24 Dec, 2015

One Reason to Write Memoir

2021-01-03T17:27:00-06:00December 24th, 2015|Tags: |

This is not a drawing of the actual stone bridge mentioned in Traces, but it is pretty close to what I still see in my imagination.  Here's one reason to [...]

3 Jun, 2014

Is My Story Dramatic Enough?

2021-01-03T17:28:27-06:00June 3rd, 2014|Tags: |

Last week my essay "Is My Story Dramatic Enough?" was published in the Washington Independent Review of Books. Its foundation was laid one evening when one of my students stopped [...]

14 Feb, 2014

Leaving Russia

2021-01-03T17:28:41-06:00February 14th, 2014|Tags: , , |

With the Winter Olympics currently happening in Sochi, Russia, it fits that my review of Maxim Shrayer's memoir Leaving Russia just appeared in the Jewish Book World. Thanks to this book, I feel [...]

28 Nov, 2011

Finding Focus in Writing

2021-01-03T17:32:49-06:00November 28th, 2011|Tags: , |

Finding focus in our writing is a big challenge, especially when you're writing personal narrative. How do you whittle down a big life into one small story? My tips: Use a [...]

28 Jul, 2011

Blog Mash Up: Memoir Videos

2021-01-03T17:33:20-06:00July 28th, 2011|Tags: |

Telling a little personal story in video - check out this turning memoir into video post by Marion Roach Smith. I must say I've become addicted to Marla Miller's quick query [...]

2 May, 2011

Fake Memoir Hurts Others

2021-01-03T17:33:49-06:00May 2nd, 2011|Tags: |

Following up on the issue of the fake memoir, it would be one thing if you're only hurting your own reputation when fabricating facts in memoir. One fallout of the Greg Mortenson [...]

24 Apr, 2011

The Fake Memoir

2021-01-03T17:33:50-06:00April 24th, 2011|Tags: |

Today I stumbled upon Steve Almond's excellent thoughts on lying in memoir or what he says is becoming a genre of its own: the fake memoir. I love his definition [...]

22 Mar, 2011

What Memoir and Thriller Have in Common

2021-01-03T17:33:59-06:00March 22nd, 2011|Tags: |

I love the Wall Street Journal’s weekend column Word Craft in which prominent writers share their insights. This weekend’s resonated with me because thriller author Frederick Forsyth talked about research. [...]

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