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Comment by Heather Marsten on Friday

In a way all memoir has elements of fiction. We tell our stories to the best of our ability. When I look back on my past the narrative changes. At one point I was victim and I saw my past through the eyes of the terrible things done to me. Now that I've healed, I see myself as victor and that colors how I look on my past. I've gained more compassion for my abusers, see how hurt people hurt people. The facts are the same, but my perspective has changed.

Comment by Lucille Joyner on Friday

A memoir that needs to be re-written as fiction. What an interesting idea. If you did that, would it still be a memoir? 

Comment by Adrienne Ross Scanlan on Friday

Lucille, there are times when memoir needs to be re-written as fiction. Is this one of those times?

Comment by Lucille Joyner on Friday

Adrienne, your suggestions are good leads. 

You see, when you are writing a Memoir, and your memoir involves people you have known, even if they are dead, there may be a limit to what you can say. I'm not talking about slander or anything like that. I wouldn't do that anyway, but sometimes you can't be as open and frank about someone else as you would about yourself. You may want to quote a letter, and perhaps you shouldn't. SOMEONE must know where the limit is. I will look into your suggestions. 

Comment by Adrienne Ross Scanlan on Thursday

Lucille, I think you're thinking of an intellectual property / intellectual property rights attorney, although that may be more specifically for copyright or patent issues. You could also try talking to an arts attorney.

You could try contacting your local bar association and ask if there are any attorneys practicing in those areas. Many (not all) attorneys offer a free 30 minute consultation where you might be able to get enough information to see if this is the right attorney for you.

Also, the US Copyright Office has lots of excellent information on copyright protection.

Hope this helps.

Comment by Lucille Joyner on Thursday

Does anybody know whether there is such a thing as a Writers' Attorney, you know, someone who know the legalities of writing?

Comment by Carol Clouse on July 11, 2014 at 1:38pm

Thanks Lucille!

Comment by Lucille Joyner on July 11, 2014 at 1:34pm

It all works, now, Carol. Good job.

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Comment by Lucille Joyner on July 11, 2014 at 11:33am

Carol, check your link. You click on it and it goes nowhere.


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