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Writing Memoir (Lit Starts) A Book of Writing Prompts

Writing Memoir (Lit Starts)

A Book of Writing Prompts

By San Francisco Writers' Grotto
Foreword by Julie Lythcott-Haims


Price: $11.69

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  • Publication Date: July 5, 2022
  • Imprint: Abrams Noterie
  • ISBN: 9781647009731
  • Page Count: 96
  • Rights: World/All

A book of writing prompts from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, authors of the bestselling 642 Things series

Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Writing Memoir starts with a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims, who offers pointers for crafting a compelling narrative from your own experiences. The rest of the book consists of prompts and space to think, providing opportunities to reframe aspects of your life in thoughtful and interesting ways. Among other ideas, you’ll be asked to write:

  • a virtual tour of your hometown
  • a description of what’s in your purse or wallet right now
  • a list of all the lies you’ve told
  • an account of a historical event from your own lifetime, in a way that reveals something significant about yourself

Take to a café, on vacation, or on your morning commute and practice your creative writing a little bit at a time.

Special Features

  • Advice from a published writer, followed by prompts
  • Part of the Lit Starts series, a collection of single-subject writing prompt books by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto

Check out the other books in this series: Writing Action, Writing Character, Writing Dialogue, Writing Humor, and Writing Sci-fi and Fantasy.


"Good writing begins with WRITING–anything! JUST WRITE, GODAMMIT! Inside these books are 388 wildly creative, ridiculously fun ideas and prompts to get you going. Seriously, if these workbooks don't get you going, then you need to forget about writing and go open a dry-cleaning franchise."
bestselling author of Stiff, Spook, Bonk, and Grunt, among others, Mary Roach

About the author

The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto is a community of writers that was founded in 1993. It now has more than 100 members who share workspace and teach classes in downtown San Francisco. Julie Lythcott-Haims is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Raise an Adult and the critically acclaimed memoir Real American.

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