The two biggest surprises that came from writing my memoir, Red Eggs and Good Luck, was announcing I was a visual artist to the world and sharing my Chinese heritage with others.
Prior to writing Red Eggs and Good Luck, I was a closet artist. My need to capture the world in images remained a secret until I met my husband, who was an artist. In his presence, I felt safe. At night, I would work alongside him as he finished his assignments. Sometimes my work turned out…Continue
Posted Thought for the Day, from Alexandra Fuller. Also see her conversation about her new memoir.
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on March 22, 2015 at 6:04am — No Comments
I'm thrilled to be one of two memoir writers featured in National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW) teleseminar on March 20! I'm joined by the esteemed Lorenzo Martinez, who wrote a haunting memoir of exile and finding self ("Cuba, Adios"). From the announcement by NAMW founder Linda Joy Myers (and SWP author):
This month we are pleased to have a conversation with two successful NAMW members who have something in common—stories…Continue
Added by Rita Gardner on March 13, 2015 at 9:43am — No Comments
Posted new edition of All Art Friday.
In the spotlights: Scott McCloud's 'The Sculptor'; Turner exhibition catalogue; Irish artist Catherine Owens's prints; Sally Mann's forthcoming memoir; Smithsonian Libraries' Artists' Book Collection; and the app 'Flomm!'
The roundup highlights exhibitions at MoMA/New York (group contemporary painting show), Fuller Craft Museum (innovative ceramists), N.M. Museum of Art (photography), Portland Art Museum/Oregon (Japanese…Continue
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on March 13, 2015 at 7:31am — No Comments
She Writes friends, I thought you might enjoy this piece, which you can also view on my blog site:
If you aspire to be a cool writer, then whatever you do,…Continue
Added by Ann Hedreen on March 11, 2015 at 1:09pm — No Comments
My biggest challenge as a writer is that I make my living as a writer. Dream come true, right? Yes and no.
I own a writing and editing consulting firm where I specialize in medical and science writing. I also teach writing to nonwriters (scientists, physicians, and engineers) who write for their jobs. I love my work and I've built a profitable business.
I also have had some success as an …Continue
2015 marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. As such I reflected a bit about writing memoir and what it means to be authentic, naked, and vulnerable on the page. This essay originally appeard on Kathy Pooler's blog Memoir Writer's Journey. …
Added by Julie Freed on February 10, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments
In this new year, as The Coconut Latitudes branches out far from its beginnings, its being “out there” in the world has continued to bring some unexpected gifts and connections; the latest (yesterday) was an out-of-the-blue message from a pen pal with whom I corresponded over fifty years ago.
The first gift was the arrival of photographs never before seen taken in the 1950s in the Dominican Republic by a German family who visited my childhood home. All of a sudden I can see my…Continue
Added by Rita Gardner on February 1, 2015 at 8:53pm — No Comments
Born in Yugoslavia in the 1970s, Marija Bulatovic, along with her parents, immigrated to the U.S. in the 1990s just ahead of the 1990s Yugoslav wars and the breakup of the country. An accomplished business professional with years of experience driving enterprise business with Fortune 500 companies, Bulatovic graduated from Colgate University. Marija Bulatovic lives in…Continue
Added by Mayra Calvani on January 29, 2015 at 11:54am — No Comments
I always say that the thing that played the biggest part in my signing with one of the Big Five publishers was luck. Given how many incredibly talented writers and moving stories exist out there (and in here, on She Writes itself), I deeply believe that luck, more than anything, ignited the whole process of my deal with G.P. Putnam’s Sons (which I wrote about earlier,…Continue
If you dream of writing a book, whether it’s a true story, a make-believe story or something in the middle, the day you put your fingers to the keyboard and begin is an adventure. A grand adventure that may well span many years. For me it took 7 years from the first evening I sat down and started on Chapter 1 until I held the finished 191 page memoir in my hands. Fifty+ years living in the first place, to have something important to share after all!…Continue
Monday Muse posts selections she's read during this "Year of Reading Women":
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on December 15, 2014 at 8:26am — No Comments
I attended a talk by a literary agent last night. The audience was hungry to know everything he could tell them about the "agenting process", how he works with publishers, and with authors. One of the things he said more than a few times was how difficult it is to get a book published. If I hadn't already been through the process with She Writes Press, I think I would have been discouraged after the agent concluded his talk. So this is another "thank you" to SWP and Brooke for creating a…Continue
Added by Rita Gardner on December 2, 2014 at 1:04pm — No Comments
Here's a little short story about my Thoroughbred mare, Skigh. …Continue
Added by Peggy Gurnett on November 16, 2014 at 10:50am — No Comments
In January of 2013, I signed a deal for my first book with G.P. Putnam's Sons, a hardcover division of Penguin Random House, one of the so-called “Big Five” publishing houses. The book is a memoir…Continue
A writer colleague recently said (about her book launch) that she realizes her book now has a life of its own--and that it is time to surrender and let it make its way in the world. My official book launch was last Saturday at Book Passage Bookstore in Corte Madera, California. I was thrilled and amazed that over 115 people came to it, and the store manager said the book sales were in the top 5% for author events - even including luminaries such as Al Gore or Jimmy Carter! While that…Continue
Added by Rita Gardner on October 14, 2014 at 9:28am — No Comments
It is hard to believe that my official book launch is happening this week--October 7, to be exact. In fact, while I’m still maniacally darting around like one of Santa’s elves on Christmas Eve, trying to spread the word (all 51,743 of them!), Amazon has already begun packing,…Continue
Posted Thought for the Day, a Gail Caldwell quote from her 2010 memoir 'Let's Take the Long Way Home':
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on September 21, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Posted Monday Muse review of Angela Alaimo O'Donnell's newly released memoir "Mortal Blessings: A Sacramental Farewell":
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on September 15, 2014 at 7:29am — No Comments