All Blog Posts Tagged 'memoir' (370)

Writing Memoir: secondary characters, how do we handle writing about people we know?

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

Thursday's Three on Art

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

Thought for the Day

Posted Thought for the Day, quoting Richard Paa Kofi Botchwey

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on July 12, 2015 at 10:54am — No Comments

An Introduction: Why I Write

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? …


Added by Marilyn Bean on June 30, 2015 at 7:05am — 2 Comments

Monday Muse: Summer Writing Workshops

Posted Monday Muse roundup of summer writing workshops:

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on June 29, 2015 at 6:41am — No Comments

Reflections on the world of award submissions

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…


Added by Rita Gardner on June 25, 2015 at 11:55am — No Comments

[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: Writing the Intimate

“I can’t remember.”

“I don’t know.”



Added by Ellen Cassedy on June 16, 2015 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

How She Writes has changed my life

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…


Added by Rita Gardner on June 9, 2015 at 11:11am — No Comments

Second Cousins Mean More Than You Know (A Mini-Memoir)

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,…


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

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…


Added by Kelsey McBride on June 5, 2015 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Monday Muse: #readwomen2015 (3)

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

Some blogs along the way of my Book Quest Journey....

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!…


Added by Elizabeth Rose Barker on May 18, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] The Butterfly Groove + Thoughts on Mother's Day

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:…


Added by Jessica Barraco on May 6, 2015 at 9:30am — 20 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] Remembering the Small Stuff--a Challenge of Writing Memoir

Yesterday a fellow Peace Corps alum who had just started reading my memoir asked, “How did you remember so many details from the Peace Corps?”

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…


Added by Eileen Flanagan on April 27, 2015 at 5:30am — 14 Comments

Grief: The Story of a Friendship

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.…


Added by Kevin Camp on April 16, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

The Week of Magical Thinking, Or How I Failed to Write a Book in 7 Days

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…


Added by Sharon Van Epps on April 6, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Monday Muse on 'Singing Bones'

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

[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Twitter and Pirates (the real kind)

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.



Added by Meghan Ward on April 2, 2015 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

[SWP: Behind the Book] A Chinese Artist Steps Out

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…


Added by Angela Lam (Turpin) on March 22, 2015 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Thought for the Day

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

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