Give life to your memoir with dialogue


Viga Boland

Viga Boland is the author of 4 memoirs. She mentors memoir and creative writing groups for the Hamilton, Ontario Public Library. She is also a paid speaker at conferences on child sexual abuse. Viga blogs and podcasts from her site at MEMOIRABILIA, from her personal author's website, VIGA BOLAND, and on her latest site for writers of all genres, VIANVI.

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3 Responses

  1. Evelisse Castro says:

    I agree with needing dialogue to move a story along and captivate readers, but how do you deal with the fact that there is no way to remember every conversation we’ve ever had. If we paraphrase dialogue, is it still memoir?

    • Viga Boland says:

      Evelisse, of course it’s impossible for us to remember exactly what was said, and the older we get, the harder that becomes. And that’s where the “creative” part has to come into memoir ie. the author writes the dialogue as closely as they remember, capturing the tone of voice, the mood, the feelings via the dialogue. It’s still memoir even if the words aren’t 100% accurate. Who on earth could reproduce conversations that accurately?

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