All Blog Posts Tagged 'memoir' (328)

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

Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day is a quote of the late foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid.

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2013/12/thought-for-day_8.html

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on December 8, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

[Diary of a Memoirist] Where were you when you learned that President Kennedy was shot?

What does a memoirist really remember? Mortifying to confess, I remember where I was when I heard the news of the event in relation to my love life. That was the main event when I was twenty-two.

In November 1963 I was living in Paris and teaching American English in a lycée for girls. The…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on November 21, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

[DIARY OF A MEMOIRIST COUNTDOWN] “Is that you?”

A few months ago, I showed the book jacket of my forthcoming memoir to a friend. This was a woman about my age, maybe a bit younger, a person and writer I admire but only know slightly. “You were pretty,” she said, with an air of perplexity. What did this mean, exactly, I wondered? That she found it hard to believe…

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Added by Nancy K. Miller on November 5, 2013 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

You Wrote A Story? How To Get People To Read It

All of us wrote essays in school. Many of us took various forms of creative writing classes. Most of us like to write and all of us would like to improve. If you want to write, there is an abundance of information available to help you.
I have never read as many blogs, stories and books giving instructions on how to compose until after releasing my memoir this summer. A few months ago, I did…
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Added by Carol Graham on November 1, 2013 at 1:21pm — No Comments

You Wrote A Story -- How To Get People To Read It

All of us wrote essays in school. Many of us took various forms of creative writing classes. Most of us like to write and all of us would like to improve. If you want to write, there is an abundance of information available to help you.

I have never read as many blogs, stories and books giving instructions on how to compose until after releasing my memoir this summer. A few months ago, I did not even know what a blog was or why I would want to…

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Added by Carol Graham on October 27, 2013 at 5:56pm — No Comments

3 Ways to Start to Hone Your Expertise

Earlier this month I had the privilege of moderating Deborah Siegel’s Thought Leadership for Writers webinar.

 

There were a lot of things that stood out for me about the three-week…

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Added by Brooke Warner on October 27, 2013 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

Three Steps to Author Infrastructure

Prior to being published, every author must construct three pylons on which to build her book platform. These pylons become a foundational base for the author as well as a launching pad for her book.

The three pylons of author infrastructure are:

  • A…
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Added by Stephanie Barko on October 21, 2013 at 5:00am — 4 Comments

Roughneck Daddy (Revised version)

Jim takes the children away from the alcoholic mother, who is also mentally ill, to give them a stable life with him and his parents who live in Louisiana.  Working in the oil fields of Louisiana and East Texas, Jim is a good father at times, but continues to create mayhem because of his own alcoholism.

Roughneck Daddy examines the father/ daughter relationship of a child born to a roughneck, whose story is told in the child's voice in the first eleven chapters. There is a mixture of…

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Added by Donna F. Orchard on October 11, 2013 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Last day of Early Bird Price for Black Mesa Writers' Intensive with Julia Cameron and Natalie Goldberg

Hello SheWrites Community,

Some of you came to my last event, the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat and I wanted to let you know about my next one.  Early Bird pricing ends tonight at Midnight. Here's the scoop:

Black Mesa Writers' Intensive is a one-day exploration into the craft and possibilities of personal narrative at Bishop's Lodge in Santa Fe, NM on Dec. 6th. Faculty: Julia…

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Added by Theo Pauline Nestor on October 1, 2013 at 12:29pm — No Comments

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