A memoir is a memory or a description of an event from the past that taught you something or made you see something in a different way. In short, a memoir typically is:
Memoirs call for a good story, for problems, and themes, for humor, and detail. The writer edits his or her life for the reader. Of course, you will not remember every detail or conversation exactly as it happened. As a memoirist, you are allowed to recreate the scene as best as you can remember, filling in the smaller details. Try to capture the feeling of that moment. Don’t worry about having everything historically correct.
Keep in mind that like most assignments in this class, other student writers may be reading and reviewing your work, so choose a topic you feel comfortable sharing with an audience.