I was at a conference in Washington D.C. in the late 90s for an exclusive group of winners. We came from 31 school districts and 26 states. Our proposals had been chosen from more than 5,000 from across the country, to be funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Five years of funding, with an […]
Craft of Writing
Never underestimate where memoir writing will take you. Read about one writer’s struggle to find her story.
Writing a memoir is not for the weak-hearted. There is crying involved. And sometimes, a good, stiff martini. Along the way this new book might also help: Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir.
Sometimes setbacks can fuel our writing. The story of one writer and what she learned about empathy when she had a medical scare.
Pick up the pen. Just pick up the damn thing and write. Write about everything. Write about nothing at all (it worked for Seinfeld). Write about what chills you to the bone. About what breaks your heart. About what makes you laugh out loud. About regrets (are they still keeping that interpreter position at the […]
I was that kid. You know, the one who watched and listened and stayed inside her head? I paid attention to things that shouldn’t have been on a 10-year-old’s worry list but were. The sensitive child. I fretted that the Russians would drop the atomic bomb and destroy all life on the planet, including our […]
You may have been writing forever. It’s possible that you can’t even remember when you started. Or, like me (and the main character in that delightful children’s book), you might be a Leo the Late Bloomer. Maybe you were so curious about the world that you had a hard time deciding what you wanted […]
A while back, we had a little fun on the blog talking about the weird things we writers (and would-be writers) do that make our friends, spouses and children wonder about us. In the comments, there were some, “Yeah, I do that, too,” and “Have you been spying on me?” As I thought about […]