Blog, Memories and Memoirs

Secrets and Tips: Write a Powerful Memoir

Secrets are energy magnets. The force it takes to keep secrets hidden is energy that could be used for growth and creativity. So often though, the shame and guilt associated with secrets keep feeding the darkness and the fear. Secrets maintain a great power over us, and we are diminished by them. We become co-conspirators to family dynamics that we don’t agree with and want to break away from.

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Capitol City Young Writers Conference—Meeting Leaders in the Writing Community and Getting Inspired

I’m so inspired! A few days ago I spent a lot of time with young people who are interested in writing and their mentors. At the Capitol City Writers Conference in Marin just north of San Francisco, I joined Peter Beagle, Jane Friedman, David Corbett, and Seth Harwood among others. Verna Dreisbach, the founder of Capitol City Writers, has developed her nonprofit organization and this conference to support and inspire young writers

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Looking for the Gold

I’m very excited today–my friend Sue Silverman’s book Fearless Confessions just won Honorable Mention in the ForeWord Review’s Book-of-the-Year Award in the category of Writing. I’m celebrating with her as I think today of the challenges and joys of writing memoir. For me, her book speaks of some of the most important issues that arise […]