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Enter The Squared Circle: 12 Must-Read Pro Wrestling Memoirs

You don’t have to be a pro wrestling fan to appreciate these 12 must-read memoirs from pro wrestling icons like Bret Hart, Jerry Lawler, and The Bella Twins. Fans worldwide know there’s more to professional wrestling than fighting and entertainment. They look beyond the show’s spectacle and find a deeper connection with the pro wrestlers, admiring them for countless reasons, from their humble beginnings to inspirational careers.

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Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks  by Mick Foley

Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and Mankind. These are just a few of the faces that Mick Foley has worn throughout his illustrious professional wrestling career. Overcoming some of the most famous injuries in pro wrestling, from a broken jaw to a missing ear to second-degree burns, he proved that he was fearless. When asked if he misses the thrill of the fight after retiring, Foley says, “I feel the same adrenaline rush when I’m writing.” Relive his rise to superstardom by reading his bestselling autobiography.

Mox  by Jon Moxley

Known as the first 3-time  All Elite Wrestling  world champion, Jon Moxley proudly penned his self-titled memoir to tell fans how he went from being a nobody to a somebody. With his wife and daughter serving as motivation, Moxley’s story writing goal was to “say what you want to say and mean what you want to say and get your point across.”

Incomparable  by Brie and Nikki Bella

The iconic  World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame  tag team, The Bella Twins, sought the healing power of co-writing their memoir together. Their story reveals the trauma they faced during childhood, showing how perseverance molded them into more than just strong women. The identical twins became household names with their reality TV shows and winning several championships, like WWE Divas.

Under the Black Hat: My Life in the WWE and Beyond  by Jim Ross

Pro wrestling fans will be delighted to read a new memoir by legendary commentator and WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross. As a follow-up to his bestselling memoir,  Slobberknocker , Ross speaks the truth about his career, relationships with wrestlers, aging, and disability. Chris Jericho dubs Ross a master storyteller, stating, “this book is the perfect forum for his 40 years’ worth of tales.”

Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of WrestleMania  by Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan is arguably one of the greatest WWE superstars. From winning epic ca reer-defining matches to being crowned a champion several times, this underdog won fans over with his moving “Yes!” chant every time he entered the squared circle. His memoir will inspire many as it tells the tale of someone who never gave up on pursuing their dreams, despite the odds stacked against them.

Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling  by Bret Hart

This memoir from WWE Legend Bret “The Hitman” Hart was a New York Times Bestseller and still ranks high as one of the most honest tellings of life as a pro wrestler. Born into the wrestling business, Hart chronicles his five-decade-long career in his memoir, noting his struggles with addiction and career-ending injuries. Regardless of the setbacks, he won numerous championships, proving “he’s the best there is, was, or ever will be.”

Heartbreak & Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story  by Shawn Michaels

A  WWE superstar  is an all-encompassing enigma, combining wrestling and entertainment skills to build a character everyone loves. Shawn “The Showstopper” Michaels is a true superstar with a career spanning 22 years, which he describes in his touching memoir about success and heartache. Michaels regards writing his memoir as a way “to review my life and attempt to figure out how I became the person I am.”

A Lion’s Tale: Around the World in Spandex  by Chris Jericho

Chris Jericho, a highly-revered man who wears many hats, is unstoppable in the squared circle and on the silver screen. Jericho added “two-time New York Times bestseller” to his impressive list of achievements with this autobiography detailing the start of his career in 1999. This kid from small-town Canada became the first undisputed Heavyweight champ in the WWE and  World Class Wrestling , showing fans that anything is possible.

Crazy is My Superpower  by AJ Mendez

There is no argument in saying that pro wrestler AJ Mendez is inspirational. Her memoir is a story of pure human determination and how success is achievable as long as you believe. Mendez overcame childhood homelessness, drug addiction, and mental illness to become an honored  WWE Divas Champion . This pro wrestler turned bestselling author now advocates for mental health, encouraging others to keep going.

It’s Good to Be the King…Sometimes  by Jerry Lawler

Jerry “The King” Lawler is one of the most highly-decorated pro wrestlers with a career spanning 40 years and over 160 winning championships. His schemes, theatrics, and scandalous storylines made him a fan favorite and landed him a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame. His memoir gives a hilarious look into how he got his start and how he played his part with never-been-told stories that will leave you laughing.

Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues  by Matt and Nick Jackson

Known as The Young Bucks, this tag team of brothers had a promising start to their pro wrestling careers when they were just teenagers. They grew up wrestling in their backyard as kids and have since won several championships, including  AEW World Tag Team  twice. In their endearing autobiography, serving as an ode to their love of wrestling, Matt and Nick Jackson detail the sacrifices they made to become the successes they are today.

My Fight / Your Fight  by Ronda Rousey

“Rowdy” Ronda Rousey has taken her incredible career in mixed martial arts as the Women’s Bantamweight Champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and turned it into an entertainment form in the WWE. Her memoir gives an honest look into her struggles as a woman in the fighting world. From her intense training to losing her father, Rousey gives readers wisdom on how to prevail through the toughest battles.


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The Write Your Memoir Course

Write your memoir course, reach out to the world with your personal life story, explore the writing techniques required to transform your life story into a compelling, unputdownable memoir.

Everyone has a story to tell. The Write Your Memoir Course is for anyone who wants to tell it.

On this NZ Writers College course, you’ll craft your memoir while learning the nuts and bolts of putting together a story. Explore yourself and your history. You’ll achieve personal expression and creative growth, and leave something tangible for your family, friends and community. 

Let a published writer, a specialist in the art of memoir, guide you through the process.

The Write Your Memoir Course Gives You...

No automated marking.

We use traditional methods of assessing work, as editors at publishing houses would. No generic feedback!

A Flexible Schedule

Work wherever and whenever you want. You can easily fit our courses around work and other commitments.

Relevant, Usable Content

Easy-to-digest course notes that capture a lifetime of writing experience, ready for you to apply to your own writing.

Ongoing Assessment

Your writing is assessed continuously as your course progresses.

Expert, Individual Feedback

Get prompt, honest, detailed feedback on every assignment from an award-winning writer. We focus on your unique writing strengths.

No Peer Reviews!

You will only be assessed by your tutor, a leader in their field. No more guessing and wondering how to write; you'll be guided line by line.

Master the Craft of Storytelling and Write Your Memoir

Make a solid start on writing your life story.

This course helps you to get to grips with the building blocks of memoir writing. You’ll learn how to present your life as a story, with a ‘big bang’ beginning, riveting middle and satisfying ending.

In this course you will learn how to:

  • set up a writing schedule
  • find your writing voice
  • refine your writing style and avoid clichés
  • structure your story
  • do in-depth research
  • bring all the memoir writing elements together to create a polished narrative

For the duration of the seven modules, you will receive personalised feedback. It is this one-to-one mentoring that helps the most in developing your writing style and ability. 

Although a memoir is factual, it incorporates fictional devices like character, plot, theme and setting. Learn how to employ these elements in your memoir as you work through this course.

Complete a variety of writing assignments. In the process, you’ll begin to see your life story from a different creative angle and be able to make a solid start of 10 000 words towards your manuscript.

'Alex was the ideal tutor. She did not delay in her marking of the assignments, and her feedback was insightful. The course pushed me, wonderfully, to learn, to improve my writing and to believe I can write.'

Dr jane carrick, write your memoir course, course overview, price includes gst, number of assignments, the assignments vary in length., number of modules, these modules include around 200 pages of course notes., course duration, work at your own pace – up to a maximum of 12 months., start date: anytime.

Working with an individual tutor means you can start the course at any time.


  • Basic writing skills are essential.
  • Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required.
  • No previous tertiary qualification required.

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Tutors for this Course

Alex Smith is the award-winning author of four novels and a memoir.

Algeria’s Way , Drinking from the Dragon’s Well , Four Drunk Beauties and Devilskein & Dearlove were published by Random House (Umuzi), and Agency Blue was published by Tafelberg.

Her work has received widespread acclaim. Drinking from the Dragon’s Well was longlisted for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award and Devilskein & Dearlove was nominated for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal in the UK. Agency Blue won a Sanlam Youth Literature Award, while Four Drunk Beauties won the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award.

Alex tutors the Novel Writing Course, the Advanced Novel Writing Course, the Advanced Short Story Writing Course and the Grammar Skills Course, where she shares her knowledge and expertise with students of all skill levels.

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Course Curriculum

  • What is a memoir?
  • Why do people write memoirs?
  • How to overcome some common fears about writing a memoir
  • What you can expect from this course?
  • Exercise: Construct a schedule; consider your expectations for the course; warm-up writing exercises
  • Different types of memoir
  • Understanding theme and point of view
  • Finding your voice
  • Reading memoirs
  • Exercise: Your memoir proposal; discuss voice, theme and point of view in a memoir of your choice
  • The narrator versus the protagonist
  • Getting to know your protagonist
  • The central character – you
  • Memory triggers
  • Other characters
  • Assembling a cast of vivid, believable major and minor characters
  • Exercise: Using memory triggers; create a brief scene in which two of your characters interact
  • Text instalment: 700 words
  • Plot versus story
  • The key elements of plot
  • Classic and alternative plot structures
  • Exercise: Outline the plot of your memoir
  • Text instalment: 1,500 words
  • The environment: Details = atmosphere
  • Setting as character
  • Compiling research: Library, Internet, speaking to people, private records and travel
  • Text instalment: 2,000 words
  • Scenes, chapters and paragraphs
  • Transitions, beginnings and endings
  • Exercise: Practise writing transitions

Honing Your Writing Style

  • The elements of style
  • Whether good style can be learnt
  • Show don’t tell
  • Avoiding purple prose
  • Rhythmic writing
  • Things that are flat-out wrong (most of the time)
  • Exercise: Examine your own writing style
  • Final text instalment: Collating 10,000 words

This course offers an advanced course option

What our students say, get these additional benefits, lifetime course access.

Benefit from free lifetime access to future course updates and access to our writing resources.

Work at Your Own Pace

Our courses work around you. You can pace your course around your busy life.

500+ Bonus Articles on Our Blog

A superb, constantly updated resource with articles on writing and interviews with writers.

Work Opportunities

Top students are invited to join our writers and editors for hire service.

Be the First to Know About Writing Competitions

We'll help you keep up to date with the latest competition announcements

Join a Community of Writers

You will have access to our friendly Facebook community, daily writing tips and writing inspiration.

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We are so confident that you will love your course that if you’re not 100% satisfied with the quality of our training, simply ask for a refund within 30 days.

Complete the Application Form to Enrol on the Write Your Memoir Course

You will receive an approval email and invoice within one working day.

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You will receive a course manual consisting of seven modules in PDF format.

Each module will contain: 

Relevant theory pertaining to the field

Practical writing tips

Practical assignments that build up the word count of your manuscript 

Once a writing assignment has been completed and emailed to your tutor, you will receive an assessment and feedback, and the module will be considered complete.

Absolutely. You have direct communication with your tutor for the duration of the course. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of the course.

You will get lifetime access to the course. You will also benefit from future updates and improvements to the course.

For the majority of our courses, only your tutor will see your work. It will remain completely private unless you get it published. The journalism courses might see your work published in the public domain, but you do have the final say as to whether or not this happens.

Students will receive a Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Students must have completed all writing assignments
  • The course must have been completed within 12 months of registration
  • Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 50% for the course
  • Basic computer skills, as well as email and Internet access are required.
  • No previous tertiary qualification is required.

Because you will work with an individual tutor, you can start your course as soon as your application has been approved. There are no specific start dates as would be the case with a traditional college.

An application is usually approved within one working day. Once we receive proof of payment, your can start your course.

You could be starting your course today!

This is difficult to predict as some people are simply faster writers than others. However, for each 1,000 words of your memoir, anticipate spending about an hour writing and at least the same amount of time revising. The exercises should not take more than two hours each to complete. Finally, you should expect to spend some time at the end of the course giving your manuscript a final polish.

This gives a rough estimate of 45 hours over the course of seven modules, or around seven to eight hours a month.

Once your application has been approved, you will receive notification of approval and an invoice via email. As soon as we receive proof of payment, the first module as well as your tutor’s email address and your login details will be sent to you. Your tutor will also be in touch to welcome you.

Any work created on our courses is owned by you. We will never make a claim to anything you produce. We follow the rule that copyright subsists with the creator (you).

'Great course. Helped me get started on a personal project I’ve wanted to do for a long time.'

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If you request a refund after seven days and before 30 days we will charge a 5% administrative fee, as well as any bank fees and tutor fees already incurred.

We do not offer a refund after 30 days on the course.

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Capturing life stories one story at a time.

Give the past a future today. Let the Forget Me Not Life Stories team capture your personal or company history before it's lost. Our writers are based throughout New Zealand, so there is someone in your local area.

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Preserve important family stories and memories and help others discover the experiences that shaped you. A life story goes beyond the names and dates on a family tree, it puts a human face on historic events and shares your lessons.

Forget Me Not Life Stories writers capture the stories behind the facts and infuse the past with vitality - giving the past a future today.

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Capturing the journey of your company leaves a record of how you succeeded and what mattered to you. It is less about the financial bottom line and more about honouring your past and committing to the future. 

A company history reflects the values that guided, and continue to guide your company and the people, communities, and customers that make it strong. You can celebrate your company’s many successes while honouring the efforts and relationships that made them possible.  Tell your brand story and preserve your company history today. 

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We recognise that some people prefer to handle their own life story project themselves. However, queries often pop up about their project and a little bit of guidance is needed - and that's where Forget Me Not Life Stories come in. 

We understand that writing your life story or family history is no easy undertaking, and we've designed a FREE E-book with some tips to help you get started. Our mentoring and life story writing coaching service is also available, and we can assist you by phone, through video or face-to-face meetings.

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Preparing your life story is a personal process

Every person has something extraordinary about them and a story to tell. Forget Me Not Life Stories make it easy for you to transform a headful of memories and a boxful of photos into an enduring legacy for your family. We will co-ordinate all aspects of your project from beginning to end so you can relax and enjoy the journey.


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Barbara Wilson, a weaver and spinner, has written 'From Tragedy to Success' with the help of Forget Me Not Life Stories, telling a personal story of great tragedy and loss, and how she managed to overcome it and rebuild her life. "When I was first introduced to Kate McCarthy I knew I was going to enjoy working with her in all aspects of the book.  Now that it is printed with fantastic feedback, I would recommend Forget Me Not Life Stories to anyone."

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Forget Me Not Life Stories is proud of the high standards of writing, design and print, preserving family and business histories in beautifully designed 'coffee-table quality' books which have become the cornerstone of our success.

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  • Memoir Writing Course

Start Date: 9th January 2024 Duration: 6 Weeks Price: $299 Places Remaining: 3

Discover the Art of Memoir Writing: A 6-Week Online Course

Welcome to our online Memoir Writing Course, where you’ll embark on a journey to explore the art of memoir writing and transform your memories and experiences into powerful, compelling narratives. Through a series of six robust and engaging modules, you’ll receive expert guidance and feedback from our experienced instructors, who are based in New Zealand but accessible to aspiring writers around the globe.

Course Structure and Flexibility

Our 6-week course is designed with flexibility in mind. Each week, a new module will be released as text lessons that you can work through at your own pace. It’s recommended that you dedicate 2-3 hours per week to your studies.

You’ll be assigned a dedicated online tutor to assess your weekly written assignments, helping you stay on track and monitor your progress. You can submit your assignments for personalised written feedback to hone your skills and develop your unique voice.

Due to high demand, early registration is recommended to secure your place in this transformative course.

Global Access and Continued Learning

Our courses are open to students worldwide, and our instructors are ready to share their expertise and passion for memoir writing with you, regardless of your location. After the course ends, you’ll have lifetime access to the materials, so you can revisit and refresh your knowledge as needed. Please remember to check your Spam/Junk folder for the first module email from your tutor on the course start date.

Weekly Modules and Lessons

Lesson 1: getting started with memoir.

The first lesson introduces you to memoir as a form. It will help you plan your memoir over the next six weeks and show you exactly what a memoir can do.  

Lesson 2: The Basics of Memoir

The second lesson teaches you the basics of writing a memoir. You will learn how what themes to include I your memoir, and how to add humor to your writing. Ultimately, you will learn how to start writing your memoir.

Lesson 3: Characters in Memoir

The third lesson teaches you how to write about people in your memoir. You will learn how to write about yourself, separate from narrative voice. You will also learn how to write about others through effective characterisation.

Lesson 4: Settings in Memoir

The fourth lesson teaches you how to write about places in your memoir. You will learn how to write settings using your senses and memory through effective research and characterisation.

Lesson 5: Plotting Your Memoir

The fifth lesson teaches you how to plot your memoir. You will learn how to balance tone and themes through successful plot structures and how to write subplots.

Lesson 6: Putting Your Memoir Together

The final lesson shows you how to put your memoir together. You will learn how to edit your memories and how to end a memoir. You will also learn how to take those first steps into publishing your memoir.

Let’s Get Started

Embark on this incredible journey to discover the art of memoir writing and unlock the power of your personal story. Enrol today and take the first step towards creating a captivating memoir that will resonate with readers for years to come!

To find out more about how the online courses work, or if you have any further queries, you can check out our  Frequently Asked Questions  or email us at [email protected] .

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We believe in the power of personal stories and the value your lived experience has for now, and the future..

Writing a story from your own lived experience is an act of love and legacy that people now, and generations to come, will treasure. You don’t have to be a professional author to write your story. The words are your own and they’re the right ones! And you don’t have to have had an extraordinary life! All stories are precious to your loved ones.

Living Narratives has enormous respect for people who write their life stories. Whether you’re writing your memoir for future generations to have, or you have a story about a significant part of your life that others could draw on in their own lives, our expertise as book designers help you achieve the incredible – a beautifully designed, finished book.

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Imagine how much we’d learn about ourselves, others and our society if we had first-hand accounts of our grandparents, great-grandparents and their great-grandparents to delve into? Or how wider our perspective would be if we knew the story of overcoming a challenge that someone our own age has lived through?

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If you’re ready, or nearly ready, to self-publish your story, our Design & Print Package is for you. Get your manuscript turned into an expertly-designed book – printed right here in New Zealand. You’ll receive 25 copies of your book, which you can gift to those who will appreciate it the most – your family and friends! And you never know, one day, 50 years from now, your book might bring joy and fascination to a new generation of family members!

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We’ve created a FREE downloadable guide based on our professional and personal experience of what makes a memoir work. Download this resource and keep it handy. It will help you feel inspired to begin writing and encourage you to keep going until it’s done. Imagine how good it will feel to hold your treasured memoir in your hands.

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Have you lived through an experience that has changed you? Are you a business leader with knowledge to share? Your story can have impact for others who are looking for guidance, empathy or an example to learn from. Living Narratives helps those who wish to self-publish their story. You write the content, then we turn that into a designed book, either printed, digital, or both, ready for you to get into the hands of the people who will value it most.

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