Mary’s book, Become a Memoirist for Elders vividly describes the satisfactions and challenges of a new type of business: helping elderly clients capture their life stories in published memoirs that become cherished family heirlooms.

Based on Tyrrell’s extensive firsthand experience working with the elderly as a memoirist and gerontological nurse, Become a Memoirist for Elders is written in an easy-to-read narrative style and offers a wealth of interesting stories and useful examples. In its pages, Mary Tyrrell shares invaluable advice on working with elders, conducting interviews, composing memoirs, and creating and maintaining a successful memoir business with a minimal financial investment.

Learn how you can do the same through the experience and wisdom of a respected pioneer in this burgeoning new industry.

Reviews for “Become a Memoirist for Elders”

“Dear Mary, I received your book last Thursday and inhaled it over the weekend. I have been slowly developing my own business for the past year and plan on being fully operational by next fall. This slow pace coincides with my youngest child entering Kindergarten. I am so inspired and encouraged by your words and want to thank you for your generosity. I feel like you are holding my hand, long distance.”—Sarah Peck

“Yesterday I received Mary Tyrrell’s book, Become a Memoirist for Elders: Create a Successful Home Business, and I can’t recommend it enough. Mary gives such wonderful nuts-and-bolts advice about issues around working with elders, protecting confidentiality, making the interview go smoothly, etc., that I have not seen elsewhere. She shares all the stuff you would otherwise only learn through mistakes and unfortunate experiences, but now I can avoid those problems because Mary has alerted me to them.” —Sue Mitchell, An Untold Story

“[Mary’s book gives] a comprehensive look into the business of becoming a memoirist that includes the whys, hows, and whats … For everyone who has had the urge to get that life story recorded, this is the book to not only tell you how to do it, but expresses the joy found in doing it. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to capture and preserve life stories.” —Cheryl Svensson

“Mary’s book provides specific advice and information to help others understand what it’s like to be a memoirist for elders. She allows us to learn from her successes and her failures, although I think there haven’t been many of the latter. Her writing style is interesting and engaging. The depth of her knowledge is obvious, and her passion for memoir writing is contagious.” —”Book Worm”

“If you are considering the memoirist profession…or if you simply want to record the stories of your own family, this is a must read. Mary provides easy to follow yet comprehensive steps and she speaks from great experience. Mary has provided many many people with the lasting gift of a parent’s (or other elder’s) life story. I am one of those many people. And now Mary provides the path for others to do what she has done. I hope you enjoy reading Mary’s work as much as I did.” —Richard F.

“Becoming a Memoirist is the best book I’ve read on the topic. It highlights the value and satisfaction of the process, the steps necessary to craft a business, and the important nuances of working with elders and their families as the project unfolds. Mary’s experience, wisdom and thoroughness come through on each page. It is comprehensive and thorough in detailing all the nuances of starting this type of business. I especially enjoyed the inclusion of the chapter on ethical considerations. As someone very interested in preserving the legacies of past generations, this book is part of a larger movement to facilitate that process. It is especially satisfying to focus on the elder who relates their story and who ultimately is the guest of honor at the book signing. This book allows for a win –win-win experience for the elder, the family including generations to come, and the memoirist. Whether you want to start a business or just want to know how to capture the life of a family member,through thoughtful interviewing, this book will enormously helpful.” — Joanne Hadlock, Ph. D.