Privileged Perspective in Memoir: Building the Bridge of Trust by Trusting the Reader

by Tara Caimi

This craft paper first published in the Writer’s Chronicle and examines techniques authors of memoir use to build credibility and elicit trust.

Cover image of three female paper dolls cut out of a newspaper
Credibility is one of the most important qualities of an effective memoir, yet sometimes the truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction. What happens when real-life events are truly unbelievable? The memoirist’s job is not only to infuse the essence of truth into those events that would otherwise be too outrageous to believe, but also to employ creative techniques that will enhance the emotional response to factual events.
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