Memoir Moment #7 with Jessica Bram

by Matilda Butler on July 5, 2009

Post #22 – Women’s Memoirs, Memoir Moment #7 — Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

In this Memoir Moment series focusing on openings, I share a recent conversation with author Jessica Bram. Jessica’s memoir, Happy Ever After Divorce: Notes of a Joyful Journey has just recently been published. I asked her to share with us how she decided on her opening.

Are you are having a hard time with the opening to your memoir? Don’t know where to start? Wondering how many times you have to rewrite it to get it just right? Then you’ll take comfort in listening in as Jessica tells how many rewrites she did before her opening was ready for publication. [Hint: She calculates she rewrote it as many times as Hemmingway said he rewrote the first part of A Farewell to Arms.]

Have you ever thought about using a “take away” in your opening? Don’t know about the gift for your reader of a “take away?” Jessica’s comments will give you new ideas for crafting your memoir’s opening.

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If you would like to hear Jessica’s entire interview where she answered questions from www.womensmemoirs.com writers, CLICK HERE.

If you’d like to read Jessica’s upbeat and helpful memoir, please click on the book link to purchase through Amazon. If you’d like to read our review of this outstanding memoir, CLICK HERE.

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Jamuna Advani July 30, 2009 at

Matilda and Kendra, thank you for bringing all these writers and their stories. I loved this interview with Jessica Bram.

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