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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4 Responses

  1. Meghan Portillo says:

    I thought this was a wonderful way to differentiate between the “me” genres (so to speak). I had never consciously thought about it the way you put it, but you really did an awesome job of telling us why memoirs are so important and not just someone writing about his/her life. I hope that writers and readers of memoirs gained a newfound respect and appreciation for the genre because of this piece – I know I definitely did. I felt that it also added more depth and tied together some of the things you’ve written regarding why memoirs matter and why it’s important to read them if you plan on writing one. This was very educational considering how brief it was ????

    • Viga Boland says:

      Thanks Meghan for your most encouraging feedback on this post. I am very fervent about the importance of memoirs, but I am also fervent that writers write them in a way that speaks to many, and for many, and not just themselves. Putting “ME” into MEmoir isn’t, as I said, about crying all over the page but writing in such a way that the reader feels “That’s my story too!” Not easy to do, but done well, worth the effort. I really hope we get some others responding to this one!

      • Meghan Portillo says:

        You are very welcome! I think a lot of people are under the impression that memoirs are easy to write – but some of the best memoirs I’ve read have been the most gut wrenching because of the subject matter. Getting a feeling across through the written word is really difficult to do, so that’s why I appreciated your saying that you can read up on subjects all day long but chances are you won’t find out what it’s *really* like unless you read a well written memoir.

        I hope you get more responses too – I think this is something any writer should read.

        • Viga Boland says:

          RE more responses, Meghan, I have to accept that many of our members have full time jobs, families etc. I am retired so my time is my own. Had I belonged to something like Memoirabilia on Facebook when I was even 20 years younger, I wouldn’t have time to respond either, let alone put all the hours into my site and into promoting other writers as I do now.

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