Wow. I’ve been working on this post for a few weeks and I have to say: reliving the creation of my book? Not as easy as I thought it would be. Probably because while writing a memoir about losing my brother to suicide was incredibly healing, it was also slow and raw and painful, like digging glass…Continue
Happy to report that The Displaced Nation just posted an interview with me about my photography, my memoir, and travels. The Displaced Nation site is "a home for international creatives" with a passion for global living and travel. They publish interviews with writers, photographers and other creative types. FYI, the term TCK refers to "third culture kids" - those who have moved away from their "passport country" when young, then returned when…Continue
Added by Rita Gardner on August 22, 2014 at 9:09am — No Comments
I was blown away by Dani Shapiro's exquisite article on memoir writing in this week's New Yorker. She writes of the Facebook era, where so much is shared online - and makes the point that: "In order to write a memoir, I've sat still inside the swirling vortex of my own complicated history like a piece of old driftwood, battered by the sea." No instant gratification swirls over us writers as we create our stories; instead we "turn out small, personal sorrows and individual tragedies…Continue
Added by Rita Gardner on August 20, 2014 at 12:02pm — No Comments
I'm inviting you over to the Amazon page for my new book, "When the Shoe Fits...Essays of Love, Life and Second Chances," which launched on August 1. It's got some GREAT reviews, and a book club "Discussion Guide" in the back of the book. Come on over and read the preview! It's available both as a Kindle…Continue
Added by Mary T. Wagner on August 19, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments
One could ask: What do fireflies, phosphorescence and stardust have to do with writing a book? More than you'd think. They all helped me survive and thrive and live to tell my story. Without the gathering cloak of the natural world, my family's stormy life might have been unbearable. As I was writing my memoir, "The Coconut Latitudes," I often felt bombarded by childhood memories that brought sorrow or pain, and I'd think: I can't really write this stuff, can I? And then I'd…Continue
Added by Rita Gardner on August 7, 2014 at 3:32pm — No Comments
I did not consider myself a writer until I started working for Hedgebrook.
I was an actor who wrote occasionally, a theatre major who had gravitated toward non-profit communications, but not a writer.
When I was introduced to new people, the conversation would often go something like this:…Continue
Added by Katie Woodzick on July 30, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Rita Gardner on July 22, 2014 at 9:04pm — No Comments
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! …Continue
Added by Rossandra White on July 18, 2014 at 1:19pm — No Comments
Why, I’m not sure. Because memoirs have magnificently come into their own in our culture? Because…Continue
Author: Sharon van Ivan
Added by Mayra Calvani on July 2, 2014 at 11:19am — No Comments
Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Memoir-in-Essays
Author: Faye Rapoport DesPres
Publisher: Buddhapuss Ink…Continue
Added by Mayra Calvani on June 7, 2014 at 3:57pm — No Comments
Added by Zoey J Troi on June 2, 2014 at 10:53am — No Comments
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…Continue
Writing Creative Nonfiction: 5 Things It's Taught Me About All Writing
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.…
Added by Sherrey Meyer on May 6, 2014 at 4:16pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Claire McAlpine on April 18, 2014 at 2:10am — No Comments
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…Continue
Or, to put it differently, what constitutes truth in creative writing?
I gave this matter some thought after completing a…Continue
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, …Continue
Added by Ann Hedreen on March 25, 2014 at 11:51am — No Comments