Memoir Template
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Section 1

Briefly introduce yourself to your audience. Starting out with an anecdote will pull the reader in quickly. 

 

Introduction

When I was small, my mother used to tell me [recount memory relevant to the story]. I will always remember her words, especially as I [action]. While my childhood was [pleasant/unpleasant/uneventful/difficult], I always felt [how did you feel?].

 

Section 2

Make a statement about the topic you plan to cover. This will set the tone for the article and will give readers an idea of what they should expect.  

Statement

I’ve always thought [explain your topic and how you feel about it]

 

Section 3

Provide an anecdote to prove your point.

Anecdote

Never was this clearer than when I was [age] and first [action taken]. That day stands out in my mind because [why it stands out]. [Add details]

 

Section 4

Explain what you learned from your experiences.

 

Lessons Learned

While that point in my life was [difficult/amazing/short lived etc.], I learned a few things. Specifically: [list the lessons learned or make your point]

 

Section 5

Another anecdote will cement your point.

 

Anecdote 2

Another time, [recount another relevant memory].

Section 6

Recap your main point and what you learned and finish up with a call to action.

Conclusion

In the end, [memories] taught me [lessons learned] and I’m grateful to them. Now it’s your turn. What can YOU do to change the world?