This question came from a member of the Words Into Print writing group. Gosh, there are so many, it's hard to pick a favorite. Here's a list, in no particular order, of some of the books I've read over the years on how to write a memoir: Writing About Your Life, by William Zinsser The Art of Memoir, by Mary Karr Telling the Stories of Life Through Guided Autobiography Groups, by James E. Birren The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story, by Linda Myers Old Friend From Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir, by Natalie Goldberg And here's an article about how to write a memoir, from the Guardian, which I discovered just now: The Naked Truth: How to Write a Memoir, by Blake Morrison, The Guardian, December 14, 2019 And here's an excerpt from another book I like, called Thinking About Memoir, by Abigail Thomas: How to Write Your Own Memoir, by Abigail Thomas, O, The Oprah Magazine, August 2008 In all honesty, crafting a compelling narrative—a traditional story arc, with a beginning, a middle, and an end—is really hard, and most people get discouraged. It takes a lot of stamina. I don't insist on it, because there are other, easier methods of writing down your life story. Nowadays, I encourage people to write short pieces--stories, essays--and let them accumulate. At some point, you'll have enough to put together in a volume, which will amount to a mosaic portrait, the story of your life in short but satisfying glimpses. Abigail Thomas's book Thinking About Memoir is useful for that approach, and so is the book by James Birren (above). I used to own all of these books, and many more about memoir-writing. When I moved from a big house to a little house, I gave most of them to the Randolph Thrift Shop. The ones that made it all the way to France, where I live now, are those by Mary Karr, Linda Myers, and Abigail Thomas. I guess that should tell you something.