More than half the authors we work with at kn literary arts are writing their own stories. Whether for their heart, their art, or in hopes of becoming a bestseller. Life is asking for their experience to make it to the page and into the world.

Alas, too often these aspiring memoirists get pretty far down the path of writing without understanding the two things that take a memoir from “good” to “great.”

I don’t want this to be you!

I want you to find enthusiastic readers for your book—and that means you need to know these two secrets that all the best memoirs have in common.

 

Best Memoirs

That’s why I’ve put this video lesson together for you. You’ll learn:

  • The difference between a true memoir and a chronicle of events
  • What it takes to win readers who don’t already know you
  • How to bring your story to life in a way that keeps the pages turning
  • A practical writing exercise to help you on your way

Plus, at the end of the video I show you five of my favorite memoirs. These five books exemplify just what I’m talking about. Read them, and you’ll get a visceral experience of what I’m hoping to see in your book!

If you’re writing your story, I hope you’ll watch this video and take it to heart.

Best Memoirs

Kelly Notaras is the founder of kn literary arts and the author of THE BOOK YOU WERE BORN TO WRITE: Everything You Need to (Finally) Get Your Wisdom Onto the Page and Into the World, published by Hay House. An editor for 20 years, she’s worked at HarperCollins, Penguin, Hyperion and Sounds True. She speaks regularly at the Hay House Writer’s Workshops and offers consultation by appointment. Find out more about how she can help you with your book.