Read Local by Tag: memoir
Robert Benson always takes the question of “how to write a book” very seriously. For he was once "in the same spot and grateful for any help that might move [him] along. . . Sharing the things [he] knows about how a person goes about telling his story seems only right. Perhaps it is even, as the old prayer book says, a good and joyful thing.” He’s the perfect mentor to help nudge a new writer on her way.
They say there is a grain of truth in every joke. Adair Lara has a fun writing exercise for this time of year in the appendix of her book Naked, Drunk, and Writing: Shed your Inhibitions and Craft A Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay.
Since we know this is a busy time, we'll cut straight to the chase. You get some options this week. The first is a general idea inspired by stories like Truman Capote's A Thanksgiving Visitor (sequel to his well-known A Christmas Memory), the other two are taken from the appendix of Adair Lara's writing manual Naked, Drunk, and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay:
Do you have nonfiction pieces such as essay, memoir, or anything outrageous and innovative totalling less than 8,000 words that you are ready to submit? Arcadia is accepting submissions for their nonfiction contest until August 15, which means you still have time to get feedback. Try one of our ongoing writing groups: