What Is a Memoir?

From the French language standpoint, I have not written a mémoire but a récit, which translates as a story. It means I have narrated some of the authentic events of my life.

The French word mémoire is the final work of a student demonstrating learned expertise. At the doctorate level, it is called thèse—thesis—and can reach 300 pages.

The English word ‘memoir‘ is often misunderstood, too. It is not an autobiography, as per my Interview of a Memoirist published in WordWorks (pages 21-25), the magazine of the Federation of British Columbia Writers. Or, you can read that article in Other Stories.