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
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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
Added by Rita Gardner on June 9, 2015 at 11:11am — No Comments
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
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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
Today, a close friend of mine would have turned 34. He died two years ago from a severe, and rare form of brain cancer. He developed a large tumor behind the optic nerve of the right eye, which as it grew and swelled in size, eventually rendered him partially blind.…Continue
I just completed a writing residency through the generosity of the Northwest Playwrights Alliance and Ms. Leticia Lopez, who donated the use of her cute rental home in Walla Walla, Washington (check it out here on VRBO). They asked me to write a short reflection on my week, so here it is!
I’m a wife and frazzled mother of three children, ages 11, 12, and…Continue
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Posted Monday Muse review of Kate Schmitt's marvelous memoir 'Singing Bones':
Added by Maureen E. Doallas on April 6, 2015 at 6:29am — No Comments
Social media has many raisons d’être—to advertise, to entertain, to build relationships with other people—and every now and then there’s an opportunity to use it for a greater good, whether to raise money for a great cause or to help a fella out. This is one of those opportunities.
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