30 Jun, 2014

Glen Finland on the Power of Storytelling

June 30th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Meeting other formidable writers is one of the great benefits of attending a writers residency. And so, last January, I had the great fortune of meeting Glen Finland during my [...]

29 Jul, 2013

How I Found a Most Meaningful Book

July 29th, 2013|Tags: , , , , |

Sometimes it is interesting to retrace where something began, when a meaningful connection was made. My interview with Susannah Conway appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books last week, and [...]

17 Jul, 2013

Rebecca McClanahan on Writing about Family

July 17th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

With her memoir The Tribal Knot - A Memoir of Family, Community and a Century of Change, RebeccaMcClanahan did what many of us wish we would do – "do something" [...]

18 Mar, 2013

Leslie Maitland on Writing from a Different Point of View in Memoir

March 18th, 2013|Tags: , |

My author Q&A with Leslie Maitland appeared in the Washington Independent Review of Books last week. Her memoir Crossing the Borders of Time, about finding her mother's first love whom she [...]

19 Oct, 2012

Author Q&A: Wenguang Huang

October 19th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

I wonder what it means if I don't even notice anymore that my writing has gotten published? Have I reached a level of publication success where I can go, "Oh [...]

19 Sep, 2012

Why Chapter Headings Are Useful

September 19th, 2012|Tags: , , |

My Advanced Memoir Workshop was fortunate to host Wenguang Huang, author of The Little Red Guard, for an immensely informative Q&A session back in July. (Lucky for us, he lives in [...]

25 Jul, 2012

Sara Mansfield Taber on Airing Secrets

July 25th, 2012|Tags: , , |

The Washington Independent Review of Books just published another author Q&A I did, this time with Sara Mansfield Taber, author of Born Under an Assumed Name. I did not get [...]

2 Apr, 2012

Lee Strickland on Learning to Reflect in Memoir

April 2nd, 2012|Tags: , |

Today I'm sharing another insight from my formidable fellow instructor at StoryStudio, Lee Strickland, on the challenges of writing memoir. Says she, "I thought my job was to narrate but [...]

26 Mar, 2012

Lee Strickland: “I was Always a Memoirist…”

March 26th, 2012|Tags: , |

Recently, my Advanced Memoir class at StoryStudio Chicago was fortunate enough to host, in person, Lee Strickland for an author Q&A, discussing her essay "Girl, Ruined," published in The Sun [...]

17 Oct, 2011

Sandra Beasley on How to Achieve Balance between Research and Personal Story

October 17th, 2011|Tags: , |

My Advanced Memoir students and I were fortunate to host the lovely Sandra Beasley, author, most recently, of Don't Kill the Birthday Girl, for an author Q&A earlier this month. [...]

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