In my Life Before Writing, I worked at a college learning center. We spent many appointments working with students on studyskills. As obvious as learning sounds in a college setting, it’s amazing how many young adults successfully made their way through high school ill-equipped to learn. Unfortunately,…Continue
In my previous two posts, I asked some of my author friends where and when they most like to write. This week I asked them about preferred background noise. Personally, I alternate between complete silence and the kind of soft music they play at fancy spas. I can't have…Continue
A few thoughts after sending North of Hope into the world:
Memoir is a subcategory of non-fiction, even if creative non-fiction or literary non-fiction. Memoir tells a true story.
Except: if you and I have dinner one week, and recall that dinner the following week, it’s likely we both will recall something different, about the light, the music playing or not, the family at the table across from us, the food. Memory is molded by who we are, the genes we carry, the experiences…Continue
In February of 2013 I was returning from South America and I found myself watching the "Sex in The City" episode where Carrie has her book launch. Done in Hollywood style, the party was held in a swanky two-story ballroom with all the top socialites from New York City. The major papers were in attendance, taking her photo and getting quotes.
When I reached New York City the next day and met with my fabulous publicist at Gallery Book/ Simon & Schuster we laughed about the party…Continue
Hedgebrook is a literary nonprofit that supports the work of visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. Founded in 1988, Hedgebrook hosts a global community of writers through residencies and…Continue
This post is putting the horse before the cart in a way. On Thursday, May 23, the following post went out in the She Writes newsletter:
If you lost your baby mere weeks before it was to be born, what would you do? Perhaps more importantly, what would it do to you?
Return to Zero is the first film ever created with stillbirth as its central theme. It has an amazing cast (Minnie Driver, Paul Adelstein, Alfred Molina, Kathy Baker, and more), but…
While reading through my first draft, one thing has become abundantly clear: What I have here isn’t a draft at all. What I have is a really, really detailed outline.
Part of the reason for this is that my main goal while I was writing was to just finish. I really wanted to get from point A to point B and wrap things up. While I was working I just kept pushing forward, trying to think of events that could occur to keep the story moving and grow these characters, until they reach…Continue
A few weeks ago, Girls Write Now held its first-ever annual benefit and awards. It was a perfect evening--as authentic, inspirational and moving as the organization, and worthy of the girls and the wonderful…Continue
A few weeks ago, my friend and former jogging partner Ellen Sweet sent me this snapshot that she had just discovered while scanning old photographs into her computer. I remembered the picture, and I may even have a copy of it somewhere, but it was something of a shock to see it illuminated on my…Continue
In a couple of weeks, Hedgebrook’s second Vortext Salon for women writers will take place on Whidbey Island: three extraordinary days of workshops and conversation, in a beautiful setting, led by six renowned writers and teachers: Dorothy Allison, Karen Joy Fowler, Elizabeth George, Jane Hamilton, Ruth Ozeki and Gail Tsukiyama.
Vortext was just a gleam in Karen Joy Fowler’s eye a year ago, when she came to us with…Continue
In my last post (sorry for missing a week- I was on vacation!), I asked some author friends where they like to write. This week I asked them when they prefer to write. While I tend to be the most productive in the middle of the day and late afternoon/early evening, their answers were quite different:…Continue
Many of life’s treasures remain constant in the state of simplicity—a lesson that author Molly Friedenfeld learned when she began her journey in search of ancient wisdom. When Friedenfeld moved from her head down to her heart, it became clear: Love is simple. Truth is simple.…Continue
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Sarah Glazer takes a second look at her reaction to an experiment.
I’m still not sure if I like novelist Ali Smith’s Artful. It has been marketed as a writing…Continue
With the proliferation of publishing options—traditional publishing, self-publishing, partner publishing, package publishing, e-books, p-books, and so on‑-many authors find themselves stymied by which route is best for them and…Continue
Inspired by Dane Golden's guest post on YouTube videos, I have begun a new series of YouTube videos, the second of which answers the question "Should all authors (published or not) blog?" Check out the video below for my answer. Also, one announcement: Litquake, San Francisco's literary conference, is introducing Digi.lit, a one-day digital publishing conference that will take…Continue
The little sheets, typed up and mimeographed in Philadelphia and distributed to an extended Jewish family scattered on several continents, were the proud chronicle of immigrants…Continue
Why is it our motivation sometimes wavers this time of year? Do you feel like the Little Engine That Could losing steam up a big pull? Maybe it’s the close of school and the beginning of summer. For some of us, that means a change in routine with kids home. Or maybe it’s that we’re five months into the year, and the…Continue
Six years ago, I made a phone call that changed my life.
The call was to Thomas G. Palaima, a MacArthur-winning classics professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Tom founded…Continue
If you haven’t impregnated a Kardashian, toppled Wall Street, or starred in your own syndicated un-reality show, you may not have an instant platform for promoting your newly minted book. Let’s face it, for most first-time authors—and even for many of the multiply published among us—the first…Continue