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
This lovely image comes to us from the British Library Flickr stream
This week in memoir brought us the good, the bad, and some ugly news about our favorite genre. I don’t know about you, but after reading the tidbit I have listed first, you might have to go lie down. I did.
Self-proclaimed “Lab Girl” talks memoir on public radio
A fine memoir being “reshaped” for a young audience. But what does that mean, exactly?
A clever little book takes on the breakdown of a marriage and the meaning of hotels all under one cover
Peabody award-winning host of NPR show has out a new memoir on listening
So many war memoirs, but this one distinguishes itself mightily
Vulture’s list of 8 Books to Read This April contains one breathtaking memoir
This answers the big question I get all the time on the legality of writing memoir
I ALWAYS THINK I’ve heard it all when it comes to writing productivity and tricking yourself, bargaining oneself, bribing oneself into it. And then I met Marita Golden, author of more than a dozen books, and I heard something entirely new: That terror could be tamed with a timer. She told be about what writing for ten minutes did for her. Okay, I said. Write it up. And she did. Let me introduce you. Marita’s newest book will be out soon, and we’ll hear from her again when its published, but right now, as spring is trying to spring and distract you in its beneficence, how about we all get a little work done?