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  • The Fathers We Adopt | The Music Man

    The Fathers We Adopt | The Music Man

      It’s an old story really, the girl who’s missing a father. Either he’s dead, or drunk, or doesn’t care. Or perhaps the parents are divorced and he’s gone or banished. Perhaps he’s an angry man, or neglectful. Hopefully he’s...

  • The Music Man

    The Music Man

    The day in 4th grade begins as usual: the pledge of allegiance, the Lord’s Prayer, a round of spelling. Melodious music wafts into the room. Then a tall, willowy man enters, bright red hair tumbling over his forehead, a violin tucked under his chin. He dips and sways, his...

  • Writing a Memoir: Balancing Craft and Vulnerability on Your Journey to “The End”

    Writing a Memoir: Balancing Craft and Vulnerability on Your Journey to “The End”

      I’ve often said jokingly to my students, “Writing a memoir is like taking your clothes off in public.” True, but it doesn’t go far enough. It’s like taking your clothes off and reading your journal in public. You’re vulnerable when...

  • Courage to Tell the Untold Stories of Mothers and Daughters

    Courage to Tell the Untold Stories of Mothers and Daughters

      A few years ago, actually it was quite a long time ago come to think of it, as I watched the movie about Ghandi, I realized the root of the word “courage” was “coeur,” which means heart in French. I saw the movie on the airplane on the way to...

  • Joy Castro Interview–on Writing Truth & Managing Family in Memoir

    Joy Castro Interview–on Writing Truth & Managing Family in Memoir

    Joy Castro Interview--on Writing Truth & Managing Family in Memoir--Interview with Linda Joy Myers and Joy Castro about writing truth in memoir--and dealing with the consequences with family and friends. Part of National Association of Memoir Writers series on memoir...

  • The Writing Olympics

    The Writing Olympics

    I felt an aha as I watched skaters lift and soar and skiers fly. As writers we create an alternate world beyond our day to day existence, imaginative spaces where something called Story lives and breathes and takes us away from gravity into another realm. Where magic...

  • The voice of Innocence is your younger self, whether it's you as a child, or you as a teen or young adult. Often you are dropping into scenes from that past as you present the POV of yourself from that earlier age. Your tone, voice, language and vocabulary will be different...

  • 13 Tips to Bring Your Memories Alive in Your Memoir

    13 Tips to Bring Your Memories Alive in Your Memoir

    If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. Toni Morrison   You want to share your life with your readers—the smell of your grandmother’s garden in the spring, how you and your sister struggled...

  • Thanks-giving

    Thanks-giving

    Thanks-giving is something we need to offer ourselves every day, and offer others as well. The exchange "thank you" can be immensely powerful, a giving circle that returns and creates ever-evolving circles beyond ourselves...

  • Five Secrets to Writing an Enduring Memoir | Theo Pauline Nestor–Guest at National Association of Memoir Writers

    Five Secrets to Writing an Enduring Memoir | Theo Pauline Nestor–Guest at National Association of Memoir Writers

    Join Linda Joy Myers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and Theo Pauline Nestor as they discuss the 5 Secrets to Writing an Enduring Memoir. There is a discount for the special event starring Anne Lamott in January...