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 [...]

7 Nov, 2012

The Privilege of Teaching Memoir

2021-01-03T17:31:45-06:00November 7th, 2012|Tags: |

Photo by Patty Michels, taken during my Advanced Memoir Workshop. Seems I am out and about this week, because I am thrilled to announce that my essay "The Privilege of [...]

5 Nov, 2012

Writing About Family

2021-01-03T17:31:45-06:00November 5th, 2012|Tags: , , |

My grandmother and me at my wedding I'm thrilled to be guest blogging on Shirley Showalter's blog today. Topic: Writing About Family. It's the hairiest issue in writing memoir, at least [...]

8 Oct, 2012

On Owning a Story

2021-01-03T17:31:51-06:00October 8th, 2012|Tags: , |

When you write memoir, sooner or later you come upon the issue of, "Is this my story to tell?" - "What about the other people in the story?" As with [...]

31 Aug, 2012

The Door of Memory

2021-01-03T17:32:00-06:00August 31st, 2012|Tags: , |

A door in the Bund area of Shanghai - a photo from one of my recent memories I subscribe to the Foundation for a Better Life's daily email, and once [...]

13 May, 2012

A Momoir for Mother’s Day

2021-01-03T17:32:23-06:00May 13th, 2012|Tags: , |

Picture of me holding my daughter, Summer 1996 I'm reposting my Mother's Day post from last year, mainly because I still like my six-word "momoir"  inspired by SMITH Magazine's project in [...]

24 Mar, 2012

A Story in a Few Sentences

2021-01-03T17:32:30-06:00March 24th, 2012|Tags: |

Sondra Radvanovsky as Aida at the Lyric Opera of Chicago Last night I took my two older kids to see a performance of Verdi's opera Aida at the Lyric Opera [...]

16 Feb, 2012

The End in Memoir

2012-02-16T12:05:00-06:00February 16th, 2012|Tags: , |

Here's a little chuckle for you on a genre that often leaves little to chuckle about. Last Sunday I went to a memoir event: Moment Magazine was presenting the winners [...]

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 [...]

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