Types of Biography and Autobiography

Every family has at least three great secrets waiting to be told.  Writer, Stephen Poliakoff.

One of the lessons I’ve learned from writing this memoir is how much we all have in common.  Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle

Biography, autobiography, and memoir can all be gathered under the general heading of Life Writing, which is simply ‘the recording of selves, memories and experiences whether one’s owns or another’s.’ So if your family catch you scribbling or recording away and ask what you’re doing you can loftily reply, ‘I’m writing/recording my memoirs’ and fix them with a look which will leave them nervous you’ll include that embarrassing incident. Or even worse leave them out altogether! read more

IF YOU ONLY DO ONE THING…FILL OUT THIS LIFE STORY QUESTIONNAIRE!

We know that people often have the best intentions about writing their memoirs. It is something that so many of our friends and family intend to do and yet it is something that many people put off indefinitely. This is most understandable. It is difficult to take time out to undertake such a task and even more difficult to write about your own life. So where on earth to start? read more

HOW TO RESEARCH YOUR FAMILY TREE

Many people consider researching their family tree but are put off by the misplaced perception of how daunting such a task might be. The key, however, is to start small: collect important information from as many sources as possible; take your time; and take advantage of all the modern tools now available for you to research and record the details of your ancestors’ lives. The aim is to find out more information about your family and where you come from – it should be an enjoyable process, not an arduous one. So, where to start? read more