Dialogue in Memoir

A guest post I did over at Carrot Ranch on the subject of memoir.

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

By Irene Waters

I sit and listen to news of blisteringly cold gales, snow falls, and marvel at photos of these dumps of snow on Facebook and Instagram. We are still in summer here with no evidence of autumn being around the corner and no doubt those in the northern hemisphere will be wondering if they will ever come in from the cold.

This puts me in mind of memoir as a genre. Will it ever come in from the cold and be given the value it deserves. Despite Frank McCourt and Mary Karr who are credited with being the first to move memoir up a notch in people’s estimation, memoir is still talked of in hushed tones. Writer’s of memoir often seem a little embarrassed that this is the genre they write. Other writers might quickly say, “I don’t write memoir.” What is the problem with owning our own…

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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12 Responses to Dialogue in Memoir

  1. ladyfi says:

    I’m really learning to love non-fiction and memoirs! One of my favourites is the amazing H is for Hawk.

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  2. bowmanauthor says:

    Irene, now I’ve found your blog! I’m on bowmanauthor, of course. In the process of setting up a wellness blog for auto-immune deficiency conditions. I’m a 28-year survivor (never a victim!) of SLE Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Some days are better than others, my dear…

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    Great topic this month, Irene. Dialogue can move a story in many different directions, giving that creative ability and yet staying true to memory.

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