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Saddling Skigh

Here's a little short story about my Thoroughbred mare, Skigh.  …


Added by Peggy Gurnett on November 16, 2014 at 10:50am — No Comments

[Path to Publication] A New Writer Gets a 1st Book Deal with a Big Five—When She Least Expects It

And Why You Don’t Need to Write Everyday To Be a “Real” Writer

In January of 2013, I signed a deal for my first book with G.P. Putnam's Sons, a hardcover division of Penguin Random House, one of the so-called “Big Five” publishing houses. The book is a memoir…


Added by Tracy Slater on November 11, 2014 at 12:30am — 14 Comments

Surrender -- Letting Go of "The Coconut Latitudes"

A writer colleague recently said (about her book launch) that she realizes her book now has a life of its own--and that it is time to surrender and let it make its way in the world. My official book launch was last Saturday at Book Passage Bookstore in Corte Madera, California. I was thrilled and amazed that over 115 people came to it, and the store manager said the book sales were in the top 5% for author events - even including luminaries such as Al Gore or Jimmy Carter! While that…


Added by Rita Gardner on October 14, 2014 at 9:28am — No Comments

Want to Know the Hardest Part of Launching a Book? (+ A Giveaway!)

It is hard to believe that my official book launch is happening this week--October 7, to be exact. In fact, while I’m still maniacally darting around like one of Santa’s elves on Christmas Eve, trying to spread the word (all 51,743 of them!), Amazon has already begun packing,…


Added by Cheryl Rice on October 5, 2014 at 4:00pm — 22 Comments

Thought for the Day

Posted Thought for the Day, a Gail Caldwell quote from her 2010 memoir 'Let's Take the Long Way Home':

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on September 21, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Monday Muse Reads 'Mortal Blessings'

Posted Monday Muse review of Angela Alaimo O'Donnell's newly released memoir "Mortal Blessings: A Sacramental Farewell":

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on September 15, 2014 at 7:29am — No Comments

Thought for the Day

The Thought for the Day is a quote from a Gail Caldwell memoir:

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on September 7, 2014 at 9:52am — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Write Through This

Wow. I’ve been working on this post for a few weeks and I have to say: reliving the creation of my book? Not as easy as I thought it would be.  Probably because while writing a memoir about losing my brother to suicide was incredibly healing, it was also slow and raw and painful, like digging glass…


Added by Kelley Clink on August 30, 2014 at 4:30pm — 19 Comments

Interview by The Displaced Nation, a site for international creatives

Happy to report that The Displaced Nation just posted an interview with me about my photography, my memoir, and travels. The Displaced Nation site is "a home for international creatives" with a passion for global living and travel. They publish interviews with writers, photographers and other creative types. FYI, the term TCK refers to "third culture kids" - those who have moved away from their "passport country" when young, then returned when…


Added by Rita Gardner on August 22, 2014 at 9:09am — No Comments

"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

New book launch!

I'm inviting you over to the Amazon page for my new book, "When the Shoe Fits...Essays of Love, Life and Second Chances," which launched on August 1.  It's got some GREAT reviews, and  a book club "Discussion Guide" in the back of the book. Come on over and read the preview!  It's available both as a Kindle…


Added by Mary T. Wagner on August 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Power of Starlight and Fireflies

One could ask: What do fireflies, phosphorescence and stardust have to do with writing a book? More than you'd think. They all helped me survive and thrive and live to tell my story. Without the gathering cloak of the natural world, my family's stormy life might have been unbearable. As I was writing my memoir, "The Coconut Latitudes," I often felt bombarded by childhood memories that brought sorrow or pain, and I'd think:  I can't really write this stuff, can I?  And then I'd…


Added by Rita Gardner on August 7, 2014 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Claiming the Name of Writer

I did not consider myself a writer until I started working for Hedgebrook.


I was an actor who wrote occasionally, a theatre major who had gravitated toward non-profit communications, but not a writer.


When I was introduced to new people, the conversation would often go something like this:…


Added by Katie Woodzick on July 30, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

2013 National Medal of Arts and Humanities awards

I'm so thrilled that President Obama will be awarding the 2013 National Medal of Arts and Humanities citations to two wonderful writers, Julia Alvarez and Maxine Hong Kingston next week. I am pleased Julia Alvarez is one of the recipients of the medal (and of course, doubly thrilled that she endorsed my memoir, "The Coconut Latitudes.")  Per the White House announcement, Alvarez is being honored for "for her extraordinary storytelling. In poetry and in prose, Ms. Alvarez explores…


Added by Rita Gardner on July 22, 2014 at 9:04pm — No Comments

Waiting for the Fruit

In 2008, as my agent started sending my memoir out to editors, Lehman Brothers closed up shop and so the Great Recession began. Homeowners, wannabe homeowners and the middle- and…


Added by Mel Ryane on July 20, 2014 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments


I'm giving away ONE AUTOGRAPHED COPY of my memoir Loveyoubye: Holding Fast, Letting Go, And Then There's The Dog on Goodreads. The giveaway ends on Sunday morning at 8am GMT Good luck! …


Added by Rossandra White on July 18, 2014 at 1:19pm — No Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: What makes a winning memoir? Hint: Try a logline.

Once upon a time, my favorite books were novels. All novels, all the time. In recent years, though, I’ve switched my allegiance to memoirs. 


Why, I’m not sure. Because memoirs have magnificently come into their own in our culture? Because…


Added by Ellen Cassedy on July 17, 2014 at 12:30am — 16 Comments

Chapter Reveal: 'Juggle and Hide,' by Sharon van Ivan (memoir)

Title: Sharon van Ivan

Genre: Memoir

Author: Sharon van Ivan



Added by Mayra Calvani on July 2, 2014 at 11:19am — No Comments

Chapter reveal: 'Message from a Blue Jay,' by Faye Rapoport DesPres (creative nonfiction)

Title: Message from a Blue Jay

Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Memoir-in-Essays

Author: Faye Rapoport DesPres


Publisher: Buddhapuss Ink…


Added by Mayra Calvani on June 7, 2014 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Memoir Writing: A Tough Feat

I have a couple of difficult projects that I have written in bits and pieces over the years, but I am looking to write two complete novels. One about a teenage girl who becomes her mother's caretaker until her death, and the other about a family member whose perfectionism resulted in the family becoming dysfunctional and the children suffering PTSD, depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation or attempted suicide.

I am looking for my books not only to tell my story, but also to show… Continue

Added by Zoey J Troi on June 2, 2014 at 10:53am — No Comments

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