JOANNA PENN HELPS writers get to their work. Me, too. And so we got together via Skype the other day – she in London, me in upstate, New York – and talked about how to write memoir. Want to watch and learn? You may. [Read more…]
TELLING THE TRUTH — how to do it, why it’s important, and how to avoid the temptation to stray from it – is perhaps the gnarliest of topics for memoir writers. And so I leave it to Beth Kephart, author of the marvelous new book, Handling the Truth, On The Writing of Memoir, to take on this round with you. I’ve have at this topic before, and it’s a good one. Beth’s book, just out, is a must-read for all of us who love this genre. Here’s a preview. Enjoy.
Next in this new series called Writing Lessons, my guest teacher is Kate Richards, whose astonishing memoir, Madness, tackles just what the title implies. I met Kate online after slamming into her book in the form of the type of review that makes a reader rush to read more. Published this year by Penguin, Australia, Madness is building an audience worldwide. Kate is next in what is growing into a bunch of fine writers you will meet here, all of whom are going to teach us a thing or two about writing memoir. Writing Lessons will include a piece on how to write memoir, an excerpt, and a chance to win the featured book. Read all the way through for more. [Read more…]
THE LAST FEW WEEKS have brought the bounty that May is known for. Let’s see if I can give a rich and quick recap for you of those things I found online and in the world that might get you writing memoir. Ready? Read on.
People frequently write in asking for writing tips, and perhaps the greatest tip I can give you is that if you are looking for a sure-fire way to combat writer’s block, you need look no further than doing a little research. And while I would go so far as to say that there really is no such thing as writer’s block, I know many would disagree. [Read more…]
THERE ARE ALMOST NO WORDS to describe how exquisitely happy I am to have a magazine piece of mine be chosen as the very first story showcased in a new online New York Times feature. The first piece of memoir I ever published, now thirty years ago, it is also the piece for which I am best known. What an honor to see it here. And what a surprise. I had no idea this was in the works. Enjoy.
LISTENING TO THE RADIO recently, I heard an announcer introduce someone who had written a “memoir,” and I swear the announcer spat out the word, making it an expletive, heightening it with invective. It sounded more like a projectile than a part of speech. Poor man, I thought, you haven’t read any good memoir, have you?