21 Feb, 2012

First Person versus Third Person

February 21st, 2012|Tags: , , |

 Checking my notes at the writersandcritters conference Today I'm sharing the recording of a short conversation on the merits of writing in first, second or third person that we got [...]

16 Feb, 2012

The End in Memoir

February 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

November 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 [...]

7 Nov, 2011

I Want to Write My Story, But Is It Worthy?

November 7th, 2011|Tags: |

I love it when students share their concerns with me, and ask questions that I am sure many writers ask themselves. Today I am sharing one such question (with my [...]

29 Oct, 2011

Blog Mash Up: Submission Opportunities, Interesting Insights and Memoirs

October 29th, 2011|Tags: , |

Tracks in the snow on our cabin's deck this morning... While I've been trying not to freeze (see photo) at the writers conference I'm attending in northern Virginia where it [...]

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. [...]

6 Oct, 2011

Write Your Story and Publish It: One of my Students Shares her Journey

October 6th, 2011|Tags: , , |

A story might catch you unaware but if you stick with it, it might lead somewhere! Congratulations to my longtime student Diane Hurles who stuck with her story through many rewrites [...]

28 Jul, 2011

Blog Mash Up: Memoir Videos

July 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 [...]

20 Jun, 2011

Submissions: Agent Insight – A Memoir is not the Story of Your Life

June 20th, 2011|Tags: , |

Wonderful clarification from Katie Shea of Caren Johnson Literary Agency on what memoir is not: a story of your life (that would be an autobiography). Here's her answer regarding memoir manuscripts [...]

19 Jun, 2011

My Six Word Dad Memoir

June 19th, 2011|Tags: , |

In honor of Father's Day, here are my six words on Dad: "Died too young. Found in pictures." Feel free to add yours!

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 [...]

22 May, 2011

Reading: Envying Gerald Durrell

May 22nd, 2011|Tags: , |

If you’d like to take a break from dark and heavy memoirs and read one that is light yet literary; or if you wouldn’t mind spending time on a sun-drenched [...]

15 May, 2011

Helene Hanff on Writing Memoir: You’ve Left Yourself Out of It!

May 15th, 2011|Tags: , |

Since I’m still in the rosy glow of my crush on Helene Hanff’s classic epistolary memoir 84, Charing Cross Road, I will share with you one of her priceless insights [...]

8 May, 2011

My “Momoir” in Honor of Mother’s Day

May 8th, 2011|Tags: , |

My older son & I, Sanibel Island, Oct 1998 Following on Friday's post regarding SMITH Magazine's six-word "momoir" project in honor of Mother's Day, here's my own: My kids: toughest [...]

6 May, 2011

In Honor of Mothers Day: “Momoirs”

May 6th, 2011|Tags: , , |

"Pregnancy is poetry. Parenting is prose." (As heard on Twitter May 4 via SMITH Magazine) What a priceless assessment of motherhood! In honor of Mother's Day, check out SMITH Magazine's Six-Word [...]

2 May, 2011

Fake Memoir Hurts Others

May 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

April 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

March 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. [...]

13 Jan, 2011

The Belle with the Book: Jessica Handler

January 13th, 2011|Tags: |

My friend Jessica Handler has blossomed into Southern Belle in a two-page spread in the February issue of Vanity Fair. Her memoir Invisible Sisters does indeed deal with grief and [...]

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