Custodians of Memory

William Zinsser on writing memoir

Want to write a memoir? Become a custodian of memory, says William Zinnser.

Writers are the custodians of memory, and that’s what you must become if you want to leave some kind of record of your life and of the family you were born into.

— William Zinsser, “How to Write a Memoir,” The American Scholar, May 12, 2015,