We Love Memoirs Day
annually on August 31st (since 2013)
We Love Memoirs Day was created in 2013 by two memoir authors, Victoria Twead and Alan Parks. They also formed a Facebook group to connect admirers, readers, and authors of memoirs. A memoir is different from an autobiography in that an autobiography may cover an individual's whole life, but a memoir has a narrower focus and covers a significant moment in a person's life. Examples of memoirs that are seen as having great historical importance include Henry David Thoreau's Walden, and Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl.
How to Observe
The day could be celebrated by thinking about writing your own memoir. Victoria Twead and Alan Parks both believe a good way to get started writing a memoir is to jot down notes whenever something interesting happens to you. Why not celebrate the day by beginning to do this? Victoria and Alan also think your work should be read by someone who doesn't know you, and recommend joining an online writing group. Joining the We Love Memoirs group might be a good place to start. There are many other tips for writing a memoir online. The day could also be spent reading a memoir. There are many noteworthy memoirs to be read.