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. [...]

10 Jun, 2011

Two Sisters Talk About Writing Memoir

June 10th, 2011|Tags: , |

Listen to this insightful conversation (aired yesterday, June 9, 2011 on blogtalkradio) between sisters Margaret Roach and Marion Roach Smith on writing memoir. Find out why Marion Roach Smith, author of [...]

29 Mar, 2011

Michael Steinberg on Re-Imagining or: Why I Would Like a Book about Baseball

March 29th, 2011|Tags: , |

My Advanced Memoir Workshop students and I were fortunate enough to host Michael Steinberg, founding editor of the esteemed nonfiction journal Fourth Genre, and author, most recently, of Still Pitching, [...]

10 Mar, 2011

Do You Need Structure to Begin? – Danielle Ofri Answers

March 10th, 2011|Tags: |

I'm sharing another clip from the Q&A session my Advanced Memoir Workshop students and I had with Danielle Ofri back in January. Here she talks about whether or not you need [...]

11 Feb, 2011

Danielle Ofri on Memoir vs. Biography

February 11th, 2011|Tags: |

In January, my Advanced Memoir Workshop at StoryStudio Chicago was fortunate enough to host Danielle Ofri for an author Q&A session via Skype. Danielle Ofri is not only a doctor [...]

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