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  • 5 Reasons a Memoir Conference is Good for Your Writing Life by Linda Joy Myers

    5 Reasons a Memoir Conference is Good for Your Writing Life by Linda Joy Myers

    ‘Tis the season for writing conferences! As you know, we writers tend to be solitary people—we have to be willing to slave at our desks alone for months and years while we write our book. Some writers are so dedicated to their writing they’re cautious about taking the...

  • Conversation on Truth, Exposure, and the Reason We Write Memoir

    Conversation on Truth, Exposure, and the Reason We Write Memoir

    Recently I had the privilege of moderating a panel at the Bay Area Book Festival. The panel was titled “Why Write Memoir: A Conversation about Truth, Exposure, and the Genre People Love to Hate.” The title shows a perfect combination of the issues that memoir writers...

  • Memoir: The Power of Claiming our Stories

    Memoir: The Power of Claiming our Stories

    We all have stories, as humans we are made of stories. I was eight years old the first time I realized this was true for all of us. I was lying on a feather bed beside my great-grandmother Blanche for the first time. She bewitched me with the stories from her life, the 19th...

  • The Power of Memoir: Finding Your Stories

    The Power of Memoir: Finding Your Stories

    Writing a memoir is a powerful act. That is why my book is called The Power of Memoir. The act of remembering, writing, and exploring the deepest reaches of the heart takes courage, and it will change you. Writing a memoir is a way to value yourself and your story, to honor...

  • Finding the Heart of Compassion for Family—Write a Memoir

    Finding the Heart of Compassion for Family—Write a Memoir

          When you are writing a memoir, your childhood comes to life, along with the stories of your family. As the narrator, you shape the story through your own experience, and tell the truth about your life as you experienced it. Most people grow up thinking...

  • Quilting Your Memoir: Your Turning Points and Timeline by Linda Joy Myers

    Quilting Your Memoir: Your Turning Points and Timeline by Linda Joy Myers

    When you write a memoir, you take on the task of exploring your life and being willing to write with truth and honesty. Writing a memoir is a journey that leads us away from known territory into the unknown and unexplored parts of our lives. We need a map to guide us as we...

  • Louise DeSalvo—Memoir and Healing

    Louise DeSalvo—Memoir and Healing

    It’s always exciting to talk with an author you’ve admired for many years.  Louise DeSalvo is the author of five memoirs, a scholarly book about Virginia Woolf, Writing as Way of Healing and several other books that explore the lives and works of literary giants like...

  • Retreat and Reflection to Start the New Year

    Retreat and Reflection to Start the New Year

    Committing ourselves to an ongoing practice of inner listening enhances our creativity. There is so much stimulation in our lives now—TV screens, tablets, phones, loud musak in every store—it's hard to tune out so much noise. The challenge in "everyday" life is to find...

  • Curing the “Shoulds”—Write What You Love

    Curing the “Shoulds”—Write What You Love

    I’m always curious about what the antidote is to those times when we are unable to write, when it seems the words and ideas have dried up, when it’s better to binge-watch “Homeland” or “Outlander” or “The Good Wife.” I recently came upon one of these...

  • What Memoirists Worry About

    What Memoirists Worry About

    Memoirists know that writing a memoir can be fraught with all kinds of doubts and silencing, from "I’m not that great a writer" to "what will the family say?" We worry about how much to put in, whether to frame scenes with dialogue or not, or if we should name the people...