Memoir Writing

Memoir Writing

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

Olive Oatman the Tattooed Girl, Personal Memoir Writing

Episode: Olive Oatman the Tattooed Girl, Personal Memoir Writing

  • Jan 15, 2016 10:00 pm
  • 51:40 mins

Guest: Joey Franklin, PhD, Professor of English at Brigham Young University A lot of us write about our lives on Facebook or Instagram. We share little snippets of our lives. They’re often mundane and always curated. We crop the clutter out of the picture; wait for the one moment when the kids are finally playing together nicely to snap a shot; and channel a little extra positivity before writing the caption--#blessed. Maybe we’re completely honest in a private diary, but certainly not when publishing our lives to the world. And yet, when was the last time you read a memoir or autobiography that including only sunny, sweet moments? How boring. The messy truth of life is what makes memoir so compelling to readers. Adolescent humiliation, marital angst, parenting failures and a willingness not to take himself seriously all figure prominently in the collection of personal essays BYU English professor Joey Franklin has just published. The book is called, “My Wife Wants You to Know I’m Happily Married.”