Creating a Memory Tree for Your Memoir
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Creating a Memory Tree for Your Memoir

The First Step to Telling Your Story
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Created by Sarah Bradley
Last updated 5/2017
English
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  • 36 mins on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Use a unique brainstorming tool called a "Memory Tree" to organize their life experiences before they begin writing a memoir
  • Identify the focal points of their story
  • Develop overarching themes for their memoir
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Requirements
  • You should have beginning-level writing experience
  • You should have a great story to tell
Description

You have so many great stories to tell! Some of them may even make for quite an interesting memoir--if you could figure out how to write one! If you're a beginning writer, tackling a memoir might seem like a daunting task. You might be wondering which of your personal experiences should be included in your memoir and how you can tie all your memories together into one story. 

Take the First Step in Writing a Memoir By Creating a Memory Tree.

  • Learn the difference between writing a memoir and an autobiography 
  • Understand what comprises strong memoir writing
  • Develop a memory tree to reconnect with your memories 
  • Learn how to organize those memories in a cohesive way
  • Find a focus and overarching theme for your memoir

Developing a memory tree from your personal experiences will give you much-needed clarity and focus before you begin to tell your story to a larger audience. 

Memoir is a very popular genre of storytelling, but there are many misconceptions about what memoir is and how best to write one. You will learn the do's and dont's of writing a strong memoir, as well as how to really engage readers with your writing.

You will also be better prepared to develop a theme or focus for your memoir through the creation of a memory tree, a brainstorming tool designed to help you reconnect with and organize your memories. It's perfect for beginning writers looking to kick start their writing process.

Most of my students are beginning writers, so I know how difficult it is to have a great story to tell but lack the information needed to put that story down on paper. The lectures in this course gradually build a foundation toward a better understanding of memoir. I offer summaries of what memoir is, what the key elements of the genre are, and how to incorporate universal, relatable themes in your writing.

When it's time to learn what a memory tree is and how you can use it to improve your writing process, you will watch two separate demonstrations of how to create a memory tree. You will see me create a fictional tree from start to finish, and watch me make connections between similar memories. This visual demonstration will help you begin developing a theme from your many, varied experiences.

Finally, you will be invited to create your own memory tree during the course. Once it's complete, I will provide you with some next steps in your journey toward telling your story. By the end of the course, you will have a memory tree full of significant experiences and will feel more confident about starting to write your own memoir. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to write a memoir but doesn't know how to get started
  • Anyone who doesn't know the difference between memoir and autobiography
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
1 Lecture 01:46

Meet Sarah Bradley, your instructor, and learn the course objectives.

Preview 01:46
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Understanding Memoir
3 Lectures 08:35

An overview of what memoir is (and what it isn't). 

Preview 02:52

Learn the objectives of writing a compelling memoir.

Preview 02:59

Broaden your memoir's scope and connect to a larger audience by finding a universal theme for your story.

Preview 02:44
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Making a Memory Tree
7 Lectures 20:57

A description of the brainstorming tool we will use in this course to connect with and organize our memories.

What is a Memory Tree?
02:27

A slowed-down look at the memory tree animation shown in lecture 5.

Another Look at Memory Tree Formation
01:13

An introduction to the creation of a memory tree, starting with the very first step. 

How Do I Create a Memory Tree?
01:55

Getting started with the formation.

Visual Demonstration of a Fictional Memory Tree Phase 1
03:19

Branching out on the tree.

Visual Demonstration of a Fictional Memory Tree Phase 2
03:55

Filling in your tree with memories.

Visual Demonstration of a Fictional Memory Tree Phase 3
07:33

Practice: Try Making Your Own Tree!
00:35
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Making Connnections
2 Lectures 03:48

Making connections between memories to focus the lens of your memoir.

How Do I Use My Memory Tree?
02:32

A visual demonstration of the options you have for making connections between memories on your tree.

Visual Demonstration of Making Connections on Your Tree
01:16
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Conclusion
2 Lectures 02:41
From Memory Tree to Memoir
01:16

Next steps and thank you!

Course Wrap-Up
01:25
About the Instructor
Sarah Bradley
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Freelance writer and creative writing instructor

Sarah Bradley is a freelance writer, creative writing teacher, and the founder of Pen to Paper Creative Writing Services. She has written for various print and online media sources for more than ten years. Since 2012, she has been teaching creative writing to youth and adults, encouraging writers of all ages to put "pen to paper" and tell their stories. 

In 2014, Sarah was the recipient of the first place prize in fiction at the Trumbull, Connecticut Arts Festival. Her fiction has appeared in The Lost Country, The Forge Literary Magazine, and Black Fox Literary Magazine. Her nonfiction on motherhood and raising boys has been featured at Tribe Magazine, Mom dot me, Sammiches & Psych Meds, Mommy Nearest, Mothers Always Write, and Parent dot co. 

In her "free time," Sarah is a baker, homeschooler, and lover of anything DIY. Thanks to her sons, she also knows more about dinosaurs than she ever thought possible.