All Blog Posts Tagged 'memoir' (376)

Author Sarah M. Johnson Announces Book Signing in Roseville, MN

August 24, 2015 (Roseville, MN) – Sarah M. Johnson announced today that she will be at Barnes & Noble in Roseville, MN on September 12, 2015 at 2:00PM to meet with readers and sign copies of her new book Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of…


Added by Kelsey McBride on August 24, 2015 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Writing Memoir: Pacing

When we speak of pacing in fiction, we are talking about the interweave of narrative, description, dialogue, and conflicts and decisions. The plot pulls the story along and keeps the reader turning the pages. In some ways, how much or how little of these elements you use is subjective. Consider what you like when you read. For example, I prefer limited amount of dialogue and enjoy intricate descriptions of the characters’ inner workings, what he or she is thinking and feeling and why they…


Added by Wendy Brown-Baez on August 23, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

The Catch-22 of Memoir Writing

When I started to write The Butterfly Groove, which follows my search for answers among my mother’s mysteries from her past, a decade after losing her, I had a hope that I set too high on my list of Miracle Writer Tactics. Not only was I going to write a great book…


Added by Jessica Barraco on August 21, 2015 at 4:00pm — 10 Comments

Memoir: how to deal with emotional overload

When writing memoir, it is inevitable that emotions will rise to the surface as we describe both happy and sad memories. Sometimes writing memoir stirs the caldron of unresolved emotions. Rage, guilt, shame, hurt, and fear can all surge back immediately, even if we have done everything we can to heal, from therapy to moving on to a new life. While sifting through the details of the past, we may suddenly have revelations that shed new light on our motivations and personalities, and on others…


Added by Wendy Brown-Baez on August 11, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Sarah M. Johnson Announces the Upcoming Release of Her Inspirational Christian Memoir

Minneapolis, MN (August 4, 2015) – Sarah M. Johnson announced today that her inspirational Christian memoir Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God will be released on August 25, 2015, published by Morgan James Faith. She also announced that there will be a Book…


Added by Kelsey McBride on August 4, 2015 at 6:01pm — No Comments

How do I find my voice?

Voice: How does memoir writing differ from fiction? How do I find my voice?


The difference between fiction and memoir is not only the structure that the writing takes, but the fact that your readers have to resonate with you as a character. Your voice must reflect who you are, not a persona, and yet at the same time, you are the protagonist. You have experiences, adventures, struggles and revelations, insights and self-awareness leading to transformation, healing or…


Added by Wendy Brown-Baez on August 3, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Writing Memoir: secondary characters, how do we handle writing about people we know?

We know that the stories we are compelled to write are the stories that haunt us, the ones that won’t let go. For many of us, these stories are based on memories. We write memoirs in order to reflect on our past and make sense of it, to share our experiences and the insights gained, and to capture those moments of joy or terror that make us who we are. I believe every one of us has a powerful and engaging story to tell.


“What would happen if…


Added by Wendy Brown-Baez on July 28, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Thursday's Three on Art

Posted Thursday's Three on Art: a trio of quotes from a memoir and two biographies of artists.

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 23, 2015 at 7:28am — No Comments

Thought for the Day

Posted Thought for the Day, quoting Richard Paa Kofi Botchwey

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 12, 2015 at 10:54am — No Comments

An Introduction: Why I Write

Hello, everyone! It's very nice to meet you all--I look forward to reading your writing! I think that providing you with just a few (out of, oh, maybe a million) reasons why I write may be a good place to start. (Although, this short piece could still use a few revisions.) I hope you enjoy it and that it propels you to ask yourself this question: Why do I write? …


Added by Marilyn Bean on June 30, 2015 at 7:05am — 2 Comments

Monday Muse: Summer Writing Workshops

Posted Monday Muse roundup of summer writing workshops:

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on June 29, 2015 at 6:41am — No Comments

Reflections on the world of award submissions

It’s already summer; how did that happen? This particular June solstice brings with it a desire to look back and reflect upon the head-spinning events of the past few months, post-publication. By December 2014 I'd done some research on which awards to submit to, and had taken a deep breath and sent my book out to the most promising awards programs.

In early spring I learned that The Coconut Latitudes was a finalist in the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards, an event sponsored…


Added by Rita Gardner on June 25, 2015 at 11:55am — No Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Writing the Intimate

“I can’t remember.”

“I don’t know.”



Added by Ellen Cassedy on June 16, 2015 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

How She Writes has changed my life

Kamy Wicoff just posted a request for comments about how She Writes has changed our writing. Here's my heartfelt response: I recently unearthed a written vision statement I’d penned to myself 10 years ago – when I started writing my memoir “The Coconut Latitudes.” It was full of lofty goals including the “upwards of…


Added by Rita Gardner on June 9, 2015 at 11:11am — 1 Comment

Second Cousins Mean More Than You Know (A Mini-Memoir)

Where did I come from? Which relatives do I look like?

I was 12 when I first met any of my dad's family. Raised in an orphanage, Daddy was separated from his sister and brother around 16. But he had persevered in his search for them,…


Added by Sherrey Meyer on June 6, 2015 at 9:05am — No Comments

Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God

Life is Beautiful: How a Lost Girl Became a True, Confident Child of God, by Sarah M. Johnson, takes you on a full journey of trauma, loss, and finally resilience. While on a mission’s trip in Guatemala, a small Cessna Caravan’s engine blows while carrying fourteen passengers. Unfortunately, the…


Added by Kelsey McBride on June 5, 2015 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Monday Muse: #readwomen2015 (3)

Posted the third in a series of periodic posts highlighting writing by women—poetry, anthologies, history, memoir, and more I'm reading for #readwomen.

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on May 25, 2015 at 8:33am — No Comments

Some blogs along the way of my Book Quest Journey....

I started my "Changed by Chance" book blog about 2 years ago, well before the manuscript was finalized and not knowing how and where this journey would lead me in publishing. These are re-posts of some of my book blogs so that you can get a feel for how I came to publish with SWP.

It’s Official…I am an Author!


Yep, it’s official. I’m an author!…


Added by Elizabeth Rose Barker on May 18, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] The Butterfly Groove + Thoughts on Mother's Day

Six years ago this month, I graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder’s journalism school without really knowing what my journalistic future would hold. Throughout J-school, I would be encouraged to find local stories in the community, ended up writing about all kinds of people:…


Added by Jessica Barraco on May 6, 2015 at 9:30am — 20 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Remembering the Small Stuff--a Challenge of Writing Memoir

Yesterday a fellow Peace Corps alum who had just started reading my memoir asked, “How did you remember so many details from the Peace Corps?”

I laughed because I needed lots of help.

We all know that details make our writing more vivid, but what do you do when you just can’t…


Added by Eileen Flanagan on April 27, 2015 at 5:30am — 14 Comments

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