To update this site, Tools and Tactics for Writers, by offering information and services more specifically targeted to writers of Memoir, Family History, and shorter personal sketches about the writers' lives, I need to know what site visitors and subscribers want and need for their writing. So I'm … [Read more...] about Memoir, Life Writers, and Family History Writers: Help Me to Help You
A version of this essay originally appeared as my guest post on DeliberateInk, the blog of writer Shikarah Dawud. Remembering the past so that we can record it might not be the greatest challenge we memoirists face. In a memoir, precision isn’t everything. If we’re unsure of a date, we can dip … [Read more...] about A Memoir is More Than Just Facts
Add Intensity to Your Life Writing I urge my creative writing students not to bother putting on paper all the joys and none of the pain of their lives. That approach is boring, un-instructive, and anyway, I won’t believe it. Nobody’s existence is unblemished. I’m not suggesting you write … [Read more...] about How to Write What Matters
It’s true that my own essay, “No More Secrets and Silence,” appears in the recently released The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey anthology, and that this essay won first prize in the Magic of Memoir contest. But if you write memoir or family history, I’d be urging you to get … [Read more...] about Another Must-Have Memoir Writing Aid
Know you should start or finish your memoir, stories from your life, or family history, but can't seem to get up enough steam for the task? Ease over to Bookcoaching.com to see the tips I offer in my guest post. They can get you going. - Lynette … [Read more...] about Write That Memoir, Life Story, or Family History. Now.
As a memoir writer, as well as a memoir coach myself, I’ve followed Brooke Warner’s work on behalf of memoir and memoir writers for years. It’s a pleasure to welcome her here so you can learn more about her varied work, including publishing. - Lynette You’re a writing instructor, coach, and … [Read more...] about Talking Memoir with Writing Instructor, Coach, and Publisher Brooke Warner, Part 1
In Part 2 of her interview (below), Brooke Warner discusses She Writes Press's approach to publishing and offers advice to those starting or continuing work on their manuscripts. - Lynette Why do you think She Writes Press is thriving? Does it publish a variety of genres? How does it differ from … [Read more...] about Talking Memoir with Writing Instructor, Coach, and Publisher Brooke Warner, Part 2
As I’ve written in other posts here, I teach boomers and seniors (and others) to write stories from their lives. Our classes are moving, funny, exciting, suspenseful, and a whole lot of fun—and that describes the stories the students write. When people tell me they have a pressing urge to write … [Read more...] about Examples of Boomers and Seniors Writing About Their Lives
Sure, I'm grinning all over myself. My essay, "No More Secrets and Silence," was awarded 1st place in the Magic of Memoir Essay Contest, chosen from 185 submissions. My prize is $400, which has already arrived. And the essay will also be included in the forthcoming Magic of Memoir Anthology. … [Read more...] about I’m 1st Place Winner of the Magic of Memoir Essay Contest!