All Blog Posts Tagged 'memoir' (413)

Book Review by Michael Knox-Smith of Bangles: My True Story of Escape, Adventure and Forgiveness

Bangles: My True Story of Escape, Adventure and Forgiveness by Marsha Marie is a personal tale of living outside the “safety” of America and of adopting another country as home. A sort of variation of “An Englishman Abroad” where the heroine of the book takes us though her trails and tribulations via series of books all starting with “Bangles.”

The tale begins with Marsha in an abusive relationship with her first husband. One that ends with her losing custody of her children. She…

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Added by Marsha Yasmine Marie on August 13, 2016 at 6:53pm — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Every Book Has a Story

When I was in 4th grade, I got a D in math. I felt like a failure. To me, math knowledge equated with "smarts." And, naturally, "smarts" equated with success. At 9 years old, I was doomed to a life without success.

Three years later my seventh grade English teacher read one of my essays to the class. She cried a little at one part. At 12 years old, I knew I was destined to write a book.

Through medical school (I did actually prove those "smarts," after all, and became an…

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Added by Christine Meyer on August 2, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Comma Queen's Ruler

Many readers don’t realize what goes into the editing of a book. Let me clue you in.  DYING IN DUBAI has gone through numerous drafts—at least 14 by my latest count: some, which I edited myself, and some, which an outside editor reviewed. 

The first editors to comment were developmental editors. Their job is to look broadly at character, plot, story arc, themes.  Like novels, memoirs must satisfy in all of these categories. When I handed in my drafts, I was nervous about what…

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Added by Roselee Blooston on July 31, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Suzanne Kamata Finalist for $50,000 Half the World Global Literati Award; Winner of Best Woman-Centered Novel/Memoir

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Winner Announced for the Half the World Global Literati Award 2016 -Canadian author Laurie Petrou recipient of inaugural US$50,000 international award–

Global, July 15, 2016 – Half the World Holdings, a women-focused investment platform, Friday announced Laurie Petrou as the winner of the inaugural Half the World Global Literati Award 2016. The prestigious international award recognizes unpublished work that reflects the…

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Added by Suzanne Linn Kamata on July 16, 2016 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Living with a Work in Progress

Once you have written your first draft, the easy part is over and the hard part begins. The hard part is where you begin the process of re-writing and crafting your book, chapter by chapter, sentences by sentence, word by word. That’s exactly where I was the last couple of years, on my third, fourth, and fifth re-writes, revising, expanding, cutting, and shaping…

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Added by Nancy Hinchliff on July 16, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The One-Two Punch of writing details

I implore the power of detail in my memoir writing. However, writing the details can be a distraction and a digression from the…

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Added by Nancy Chadwick-Burke on July 11, 2016 at 2:09pm — 1 Comment

How to Write a Memoir/Nonfiction Proposal

I got the deal for my memoir, The Good Shufu, through an unusually lucky process for a first-time author--one that made the prospect of writing a proposal both more and less overwhelming. One seemingly ordinary day in my life as a writer-without-a-book, an editor at Putnam (a hardcover imprint in the Penguin Random House group) saw a short piece I wrote in The…

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Added by Tracy Slater on July 4, 2016 at 11:30pm — 25 Comments

Deleted passage from BANGLES ....Lucille Ball Days

My next bad hair day story happened one weekend in Dubai. I ended up coloring my hair three times in a row; only because I couldn’t get the color just-right. The result of the third coloring was okay for my hair, but something went horribly wrong with my eyebrows. (You see, anyone who knows me, knows that I have skin-tone eyebrows; some even say that they are invisible. So whenever I color my hair, I try to…

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Added by Marsha Yasmine Marie on June 22, 2016 at 9:35pm — No Comments

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Check out what Story Circle Network is offering this summer term in their online classes.  Classes begin mid-July and early August. Sign up now.

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Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on June 21, 2016 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Upcoming Story Circle Network Online Classes!

Check out what Story Circle Network is offering this summer term in their online classes.  Classes begin mid-July and early August. Sign up now.

Here's the link to Story Circle Network Online Classes

Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on June 21, 2016 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Upcoming Story Circle Network Online Classes!

Check out what Story Circle Network is offering this summer term in their online classes.  Classes begin mid-July and early August. Sign up now.

Here's the link to Story Circle Network Online Classes

Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on June 21, 2016 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Book in Hand

            Last week, when I contemplated writing this blog entry, I intended to title it, “Obstacles and Opportunities.”  I often start with a title. My plays and my memoir, DYING IN DUBAI, began that way. Then two days ago, a box arrived, containing the Advance Review Copies of my memoir—ARCs, as they are known…

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Added by Roselee Blooston on June 20, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

I’ve been told that some of my stories are incomplete in form. They don’t have the standard type of plot-arc and resolution.  “Where are you going with these?” They say. “These are just sketches.” (I…

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I’ve been told that some of my stories are incomplete in form. They don’t have the standard type of plot-arc and resolution.  “Where are you going with these?” They say. “These are just sketches.” (Interesting– That’s what the art critics and academicians of the 1890’s said about Claude Monet, who now in countless art history books is called “the Father of Impressionism.”)

If my stories don’t fit the formula for maximum sales, and if they only offer a glimpse of a…

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Added by Victoria Chames on June 10, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Birth and Rebirth

     Why does embarking on a new chapter in my writing life feel like both a birth and a rebirth?  Part of the answer is obvious: there is a lot of labor involved, a lot of figurative blood, and real sweat and tears. When I began writing, I was a child creating illustrated poetry books, which were a secondary outlet for my ever-present need to express myself. Those first efforts rhymed. Later, as a 7th grader, I turned to haiku and got my first accolades: an Honorable Mention in…

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Added by Roselee Blooston on June 1, 2016 at 7:38am — No Comments

A Letter to Mom.

Dear Mom,

Just felt like writing to you today. I wish I could hold you and let you know how much I love you. I wish I could look into your eyes and feel that unconditional love that I miss so much.

I have done so much since the last time we spoke. I have come back to the States with Mona. She is now in the programs that she needs. She has started college classes and has picked up her art again. I am so proud of her. I can’t imagine how difficult it would have been to come back…

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Added by Marsha Yasmine Marie on May 31, 2016 at 3:54pm — No Comments

The Effects of Place

When you select a place in which to have action happen--be it for a story, an essay, or a poem--this place will affect many other aspects of the piece you're writing. It's not a choice that you should waltz into without forethought.

 

The following are some of the aspects of a written text that will be…

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Added by Bernadette Geyer on May 23, 2016 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Welcome to My Blog!

Welcome to my blog! In the next few months I’ll be giving you a glimpse of the inner workings of my journey to and through the publication of my first book, DYING IN DUBAI, a memoir of marriage, mourning and the Middle East, by Apprentice House Press, Loyola University Maryland on Oct 1st.  This is, to say the least, an exciting time for me, and one of deep satisfaction. I still can’t quite believe that I’m here, anticipating the launch of a book. It feels like a…

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Added by Roselee Blooston on May 17, 2016 at 7:46am — No Comments

Upcoming Story Circle Network Online Class:The Story of Your Life

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Class Title: The Story of Your Life

Instructor: Lily Iona MacKenzie 

Class Term: May 16-June 20, 2016

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Discovering the narrative that is your life.

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Virginia Woolf observed that "the past is beautiful…

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Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on May 7, 2016 at 11:36pm — No Comments

Where Are We in Relation to the Last Scene? Tracking Time in Memoir

Lately, with my memoir students and clients, I find myself writing the following query into nearly every submission: Where are we in relation to where we just were? As the writer of your memoir, it’s critical to remember that you lived the experiences you’re writing about, and that you must slow down and anchor the reader again and again and again as to where they are in your timeline—multiple times in a single chapter.

I encourage my…

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Added by Brooke Warner on April 26, 2016 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

Authors John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo Announce Book Signing in St. Louis

April 25, 2016 (St. Louis, MO) – Authors John Lipscomb and Adrianne Lugo announced today that they will be at Left Bank Books in St. Louis, MO on May 18, 2016 at 7:00PM to do a book signing for their memoir, …

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Added by Kelsey McBride on April 25, 2016 at 10:45am — No Comments

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