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Comment by Marilyn Bousquin on October 2, 2014 at 12:38pm

This week's article at Writing Women's Lives is all about crafting your narrator's emotional truth. It's also about breasts. And, yes, those two topics are more related than you might think! "Crafting Your Narrator's Emotional Truth: A Look at Nora Ephron's ...

Comment by Marilyn Bousquin on September 3, 2014 at 10:11am

Do you ever think about how much more you know now than you knew then? This week's blog article at Writing Women's Lives is all about the reflective voice in memoir and personal narrative, and why it matters. You can read it here.

Comment by Lorraine Duffy Merkl on July 28, 2014 at 1:41pm

Before you move to NYC, read this:

Comment by DeLani R. Bartlette on July 24, 2014 at 10:31am

Call for submissions! (I'm passing this along at the request of my friend, who is co-editing this anthology)

We are continuing the WIN - Women in Nature momentum (while we continue to work on distribution contracts and book festivals) with a call for stories for WIN - Women in Nature on Food, on Adventure, on Children, on Healing, and many more.

If you or anyone you know has a good story - write away!  And please post this call!
Thank you all!

Carol, Carly, Cathy
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Women in Nature: An Anthology, is the first book in the WIN-Women in Nature Series.  The WIN series are collections of stories from women all acro...
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Comment by Marilyn Bousquin on July 23, 2014 at 9:05am

This week's blog article at Writing Women's Lives includes my response to one of my students who was sideswiped this past week by her inner critic. You can read it here.

Comment by Sue William Silverman on July 19, 2014 at 6:25am

You're welcome! Lucille, another way to proceed could be for you to attend a writer's conference and get in a memoir-writing workshop. Most of these conferences are only about 5 days or so. That could be a wonderful opportunity to meet and hang out with other memoirists while getting some early feedback on your work. The magazine Poets & Writers usually has excellent lists and ads for these conferences. You can find the magazine online as well. I think the URL is something like P&, but if you just Google "Poets & Writers"  you'll find it. Wonderful that you're already 50 pages in!!

Comment by Lucille Joyner on July 18, 2014 at 6:11pm

Thank you so much, Sue, for your information and recommendation. I'm going to do my best to learn something. Especially since I'm already 50 pages into a Memoir. I need to find out what I am doing.

Comment by Sue William Silverman on July 18, 2014 at 5:34pm

Lucille, that's a fascinating story. Well, I admire people, like you, who are gifted enough to simply know how to do things, without a gazillion lessons, etc. I really am impressed by your musical and writing talent. Very impressive. It sounds to me as if you're ready to just leap in and begin writing! I say go for it. IF...if you want to learn a little more about the crafting of a memoir, I have written a craft book that might interest you -- but I dare say it doesn't sound as if you need it. And I am certainly not trying to sell you a book, as I'm sure your public library would be able to get it for you...but I just thought I'd mention it. It's Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir. But, as I say, it doesn't sound as if you need lessons on anything. So probably you should just leap in and begin writing. I wish you all the best and I'll look forward to reading it!!

Comment by Lucille Joyner on July 18, 2014 at 3:42pm

How fascinating your Memoirs must be! And you know how to write them. I, personally don't much about anything. I never had lessons, but practiced piano obsessively, then went over to the Yale School of Music to take lessons, figuring I'd learn how to read music, the professor encouraged me to register. I played so well, he never asked if I could read music. No one ever discovered that I couldn't. It's the same in writing. I wrote a letter to the editor and the Mayor contacted me. The next thing I knew, I was her ghost writer.  At the same time, the editor of the local paper asked me to do a column, so I did. Just as I never learned music, I never learned writing.That's why I don't really know anything about anything. I admire those who do.

Comment by Sue William Silverman on July 18, 2014 at 3:04pm

From my perspective, a memoir is supposed to be one slice of a life -- not a whole life. (An autobiography, usually written by celebrities, is a whole life.) That's why I've been able to write/publish 3 memoirs, and am at work on a fourth. Each memoir follows a theme of my life. Of course, there's a little overlap, but that's to be expected. For example, my first memoir is about growing up in an incestuous family. The second memoir is about recovering from a sexual addiction. Now, in the second memoir, of course I had to show that the reason why I struggled with the sex addiction is because my father had molested me. However, each book stands alone. The focus of each -- as well as the voice of each -- is very different.


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