Eight Steps to Writing Your Memoir


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Author and training specialist David Cariens reveals the eight steps to writing a meaningful memoir. “I truly believe writing for future generations is something we all need to do. In my work as an educator and trainer, I believe I have developed a sure-fire method for writing the stories of your life.”

Because writing about yourself is often a difficult type of writing, Carien’s book is a refreshing look at a methodology that proves successful for those who follow his eight-step plan.


David Cariens

David Cariens is a retired CIA political analyst. He wrote finished intelligence for all level of consumers including the President and members of the intelligence and policymaking communities. Cariens continues to teach intelligence and crime analysis for the U.S. government and abroad.

He served as a member of the Ad-hoc Program Advisory Committee (PAC) relative to the development of the Bachelor of Applied Public Safety (BAPS) – Specialization in Crime and Intelligence Analysis at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada. He teaches at the University of Richmond’s Osher Institute and was an adjunct professor at VCU’s Homeland Security Department.

Cariens is a victims’ rights advocate. He is the author of A Question of Accountability: The Murder of Angela Dales — an examination of the shooting at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia, and Virginia Tech: Make Sure It Doesn’t Get Out, an analysis of that rampage. His other books include, Critical Thinking Through Writing: Intelligence and Crime Analysis, Intelligence and Crime Terminology: A Glossary of Terms and Acronyms, A Handbook for Intelligence and Crime Analysis, and The America We All Want: Protecting Your Community From Gun Violence. Cariens is a contributing author to the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Agency’s textbook, Criminal Intelligence for the 21st Century.

He is he director of the Writers Guild of Virginia.



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