Read Local by Tag: memoir

Sep 24, 2016

Today’s prompt comes from Abigail Thomas’ delightful book, Thinking About Memoir. Those who have read A Three Dog Life will recognize Thomas' familiar charm as she weaves writing prompts through her personal narrative. For example:

May 11, 2016

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.

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Dec 19, 2015

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.

Nov 28, 2015

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:

Jul 29, 2015

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:

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Jul 4, 2015

Are you thinking about writing your life story? Everyone has a unique life story to tell. If you have decided to tell yours, take a moment to consider the following:

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Jan 24, 2015

I lead a creative writing group that is 100% prompt based. So upon discovering Smith’s wonderful little book, The Memoir Project, I remember feeling a little disloyal to my group. For Smith finds writing prompts “insulting”.  She goes on to say,