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"A Memoir is Not a Status Update" - New Yorker article by Dani Shapiro

I was blown away by Dani Shapiro's exquisite article on memoir writing in this week's New Yorker.  She writes of the Facebook era, where so much is shared online - and makes the point that: "In order to write a memoir, I've sat still inside the swirling vortex of my own complicated history like a piece of old driftwood, battered by the sea." No instant gratification swirls over us writers as we create our stories; instead we "turn out small, personal sorrows and individual tragedies…


Added by Rita Gardner on August 20, 2014 at 12:02pm — No Comments

To Write or Not While Traveling?

Generally writers fall into one of two camps: Those who force themselves to write every day while on vacation (whether it’s a blog or in a diary) and those who are dedicated to full immersion and might not even take their laptop with them. The best approach is actually one in the middle. You need to capture details that otherwise will be forgotten, but you also need time to reflect and shouldn’t be writing in “real time.”

The good news? Listicles are the perfect answer and might…


Added by Agnes Marylinn on July 10, 2014 at 12:08am — No Comments

Book Review: ‘A Very Good Life’ by Lynn Steward

A Very Good Life is the first book in an exciting new series by successful business woman now author Lynn Steward.

In this story, which crosses over from the literary to women’s fiction to romance, Steward takes us to 1970s Manhattan, home of the sophisticated and the elite. There, we meet Dana McGarry.

Dana has everything — a successful job…


Added by Mayra Calvani on May 3, 2014 at 9:09am — No Comments

First Chapter Reveal: A Very Good Life, by Lynn Steward

Title:  A Very Good Life

Genre:  Literary Fiction

Author:  Lynn Steward


Publisher:  CreateSpace

Purchase on …


Added by Mayra Calvani on April 29, 2014 at 3:36am — No Comments

6 Tips To Get the Best From Your Writers Retreat

I'm on deadline for part of a book and a brand new essay and oh, yes, I need to catch up on some emails. So I did what always works: I packed up my notebooks, laptop, books, pens and sweat pants and booked myself a room at my favorite …


Added by Aine Greaney on April 28, 2014 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

O is for Ottawa Ontario

 This will be the biggest stretch I’ve made, sorry.  Would you believe there is only one country that begins with the letter “O?” Can you guess it? I’ll give you a second…. Oman. I knew this because several of my awesome students are from there. I did not, however, know it was the only one. So I shall write to you about Canada, specifically, kind of, Ottawa Ontario, for which I feel I should receive bonus…


Added by Kari Redmond on April 18, 2014 at 6:33am — No Comments

How I Learned to Type



In high school, I earned an A in Mr. Finn’s typing despite the fact that at the end of the year I was still using the hunt and peck method. My mother, who had worked as a secretary until my younger sister’s birth, typed all my papers starting in fourth grade through high school. When I…


Added by Nancy Kricorian on February 7, 2014 at 6:37pm — 1 Comment

Book Launch: The Briton and the Dane Timeline

Book launch:  The Briton and the Dane Timeline is now available on Amazon,  Barnes and Noble and other online book retailers.  For more information, kindly visit:

Added by Mary Ann Bernal on February 5, 2014 at 2:50pm — 1 Comment

The Dilemma of the Middle-Aged Woman Who Writes

Do you like to read and write about characters who resemble you now or look more like the person you were 20 years ago? 

This question is prompted by the following from a January NYT column by Fay Weldon. In it, she says:

“Yet older women make up the bulk of the fiction market,” my [middle-aged female] student will protest. “How odd that they don’t want to read about themselves!”

“They do,” I…


Added by Elizabeth G. Marro on February 5, 2014 at 12:42pm — 2 Comments

[SWP: BEHIND THE BOOK] My journey to She Writes Press…

My interesting and satisfying journey to SWP...

I can tell you this with all honesty and a straight face. After I finished the first draft of the first novel in my four-book Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance…


Added by Liz Gelb-O'Connor on January 26, 2014 at 4:56pm — 9 Comments

Anal sex memoir <i>The Surrender</i> by Toni Bentley takes center stage

For The New York Observer, I wrote about The Surrender by Toni Bentley, the anal sex memoir as well as the new one woman show opening this week at Clurman Theater in midtown Manhattan starring Laura Campbell - if you go tomorrow, January 16th, there'll be a post-show talkback featuring The Marketplace author (and…


Added by Rachel Kramer Bussel on January 15, 2014 at 10:51am — No Comments

Camper Crazy

Philippians 4:11

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.


Do you ever get a notion in your head that you’ve just got to have something? Maybe a new car or sofa. What about a big screen TV? A new house, condo…


Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on January 13, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

[Making the Leap] Fear Not!

I have had great fun this week reading multiple blog posts about making resolutions, avoiding resolutions, or setting themes for the coming year. I've also read a lot of articles about the benefits or harm of setting goals-- how they can lead the way, provide inspiration or, alternately, become a painful source of…


Added by Julie Luek on January 7, 2014 at 6:03pm — 17 Comments

[DIARY OF A MEMOIRIST] On Not Making Certain New Year’s Resolutions

I thought I would enjoy my break from blogging more than I have. It turns out that I like the discipline of focusing once a week, the way I used to like thinking about what I would narrate for a friend with whom I had dinner once a week, wanting to entertain her with the soap opera of my life. There’s something infinitely more satisfying about the weekly rhythm―storing things up…


Added by Nancy K. Miller on January 2, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Another Year Under The Belt (Literally)

Well, another year has come and gone. What will 2014 deliver? Continued good health or will sickness come knocking at my door, or the door of a loved one? Will the world’s economy continue to escalate into more debt? Might this be the year that Jesus calls His children home?


I always feel a bit strange at this time of year, hopeful of things to come, but weary of things yet to do. I know that I need to get into a regular exercise program. Not just my casual stroll around the…


Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on January 1, 2014 at 1:07pm — No Comments

In 2014, I won't...

Right now, a lot of people are blogging about their resolutions or goals for 2014, or recapping 2013 highlights and lessons learned. I feel like I’ve already covered a lot of lessons learned in in the last several months on this blog, since I prepared to leave DC and move to California. (If you’re new to this blog, …


Added by Jenna Sauber on January 1, 2014 at 10:27am — No Comments

Forty Days

As the New Year looms ahead, our global collective consciousness leans in the direction of new beginnings, personal improvements, and positive changes. So much pressure!

I am not usually one for New Years' Resolutions. I figure that if I choose to make changes, I don't have to wait until a special time of year to make them. There's so much hype, time to gear up, psyche yourself and anticipate the ultimate failure. (How many times have I quit smoking…


Added by Dawn M. Steeves on December 31, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

[Making the Leap] A Blank Canvas Ahead

It's Christmas morning, and per tradition, I'm up early-- very early-- to get cinnamon rolls started. I'd complain, but I think I'm the one who started this annual baking extravaganza over two decades ago. I don't make homemade cinnamon rolls often, so when I do, it's a treat. My son, now 23, asked me several times…


Added by Julie Luek on December 25, 2013 at 5:43am — 4 Comments

2013 sex, from ball ironing to <i>Blue Is The Warmest Color</i> to <i>Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom</i>

It's all in my New York Observer year in sex roundup. You can also find my daily picks (with 2 on Wednesdays!) in their Eight-Day Week section - tonight's are The Ramen Burger Effect and…


Added by Rachel Kramer Bussel on December 18, 2013 at 10:40am — No Comments

I Survived the End of the World Last Night

I don’t know why I agreed to this. I could be sitting at home on my couch, watching the ball drop. That would have been so much better. I wouldn’t have to try to keep my eyes open all night. But, instead, here I am. 2014—two hours away. Just another year.

I jab my thumb into the elevator button, watching the numbers ascend until the thirteenth floor approaches. Thirteenth floor? I don’t know why the number didn’t dawn on me before, but thinking about it now, buildings don’t have a…


Added by Shari J. Ryan on December 6, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

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