I'm leading a session at a Canadian Creative Nonfiction conference in May, and I'm curious what you think of the word 'momoir'.
Diminutive, marketing term, or movement?
Wow! I think I have been living with my head in the sand. This is really eye-opening to me, and a clear reminder that the female voice is entirely too quiet (or shushed). I do wonder if the number of submissions to these magazines reflects the same lopsided numbers or if women were simply filtered. It would be interesting to know that too. This has changed my day....I have some thinking to do about this one. Thanks for sharing it.
"Momoir" means someone is trying to make even more money off "mommy bloggers."
Unfortunately, I fit both categories...been blogging for five years and writing about being a single mom in a third-world country.
_shrug_ It was bound to happen, people love new words.
I've got to pipe in here because I really resonate with the term, Momoir. Maybe because I was introduced to it by taking The Momoir Project writing classes with Cori Howard. She's the author of Between Interruptions - a book a of personal essays that are exquisitely written about the "truth" of motherhood experiences. And that's how she teaches her classes - as a craft of writing personal, honest, real essays.(You can contact her at email@example.com.)
I have a "mommy blog" but I like to think that my work is more "momoir" and less "bloggy" because Momoir to me suggests more depth, attention to writing, and no hidden sales pitches.
I know it's also a marketing term - a way to categorize the lit that's coming from mothers. On one hand, it's insulting that a memoir by a mother is termed Momoir and a memoir by a father would be termed Memoir. On the other hand, it's telling that we're creating a whole genre with our need for our voices to be heard!
Thanks Liesl for piping in!
I've noticed the 'momoir' class posters and visited the site. Looks like a smart business idea, and, also, fun. I read 'Between Interruptions' a few years ago and plan to get Howard's take on the word too. Good to know what 'momoir' has offered you. Can I ask: Do you think momoir is subject driven? Does momoir have to involve mothering in some form to qualify as 'momoir'? (i.e. relationship with kids/partner/parents/the self) Or is anything a mother writes momoir?
I think if the writing is informed by the writer's identity as mother, than it can be deemed momoir, even if its not exactly about motherhood. i.e. I've written much about the push and pull of working and juggling career and life, without really talking about my kid, but the push and pull is due to being a mother.
I also agree with Ruth that it should be up to writer as to how they identify their work.
It is marketing, to be sure, but in an awkward way. I don't like it.