Writing a 3,000 word memoir

I shared the first two pages of my memoir entitled Memories of Me. I shared it at Memoirfest sitting in an oval circle with other memoir students and alum. I was brave enough to share my writing in a public way. I’ve never shared my writing outside of the classroom. Going to Memoirfest and sharing and getting positive feedback and so many nice comments on my writing was just the thing I needed to feel a sense of confidence that yes I can do this. Yes I can write my Memoir in three or four years! I just need to hold on and go through the process by always being present. This is where I am right now at home writing this blog post. In two weeks the Spring semester will be starting and I will be going over my 3,000 word memoir piece with Professor Giunta after our first class meeting for Advanced Memoir Workshop. For me the secret is to breathe, stay present, set my writing appointments each week, write, go back to specific chapters in Living to Tell the Tale and DeSalvo’s Writing as a Way of Healing and write five entries in my process journal every week once the semester starts.

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I am a Black Guyanese woman. I'm thirty nine years old. I went back to college to take Early Childhood Education classes. I want to get a second 48-credit BA degree in Early Childhood Education by 2021. I go to NJCU. I have a BA in Creative Writing from NJCU. I graduated from NJCU in August 2015. I transferred to NJCU from Mercer. I have my AA degree from Mercer in Humanities and Social Science since May 2007. I write poems, I write memoirs, I'm a blogger and I am taking a children's lit course. I love reading memoirs. I also do book reviews from time to time. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. I live in Princeton Junction with my parents!

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