lots of artists have started experimenting with the form of the memoir

  • Turning them into advice manuals (Yes, Please)
  • Writing them in poems (Brown Girl Dreaming)
  • Crafting them as graphic novels (Fun Home or Tomboy)
  • Generating them as a series of letters (Dear Boy)

We’ll look at these forms (and the strengths and weaknesses inherent in them) today.

For your lab book, please write:

What are the benefits of alternate forms of memoir? What do these alternate forms allow that traditional memoirs don’t? What are the drawbacks? What do these alternate forms prevent?

Note: You are welcome to write YOUR memoir in one of these forms if you like.

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