Workshop > Theme
Aug 18

Theme

Both memoir and autobiographies focus in on the story of a life, but a big difference between the two is that in memoir, there is a theme at the center of the storyline.

Activity: In order to find your theme, make a list of stories in your life. Have you dealt with grief? Traveled? Lived in a rural area? Come of age? These are all common themes for memoir. You can, of course, go beyond common themes. Are you writing about escape in the context of running away with the circus? Great!

If you're stuck, think about a time that you told a story and really enjoyed telling it. Why did you like telling it? What was it about? Was there a moral or point to the story? What did you learn from this event?