Legacy Writing

Memoirs

The emphasis in a memoir is on a significant event in the writer’s life. The writer tells the story in order to understand and/or explain its significance.

Legacy Letters

The emphasis in a legacy letter (or ethical will) is on the sharing of the wisdom that comes from one’s life experiences. Addressed to a particular individual or group, the letter relies on stories from the writer’s life to illustrate her or his core values and life lessons.