The Joy of Writing a Memoir

In the quiet recesses of our minds, there often lingers an idea that refuses to fade away—a tale waiting to be told, a chapter of our lives yearning to be shared.


How long does it take to write a memoir?

The journey is like stepping into a time capsule, revisiting moments that have shaped who we are. One question is often asked: How long does it take to write a memoir? The answer, like the stories themselves, is as varied as the human experience.



“When I’m writing the first draft, I’m constantly reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box, so that later I can build castles.”


Healthy Hippocampus For Memory Retrieval

Our hippocampus plays a crucial role when writing our memoirs.


Margate Bookie Literary Festival

On Saturday, October 21st, I attended the Margate Bookie literary festival to hear Deborah Levy talk about her latest novel August Blue


Our Senses Take Us Back In Time

Your hear Proust, you think cake – or is that just me?

And after I’ve had a little think about cake and the madeleines I must bake, I think about the power of smell and taste to take us back in time.


Scenes not chapters, your memoir deserves it

When crafting your memoir, I always encourage my authors to resist the urge to organise their life stories in chapters that summarise events and time periods.


Jericho Writers York Festival of Writing

I’ve just come home from the Jericho Writers York Festival of Writing, which was a wonderful three-day event of workshops, speakers, agent one-to-ones, friendship, food and dancing.


From rejection to number 1 bestseller

Thank you to memoirist Grace Olsen for this wonderful guest post. I came across Grace on Twitter and was hugely impressed with her positive attitude towards self-publishing and the success she has had.


What would you do in this situation?

Earlier this year, I finally got around to reading the memoir Educated by Tara Westover. So many people had recommended it to me.

Dear Marnie