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Birren compares reminiscence and life review (essentially "conversation and exchange," whose underlying purpose is generally to "relieve loneliness in life") with GAB, which is "defined and structured, permits evaluation, and is in fact being evaluated." Elsewhere he calls it a "guided tour of your life." Evaluation is not what's important for GAB groups and leaders.
William Zinser says, Unlike autobiography, which moves in a dutiful line from birth to fame, memoir narrows the lens, focusing on a time in the writers life that was unusually vivid, such as childhood or adolescence, or that was framed by war or travel or public service or some other special circumstance.
Indeed, one of the important skills of memoir writing is the selection of the theme or themes that will bind the work together." The nature of the memoir, says Marc Pachter, is to be more outward than inward: myself among others, myself in the world, my view of my public self.
You are the frame through which we meet other people.
With rare exceptions, autobiography isnt about exploring the subjects psyche. Memoirists may research old letters, conduct interviews with family members, examine family documents and photographs, but the reliance on ones subjective perceptions of the past is at the heart of memoir.
Whereas autobiography tells the story of what happened based on historical facts, memoir examines why it happened, what the story means.
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~ Sue William Silverman, in "The Meandering River: An Overview of the Subgenres of Creative Nonfiction" (which you can read on her website or in her book, Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir.