AS A MEMOIR COACH, I hear and read lots of stories and, as a result, I love to listen. I do it all day for storytellers as part of my job. I do it for my family, to the dog (of course) and to my students, whose tales need shaping, and whose work always begins with someone listening to their pitch. [Read more…]
HOW MANY PEOPLE do you think are in therapy because of you? Oh, I’m sorry. Did you just spit your tea right onto the computer screen? I know. I had a similar response when the question was posed to me, and in my case it was under non-writing circumstances. [Read more…]
AS A MEMOIR COACH, I work with clients all over the world, teasing out their stories, reading whole manuscripts, restructuring works, performing content edits, serving as a writing coach, cajoling next sentences/paragraphs/chapters from eager writers, and more. And that’s the easy part. The hard part is helping someone determine exactly how to tell a tale. After all, there are myriad forms of memoir. And just when I think I know them all, along comes another one. This time it’s “essayistic memoir.” [Read more…]
“WHY SHOULD I READ BOOK REVIEWS?” A client asked me this recently. Let me count the reasons, for there are many, starting with the simplest and most direct of them – and let’s hope that written here it sounds slightly kinder than it probably sounded via telephone earlier this week. [Read more…]
IT FEELS LIKE THE PERFECT online dating experience: You meet over the internet, get along great and then spend a lot of time getting along even better only to then agree to meet in person. Now multiply that many times and you’ll know how I feel about speaking at the upcoming Tribe Conference next month.
I cannot name all the people I’ll finally be seeing face-to-face for the first time, but I can say that the two who will make me giggle when we finally lay eyes on one another are Jeff Goins and Pamela Hodges, both of whom are real talents in this field of writing I call home, and both of whom have become dear friends.
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DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? I mean, have you noticed the growing popularity of writing about the makings of memoir, its nuts and bolts, levers and gimcracks? It’s all very meta or something, but I try to cull through it each week for you and bring you only what will help your work. See what you think about this week’s offerings.
Here’s news on a breathtaking Holocaust memoir
You might want to enter this memoir contest
Child star of the movie Matilda (turned Twitter star) has written a memoir due out in September
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