Our memories are unique to us and define who we are. A memoir is the best possible way to safeguard and preserve them.
Unlike an autobiography a memoir is not a chronological account of your life. It is simply a recollection of the events that - for diverse reasons - have meant most to you and can be retold as stories.
David Rolfe - creator and founder of The Memory Lane Club and Memoir Services - is a BAFTA-winning writer, producer and director of over 100 documentaries and programmes featuring all walks of life including prime ministers and royalty. You can see a full credit list on the British Film Institute site.
Embarking on a memoir could be daunting but setting about it one short story at a time makes it easy. It is even easier if you can take a systematic approach and that is what you will find here. Our approach also comes with various ways of stimulating your memory so you are never likely to find yourself lost for ideas. Once you have your list of stories in "Headings" form you then have the fun of deciding which ones you want to include and in which order.
These days, unless you prefer, you do not even have to write them out. Simply tell your story into the voice recorder on your smartphone. It can then be automatically transcribed ready for editing. Alternatively, working from your list of Headings, you can be interviewed and simply recall them as in a "conversation". You now have your memoirs in your own voice and told as you wish.
During a process of retrieval memories that once seemed to stand on their own may suddenly become connected. You are, metaphorically, climbing a gentle incline to a crest that will enable you to look back and see things laid out before you as in a landscape with its various features and landmarks. Their relationship to one another can, suddenly, become clear - even revelatory. These are the moments that can generate the all-important “reflections” on life and add the real value to a memoir.
Simply enrol below and take advantage of this introductory period where the site itself is free and so is the first month's subscription so you can evaluate. I only ask for your feedback if you have any. Cancel at any time.
Your personalised, dedicated and secure site has a note pad on every page so that any passing thought that comes into mind can be quickly jotted down. This can be vital. These notes are then saved into your own email account. All you need to do to make the most of this is be able to "copy and paste" from your email to your preferred word processing document. If you can do that then you are good to go.
Your personal website will comprise secure and personalised interactive pages totally exclusive to you with the full Guide and its associated interactive memory stimulations. There are no distracting advertisements - just pure advice, unique tools for memory stimulation and, of course, the Guide itself. Your site will also contain a private digital repository where you can upload any photos, documents and your drafts if you wish to do so or simply use it to back up your own memoir documents.
There is a £40 set-up charge for your personal and secure site but, during this introductory period this will be free to Founder Members. You will be given a dedicated Memoir Services website of your own. It will be secure and private to you. As a "Founder Member" you will also get a free month's subscription to see how effective it is for yourself. Thereafter, the subscription will be £5 per month reducing to £3 per month after 6 months. Your can cancel your subscription when you finish your memoir or at any time before if you wish. Members also have access to a range of exclusive services for the final publication of their memoir. We really do make it easy.