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The Davis Writers Salon Message Board › The limits of literary license when writing memoirs.

The limits of literary license when writing memoirs.

Roger
rlkelley
Davis, CA
Post #: 11
Fellow writers,

Last night I suggested that a memoir should not sacrifice fact to literary license. Good people can legitimately disagree as to the limit of allowable compromise between strict adherence to fact and quality story-telling. Those limits will also vary according to the type and the circumstances of publication.
I thought others might welcome discussion of the topic. I therefore present these articles for your perusal, each obtained by googling. Each has ideas I hadn’t thought of. The articles express a range of opinion. For me, a disclaimer in the writer’s preface and, even better, clear indication within the text of “non-literalness ahead” would go a long way to keep the reader from disillusionment.

http://www.npr.org/20...­
http://www.huffington...­
http://theeditorspov....­
http://meghanward.com...­
http://www.politico.c...­ (note: politicians get less slack than others on sticking to strict facts.)
http://readingnarrati...­
http://talkingwriting...­
http://books.google.c...­ (Note: This is part of a Maureen O’Connor book: Life Stories, a Guide...)

Cheers,
Roger

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