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When we read we get a sense of time and place when the writer tells us about specific localities. We get more vivid impressions when they mention places we know. Perhaps they also present topics of national importance – these days if you’re in the UK that might be about politics, our trains systems and our relationship with Europe. The may allude to international matters such as migration, international conflicts and climate change. In memoir or autobiography the writers also tell us about themselves. They will set the external matters to the appropriate times and places.
What things come to mind when you think about your life on:
• A local level?
• A national level?
• An international level?
• Also, what are your interests? What do they reveal about the larger culture?
Use these in a balanced way to produce a piece of autobiography or memoir.