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…Continue
“There are moments in our lives that make all the difference,…Continue
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Amidst Murdoch’s excesses, Sarah Glazer finds restrictions on journalists more worrying
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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…
“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…Continue
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 chronicling that transformation of women’s lives at different stages, and the experience has, in turn,…Continue
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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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…Continue
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, feminist.com. Schnall's…Continue
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…
"I'm organizing an event for the Divorce page based on the popular slideshow on our site, '…Continue
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…Continue
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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…Continue
Susan Conley’s new book, The Foremost Good Fortune, is a memoir about moving her family to Beijing and contending with breast cancer there. Here she answers five questions from Liza Bakewell, author of Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun. It’s a conversation about trusting the form you’re working in, finding the voice that suits that form, and what it’s like to write about disease far from home.
Liza Bakewell: How did you find “the”…Continue