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What is an essay?

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Comment by Lucille Joyner on July 17, 2014 at 6:26pm

Adrienne, your suggestions are good leads. 

You see, when you are writing a Memoir, and your memoir involves people you have known, even if they are dead, there may be a limit to what you can say. I'm not talking about slander or anything like that. I wouldn't do that anyway, but sometimes you can't be as open and frank about someone else as you would about yourself. You may want to quote a letter, and perhaps you shouldn't. SOMEONE must know where the limit is. I will look into your suggestions. 

Comment by Adrienne Ross Scanlan on July 17, 2014 at 4:28pm

Lucille, I think you're thinking of an intellectual property / intellectual property rights attorney, although that may be more specifically for copyright or patent issues. You could also try talking to an arts attorney.

You could try contacting your local bar association and ask if there are any attorneys practicing in those areas. Many (not all) attorneys offer a free 30 minute consultation where you might be able to get enough information to see if this is the right attorney for you.

Also, the US Copyright Office has lots of excellent information on copyright protection.

Hope this helps.

Comment by Lucille Joyner on July 17, 2014 at 12:04pm

Does anybody know whether there is such a thing as a Writers' Attorney, you know, someone who know the legalities of writing?

Comment by Carol Clouse on July 11, 2014 at 1:38pm

Thanks Lucille!

Comment by Lucille Joyner on July 11, 2014 at 1:34pm

It all works, now, Carol. Good job.

Comment by Carol Clouse on July 11, 2014 at 1:15pm

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Comment by Lucille Joyner on July 11, 2014 at 11:33am

Carol, check your link. You click on it and it goes nowhere.

Comment by Marilyn Bousquin on July 9, 2014 at 3:04pm

This week's blog article at Writing Women's Lives? Showing up for your writing is no different than showing up for someone you love, except instead of paying attention to someone else, you turn your attention inward and listen to your Self. Read "Writing Memoir: The Fine Art of Listening to Your Self" here.

Comment by Lorraine Duffy Merkl on June 4, 2014 at 4:23am

In need of summer reads:

Comment by Adrienne Ross Scanlan on May 21, 2014 at 2:31pm

The Blue Lyra Review is hosting The Living Earth Creative Nonfiction Prize, to be judged by Sharman Apt Russell, author of Standing in the Light: My Life as a Pantheist and Diary of a Citizen Scientist.  Essays can be 5,000 words maximum and must be about nature. Prize is $100, and entry fees are $9 per entry ($15 includes purchase of the Blue Lyra Review’s 2014 anthology).


The contest is open for submissions May 1 – June 30. Full guidelines and submittable link are at:


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