Posts Tagged: memoir

The Benefits of Being Wrong

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by Barbara Clarke We were in Best Buy looking to buy a laptop. But first, we were looking for a geek in the familiar blue shirt. “Someone who looks smart and won’t talk down to us,” we agreed. “Hey, how’s it going?” said a non-geeky looking young guy. We started to walk past him—too cool […]

Managing Relationships with Family while Writing About Them

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by Laurel Leigh  What should come first? Publishing your memoir or preserving family relationships? Sometimes writers feel they have to choose—on occasion, they do. We’ve all heard stories about what happened when the family flipped out over a memoir someone published. I am a rather reluctant memoirist. Frankly, it never occurred to me that I […]

Writing for Personal Insight

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by Laura Rink This month I took a writing workshop with Andre Dubus III. He said just because something happened to you doesn’t mean you know what happened. You must explore, with authentic curiosity, that particular event, and your place in it. This piece of advice resonated with the insight I gained last summer while […]

Entering Her Next Incarnation

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By Susan Chase-Foster “I think all writing is a disease. You can’t stop it.” —William Carlos Williams Jennifer Wilke and I are hanging out, self-medicating our chronic literary conditions at the writers’ table upstairs in Village Books. She’s a tall, handsome woman with a broad, inviting smile. We’re both members of SOLN, a stealth writing […]

Kick Open the Closet Door: Write a Memoir

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by Shannon Hager Author: Five Thousand Brothers-in-Law: Love in Angola Prison, a memoir We all have stories worth sharing. Mark Twain advised, “Write about what you know.” Memoir writing requires a high level of self-exposure, risking disapproval, danger or pain. To me, the best memoirs are those I learn from and take place within the […]