Author Archives: Theo Nestor

Nutgrafs for Memoirs and Personal Essays

A nutgraf is a journalistic term for the paragraph that houses the editorial heart of the story, that tells why the story matters. A nutgraf at the start of your personal essay, memoir, or book proposal is certain to improve … Continue reading

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Updated Version of Modern Love Post (That Was Sent Out Too Soon)

Hi Loyal Subscribers, The publish button was hit too soon on the Modern Love post sent out earlier this morning. Please find the updated version below. Sorry to clutter your email inbox! Cheers, Theo The Modern Love column with its … Continue reading

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How to Write a Modern Love (That Stands a Chance)

The Modern Love column with its stories of love, loss, and redemption has become a staple of our Sunday reading over the last decade. We share our favorites on social media and keep bits of wisdom from those oh-so-personal essays … Continue reading

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Next Memoir Essentials Webinar Starts Sunday, July 12th

Next Memoir Essentials starts Sunday, July 12, 2015. Register today! “What happened to the writer is not what matters; what matters is the large sense that the writer is able to make of what happened. For that, the power of … Continue reading

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Patricia Carlisle’s 26-Minute Memoir

Hi Readers, In 2009 I started a blog called 26-Minute Memoir and started publishing 26-Minute Memoirs–stories that describe the essence of your life written in 26 minutes–from students, friends, Facebook and blog followers. In my book Writing Is My Drink: … Continue reading

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4 New Year’s Resolutions for Memoirists

Want to finish  your memoir this year? Here are four resolutions to help you create an enduring memoir that transforms your individual experience into a universal one that speaks to a diverse readership. 1. This year I will make myself … Continue reading

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Jan Child’s 26-Minute Memoir

Hi Readers, In 2009 I started a blog called 26-Minute Memoir and started publishing 26-Minute Memoirs–stories that describe the essence of your life written in 26 minutes–from students, friends, Facebook and blog followers. In my book Writing Is My Drink: … Continue reading

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