Here’s more advice on memoir writing, this time in regards to dialogue.
C.S. Lakin reminds memoirists that of course they’re going to have to put words in others’ mouths — even the sharpest memory won’t recall everything exactly as it was.
The key is to ensure you capture the intent of what was said, not the verbatim transcription, and to also capture the speaker’s voice.
Lakin has tips on how to study real-life conversation and examples of outstanding dialogue in memoirs on Live Write Thrive.