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…Continue
Added by Kelsey McBride on August 24, 2015 at 5:44pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Wendy Brown-Baez on August 23, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Wendy Brown-Baez on August 11, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Kelsey McBride on August 4, 2015 at 6:01pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Wendy Brown-Baez on August 3, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments
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
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
Posted Thought for the Day, quoting Richard Paa Kofi Botchwey
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 12, 2015 at 10:54am — No Comments
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? …Continue
Posted Monday Muse roundup of summer writing workshops:
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on June 29, 2015 at 6:41am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Rita Gardner on June 25, 2015 at 11:55am — No Comments
“I can’t remember.”
“I don’t know.”
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…Continue
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,…Continue
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, 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…Continue
Added by Kelsey McBride on June 5, 2015 at 12:59pm — No Comments
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
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!…Continue
Added by Elizabeth Rose Barker on May 18, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments
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:…Continue
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…Continue