All Blog Posts Tagged 'memoir' (338)

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…

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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…

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

GIVEAWAY--TWO DAYS ONLY!

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! …

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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…

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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

Website:…

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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

Website:http://www.FayeRapoportDesPres.com

Publisher: Buddhapuss Ink…

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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

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Interview with Shebooks co-founder Laura Fraser

My memoir, Runway: Confessions of a not-so supermodel, was recently released by a new company called Shebooks, which publishes high-quality 10,000-word ebooks written by women. This week I want to share with you an…

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Added by Meghan Ward on May 29, 2014 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

Writing Memoir: 5 Things It's Taught Me About All Writing

Writing Creative Nonfiction: 5 Things It's Taught Me About All Writing

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Added by Aine Greaney on May 27, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

What to Do When the Book You're Writing Throws You a Curve Ball

The drafting of my memoir began in earnest sometime the late spring of 2012. I had jotted down notes and memories plus digging through boxes of my mother's personal papers for years. Folders filled with potential material for a book cover a work table.…

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Added by Sherrey Meyer on May 6, 2014 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Daphne's Dilemma

Recently one of the book reviews I wrote All The Birds, Singing resulted in a comment asking to hear more of my own story.

So over the last two days I share a short story, which is true, called Daphne's Dilemma.

It happened when I was 11 or 12 year's old, a child confronting life, birth and death. I would love you to read it and let me know what you…

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Added by Claire McAlpine on April 18, 2014 at 2:10am — No Comments

[DIARY OF A MEMOIRIST] My Memoirs Made Me Jewish

In the year 2000 I received a phone call from a real estate broker who informed me that I had inherited a small plot of land on the outskirts of Jerusalem from my paternal grandparents. The phone call led to years of research and traveling because it opened the door on a family history I knew nothing about. What I found―and didn’t find―ultimately made me want to write a…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on April 3, 2014 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Is This a True Story?

When you sit down to write, how much is truth and how much fiction? If you’re writing a personal story, should you call it a memoir or a novel?

Or, to put it differently, what constitutes truth in creative writing?

I gave this matter some thought after completing a…

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Added by Meg Bortin on April 1, 2014 at 9:32am — 16 Comments

Happy Birthday, Gloria Steinem

Happy Birthday, Gloria Steinem. If you are what eighty looks like, then there is hope in this world. And it is high time I thanked you for a few things.

First: Six years ago, for two weeks of my life, you gave me courage to get out of bed. It was April 2008. A cold April: frost every day, even a few snow flurries. Every morning, I huddled under the covers in my cottage at Hedgebrook, the Whidbey Island retreat for women writers, reading your brilliant book of essays, …

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Added by Ann Hedreen on March 25, 2014 at 11:51am — No Comments

To be a Memory

It is a strange thing, to be a memory…. I write from a moment in my own past—from within my memories. In fact, I realize that I am my memories. I am everything that I remember up to this point in my life. I drift between the past and the future—living and dreaming and thinking in the past, but writing in my own future.

I know that I will survive and one day live in Eretz Yisrael, but then I will be a different…

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Added by Yael Shahar on March 6, 2014 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Monday Muse: #readwomen2014

Today, Monday Muse offers her own titles of books written by women, all of which should be on your #readwomen2014 list.

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2014/03/monday-muse-readwomen2014.html

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on March 3, 2014 at 6:55am — No Comments

First Chapter Reveal: Hamster Island, by Joan Heartwell (memoir)

Title: Hamster Island

Author: Joan Heartwell

Genre: Memoir

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

Purchase from Amazon B&N / …

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Added by Mayra Calvani on February 11, 2014 at 4:43am — No Comments

First Chapter Reveal: Hamster Island, by Joan Heartwell (memoir)

Title: Hamster Island

Author: Joan Heartwell

Genre: Memoir

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

Purchase from Amazon B&N / …

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Added by Mayra Calvani on February 11, 2014 at 4:42am — No Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] Dream Reader, Nightmare Reviewer

This weekend brought two radically different responses to my new memoir that caused joy and despair, the alternation of outcomes my friend Carolyn used to refer to as the “swings and the roundabouts”―what you lose on the one (the swings), you gain on the other (the roundabouts). Things balance out in the end. In this case, though, it started with the roundabouts: a friend forwarded…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on January 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

Tallchief--Freshly Pressed!

She Writers--this is my "Restless Nest" post that was picked up by "Freshly Pressed" on Wordpress: 

She “made us move bigger than we actually were, with a courage and physical confidence we didn’t yet possess,” wrote Jennifer Homans in a …

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Added by Ann Hedreen on January 8, 2014 at 5:26pm — No Comments

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