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Create a Memoir…

…and embark on a journey of discovery.

I have created a guide to make getting started on a memoir easy and the process enjoyable. My systematic approach creates a simple roadmap to retrace your own journey. Our memories are unique to us and, arguably, define who we are. A memoir is the best possible way to safeguard and preserve them.

David Rolfe

David Rolfe is a BAFTA-winning documentary maker. He has produced and directed over 100 programmes featuring the lives of people from all walks of life including prime ministers and royalty. See his BFI page here.

Contact me by email for information about my personal filming and presentation services.

The best kind of memoir…

…is not, necessarily, a chronological account of your life. It should be more a recollection of the events that - for diverse reasons - have meant most to you and can be retold, ideally, as stories about those events and the people and places involved. The guide will soon get you in the swing of recognising these as its various techniques stimulate your memory.

Life's events can carry so much momentum that the opportunity to reflect on them is sometimes lost before the next event or experience comes along. A memoir is also an opportunity to indulge that reflection with the benefit of a greater perspective and, hopefully, the wisdom that experience can give. In short, creating a memoir can be a voyage of self-discovery, a journey you take at your own pace and in your own time. You will also find it can be used to create its own opportunities, if you wish, to reacquaint yourself with people and places.

Who is it for?

For the reasons above, it is primarily for your benefit. The next set of beneficiaries will be those near and dear and some, perhaps, yet to be born. In some way they will have been shaped by what happened in your life and they will be fascinated to learn as much about it as they can. And, who knows? Sometimes a memoir can take off and find a life of its own and a much wider audience. Our generation has seen - and had to cope with - more changes than any other.

Don't forget the pictures

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As ever, they can be worth even more than words, but not just to the viewer. And now is the time to make sure that any of the vintage slides, prints, cine and video in your collection are brought into the digital age.

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David Rolfe
Memoir Services
Town Hall
Penn Road
Beaconsfield, HP9 2PP
01494 670241

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