Sunday, January 15, 2012

Memoir Competition - A Reminder

Closing date for this competition is coming up - 30 Jan 2012 - the Fish Short Memoir (Life Writing) Contest, with David Shields as the judge.

1st prize: €2,000, and the ten best short memoirs will be published in the 2012 Fish Anthology which will be launched July 2012.
2nd prize: one week at the stunning Writers’ Retreat at Casa Ana, in the mountainous La Alpujarra region of Spain, plus €300 towards travel.

Entries must be 4,000 words or less. Entry €15 online.

Fish can also provide a critique of your Memoir for €40 and even help you brush up your memoir writing skills by joining their online memoir writing course.

Which reminds me . . .

The Guardian/Observer had supplements this weekend about Making the Most of your Memory. I got the Saturday one but forgot today's one. Anyway yesterday's supplement had an article listing Memory Myths, false belief about memory held by many people.

These included:

Some people have photographic memories. FALSE.
Forgetting occurs gradually. FALSE.
Confidence is a reliable indicator of memory accuracy. FALSE.
Traumatic memories can be repressed and "recovered" years after they occurred. FALSE.
Hypnosis can be used to retrieve forgotten memories. FALSE.


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