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Countdown to Publication: Rip Van Winkle Goes on Facebook

The pub date for my new memoir, What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past, is September 1st.  So why am I in a state of high anxiety? It’s not as though I’m a first time author. I’ve been publishing books since 1980, and I’ve just turned seventy. Why do I feel as if I’m going on a…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on August 11, 2011 at 7:00am — 15 Comments

HandPrints On My Heart, Sharing Stories, Changing Lives!


“There are moments in our lives that make all the difference,…


Added by Marlene Moore Gordon on August 9, 2011 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Women Doing Literary Things: "Embodiment, Voice, and Literature" by Sayantani DasGupta

Sayantani DasGupta is a writer, physician, mother and academic. Originally trained in pediatrics and public health, she now teaches in the Master's Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University as well as the Graduate Program in Health Advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the co-author of The Demon Slayers and Other Folktales (Interlink, 1995), the author of a memoir, Her Own Medicine: A Woman's Journey from Student to Doctor (Ballantine, 1999), and the… Continue

Added by Niranjana Iyer on July 20, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Yellow Journalism: Joys and Perils in Britain

Amidst Murdoch’s excesses, Sarah Glazer finds restrictions on journalists more worrying

One of the joys of moving to London 5 years ago was my morning perusal of the local newsstand. As I read the…


Added by State of the Art on July 15, 2011 at 12:46am — No Comments

A Day in the Life of an OpEd (or, How This Busy Mama Writer Woman Somehow Managed to Get It All In!)

Say yes I wasn’t planning on spending a day and a half turning around an op-ed. But when editors from certain venues call, I jump. Some opportunities are just too good to turn down.

Colleagues—especially, often, academics, and especially, often, fellow writing mamas—sometimes ask me how it’s possible to turn something around with the speed that today’s media requires when you've got so much ELSE, er, going on. So I thought I’d break it down, blow by blow, in an effort to…


Added by Deborah Siegel on July 8, 2011 at 1:30pm — 9 Comments

Trapped in the story: Local journalists report despite sexual violence

“I’ve never told anyone this before,” the email said. It was one of several that landed on my desk at the Committee to Protect Journalists after the news broke that CBS correspondent…


Added by Lauren Wolfe on July 6, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Writing About Me, Ourselves, and You




Finding material to write about is not always easy.  One route is the memoir, which is built on revealing material you know well. Or you can write about something you don’t know well but would like to learn about. I combine the two by weaving some – but not all – of my own life story with answers to the question “What’s going on with women?” I have spent most of my professional life…


Added by suzanne braun levine on June 27, 2011 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

She Writes Radio: Memoir: Real Life Characters and the Who Cares? Question

Now available on She Writes Radio, Alexandra Styron, Kathryn Harrison, and guest host Sarah Saffian talking about memoirs, characters who actually exist, and how to tell our stories in a way that is both unique and universal. Listen to the whole show here!


Make sure to check out tomorrow's She Writes radio, This is NOT "Feminine Tosh": Writing…


Added by Isabel Farhi on June 21, 2011 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Musings about love and distance

From my blog:


There is something intoxicating for me about distance that makes it easy to fall in love with. This is not something that is limited to geography, but incorporates emotional relationships, love & crushes. The further something is from me, the easier it is for me to see it, for me to consider its contours & then, make up a story about where it fits in my life.…


Added by Joshunda Sanders on June 14, 2011 at 3:09pm — No Comments

And Now, the Encore Story Contest Winners!

There are a lot more "encore" stories than I had thought there would be!

Two weeks ago, I wrote about my own encore story in connection with encouraging others to enter a contest to win a copy of The Big Shift: Navigating the Stage Beyond Midlife by Marc…


Added by Joanne Bamberger on June 1, 2011 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments

Five Questions for Siri Hustvedt

SIRI HUSTVEDT is the author of five novels, including…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on May 16, 2011 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

5 Questions for...Marianne Schnall

Marianne Schnall's interviews with powerful women have appeared in Glamour and In Style magazines, on numerous blogs, and on the website she founded fifteen years ago, Schnall's…


Added by Shelby Knox on May 9, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Writing for Survival

Tsuris (noun): trouble, aggravation, or misery

      I’ve just completed a memoir in essays I’m calling, How I Lost My Bellybutton and Other Naked Survival Stories, in which I try to make sense of the ridiculous amount of tsuris I’ve had in my fifty-seven years. As I begin sending it out into a publishing world that’s become quite weird, I’m feeling surprisingly Buddhist. Of course I want to entertain, illuminate, and move others with published work, but…


Added by Fran Dorf on March 31, 2011 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

HuffPo and She Writes Ask: When Was the Moment You Knew (It Was Over)?

A few weeks ago, a friend forwarded me an email she'd received from Sara Wilson, the divorce editor at the Huffington Post. 

"I'm organizing an event for the Divorce page based on the popular slideshow on our site, '…


Added by Kamy Wicoff on March 22, 2011 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Five Questions for...Susan Piver

In her latest book The Wisdom of a Broken Heart: An Uncommon Guide to Healing, Insight, and Love, Susan Piver speaks from her own experience of heartbreak, sharing wisdom, stories, insights, exercises, and beginning meditation instruction. Here, Susan answers five questions from Jenna Hollenstein…


Added by Jenna Hollenstein on March 21, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

Get Over Yourself! Some musings on the art and craft of memoir

In my years as a memoir teacher, editor, and coach, and as a memoirist myself, I’ve found that the greatest challenge for a personal writer is to create work that is meaningful to others. And the most crucial question a personal writer can ask, and keep asking, her material in an effort to meet that challenge is, WHO CARES?


An inspiring, tough-love quote that any serious memoirist should put on a post-it above her…


Added by Sarah Saffian on March 15, 2011 at 5:00pm — 18 Comments

Writing and Spirituality - Interview with Natalie Goldberg and Susan Piver



This podcast features an interview with Susan Piver and…


Added by Susan Piver on March 2, 2011 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Five Questions for ... Cinderella Ate My Daughter Author Peggy Orenstein

Journalist Peggy Orenstein, author of the recently released New York Times bestselling Cinderella Ate My Daughter, among many other books, answers five questions from…


Added by Elline Lipkin on February 28, 2011 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Five Questions with Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Acclaimed literary nonfiction writer Elisabeth Tova Bailey, author of The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, answers five questions from journalist Paula Kamen, author of Finding Iris Chang:…


Added by Paula Kamen on February 21, 2011 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

An Author Double Header

Two Posts this Week: Katherine Ellison, author of Buzz, and Christina Meldrum, who was the first author ever to guest post on 1st Books, and has a new novel, Amaryllis in Blueberry just out. Do enjoy them both!


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Katherine Ellison: Writing about my… Continue

Added by 1st Books on February 10, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

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