Writing Lessons: How to Write Someone Else’s Story

cover front of the bookWRITING SOMEONE ELSE’S STORY is always a difficult assignment. How, for instance, do you achieve the voice of the other, and how much of your own can seep in? These were some of the questions put before Marvin Rapp who, with his wife, Lori, has run a Jerusalem popular bake shop and catering company for more than 20 years. Their new book was written by Marvin in Lori’s voice and is as delightful to read as the recipes within it are delicious to taste. Entitled Secrets from Lori Rapp’s Kitchen, the book has achieved nightstand status in my house, as I read and laugh, plan and peruse and go to bed each night hungrier than I’d prefer. I asked Marvin to discuss the secrets of how to write someone else’s story. Here is the result.  [Read more...]

Writing Lessons: Can Memoir Be Poetry? Of course

CAN MEMOIR BE POETRY? I get this question all the time. Of course it can. In fact, you can write memoir, poetry, memoir screenplays, plays, lists, essays and book-length pieces. Memoir is a genre that allows for a lot of forms, and here to show you one of them is a poet of gorgeous ability. Let me introduce you to Keven Bellows, who chooses poetry to write about the many topics of her life. I’ll let her explain.  [Read more...]

Getting Inspired to Write Memoir

YouTube Preview ImageGETTING INSPIRED TO WRITE memoir is easier for some than for others. My job is to make is easy for all, and I try to do this by providing provocative content on my website, through my own writing, and in all of my classes. And then every once in a while I need some myself, and when I do, I turn to the very best sources in the world. [Read more...]

Writing Lessons: Writing Your Truth

STEVE WHITACRE book coverWRITING YOUR TRUTH is one of those phrases that makes for good conversation, a fine search term on Google, and a much-overused topic for workshops. And that’s about where the fun begins and ends since actually writing your truth is as hard as writing gets. Here to take on that gnarly topic is Steven Whitacre, author of the beautifully-written — and remarkably-titled — memoir, My Father’s Prostitute: Story of a Stolen Childhood. Let’s see what he has to say.



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