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About GMoniz

I'm a 70 yr old beginner. I was a secretary for 43 years, so I feel comfortable with a keyboard. I've had a life filled with bumpy roads, but I've also experienced a lot of love and fun along the way. You've got to have a sense of humour to get you through the dark times. Over the past few years, I've started to write, and I find an escape to "the zone" (somewhat the same as I used to experience when painting.) I'm interested now in writing my memoirs, so I've decided to take this course. It will be interesting to see the writing of others in the process and I'm looking forward to it.

LESSON 7, Exercise 1, part 2 and Optional (critiques welcomed)

Exercise 1 (Part 2) Were you changed by the events in your memoir? What was the most important way in which you changed during the time period you’ll be writing about? ************** Yes, I was changed by the events I … Continue reading

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Lesson 6, Exercise 1 and Optional Exercise (critiques welcome)

EXERCISE 1: As an experiment, try rewriting one of your past assignments the way you would tell it to a friend. What comments and details would you use to try to keep your friend’s interest or to get a laugh? … Continue reading

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Lesson 5, Exercises 1 and 2: (Critiques welcomed)

EXERCISE 1: Make a list of some key scenes related to your memoir’s story or focus, summarizing each scene in just a few words. Example: KEY SCENES – Meeting Bob at John’s party. – First date with Bob. – Conversation … Continue reading

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LESSON 4, OPTIONAL EXERCISE: (critiques welcome)

Suicide attempt: In this instance, my propensity to fail was perhaps a good thing. The first thing I became aware of was the feeling of something being bumped against my lips. Puzzled, I struggled to open my eyes. When I … Continue reading

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LESSON 4, EXERCISE 2:

EXERCISE 2: Write down the theme of your memoir as a question or an issue you want to explore. Examples: – How was my family affected by the violence around us? – Dealing with grief. Note: The theme you choose … Continue reading

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Lesson 4, Exercise 1:

EXERCISE 1: Make a list of some conflicts (big or small, external or internal) that you could include in your memoir. Summarize each one briefly. Example: CONFLICTS – backpack too heavy – attacked by bull – grief over mother’s death … Continue reading

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Lesson 3:

OPTIONAL EXERCISE: Look at a photograph of your family. What memories does it bring back? Focus on one of the memories, trying to recall sounds, smells, and other sensations, as well as what things looked like. Spend ten minutes writing … Continue reading

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Lesson 3:

EXERCISE 6: Take a few minutes to write a one-line summary of your memoir. If you’re still not sure of the focus, you might try several options. Don’t let this exercise limit you. As you continue with this course, your … Continue reading

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Lesson 3:

EXERCISE 5: What was going on in your neighborhood, your town, your country, and the world during the time period you’ve decided to write about? You can do a little research to refresh your memory. Make a list of the … Continue reading

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Lesson 3:

Exercise 4: Travel back in your memory to the place, or one of the places, that you will be writing about in your memoir. Imagine that you’re back there, during the time period you’ll be writing about. Look around. Spend … Continue reading

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