Write Your Travel Memoirs:
5 Steps to Transform Your Travel Experiences Into Compelling Essays

by Sarah E. White

First Person Productions, 2010. ISBN 978-0-984-44130-3.
Reviewed by Judy Miller
Posted on 11/24/2010

Nonfiction: Memoir; Nonfiction: Travel/Adventure

I'm an avid traveler, so I was looking forward to reading Write Your Travel Memoirs: 5 steps to transform your travel experiences into compelling essays. And I was not disappointed, but inspired to sit down and begin drafting my first my travel essay which I finished this nifty, tightly written how-to.

Although only thirty-seven pages long, Write Your Travel Memoirs, based on her online class offered through Story Circle Network, is chock-full of information and advice. White guides the reader on how to write a compelling travel essay or memoir via five easy-to-follow lessons. She begins with the reasons we write travel memoirs and the purposes they serve for ourselves and others. She then follows with how to characterize yourself (the "hero" of your memoir or essay), the characterization of the traveling companions and the people that you meet when you travel, as well as the places that you visit.

White shares personal anecdotes and resources throughout her wonderful how-to. She also gives the reader an assignment at the end of each chapter, tied directly to the material covered. The reader can easily have a nice rough draft completed by the end of Chapter Four and be ready to write a memoir or essay by the end of Chapter Five. White includes several appendices--resources and the outline of her travel memoir, "Finding Our Place in Cinique Terre," also included in this book. So, in essence White has taken the reader from wanting to write a travel essay or memoir to how to do write it, to sharing her experience in a southern coastal section of Italy.

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Sarah E. White as taught memoir writing to small groups in person and online, honing the Write Your Travel Memoir curriculum. A published author on several business how-to books, Sarah entered the memoir genre in 2008 with the publication of "The Plunge" in My Words Are Gonna Linger, an anthology from Personal History Press. Find more info on Sarah on her website.

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