How Do Snaps, Scraps, and Snippets Add Up to Memoir?

 How do snaps, scraps, and snippets add up to memoir?

How-to, non-fiction for poets, writers, memoirists, genealogists – by Lois J. Funk

 Manito, ILSnaps, Scraps & Snippets of the Past and Present, by Lois J. Funk, is available now, at and will be available soon through Barnes and Noble, at Funk introduces a new approach to writing life stories and more. Using a brand new set of writers’ tools, seasoned poets and writers rekindle their inspiration; genealogists see their ancestors in a different light; and memoirists search for, find, and develop memories that have been hidden away in the “dark rooms” of their minds. Beginning poets and writers learn how to show, not tell, their own stories in any genre they wish and, just as crucial, how to sort and save what is important while discarding what is not. From short poems to lengthy memoir, readers and writers alike are encouraged to “sharpen your pick, polish your shovel, and start digging…”

 “Memories are nothing less than bits of gold waiting to be mined

 from the veins of life.”

 Funk is an internationally published children’s author and poet whose work appears in a wide range of publications, including Pieces of Her Mind – Women Find Their Voice in Centuries-Old Forms, a book of Japanese English-Language senryu, tanka, and kyoka written entirely by women.

‘Too often beginning writers are told to “show, not tell.” However, they are not told how to do that. Lois Funk, in Snaps, Scraps, and Snippets uses the example of taking pictures and vignettes from her childhood and trips abroad to do exactly that. Every beginning writer (and some seasoned ones) should read this book. It is charming and endearing and uses the simplest of things — such as a sieve — to show one how to sort through the good and bad of one’s writing. I would definitely recommend this book for my beginning students.’ – Alvin Thomas Ethington, Editor, Pieces of Her Mind; staged playwright, published author, and professional reviewer.

‘In Snaps, Scraps and Snippets, Lois Funk provides writers young and not-so-young with practical tools to help them re-discover lost memories and find fresh inspiration in them. She shows through her own personal experiences how using these tools can make anyone a better writer. After all, any life can be turned into an exciting story if you are a good storyteller.’ – Kevin Kizer, Sr. Writer, The Peorian magazine. 

Visit the author on Facebook, at Writings by Lois J. Funk.


For a glimpse into my books, Snaps, Scraps & Snippets of the Past and Present, and Light for the Burning Soul, please visit my website as and feel free to leave a comment.


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