Category Archives: Memoirists

Book Giveaway!

I’m hosting a giveaway of California Calling: A Self-Interrogation this week to celebrate my friend Natalie Singer’s birthday. Yay! To enter for a chance to win, click on the link here and follow Natalie’s Amazon author page. The giveaway will … Continue reading

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Hello? It’s CALIFORNIA CALLING!

This week I had the pleasure to interview my dear friend and new author, Natalie Singer, on the publication of her new memoir, California Calling, a gorgeous coming-of-age story that takes a hard look at what it means to grow up … Continue reading

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Fans Of New York Times’s “Modern Love” Column Will Fall Head-Over-Heels For These 16 Books

Since October of 2004 readers have been flocking to the New York Times — not for the latest breaking scoop or political analysis (which the daily has been printing since all the way back in September of 1851) but for … Continue reading

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How to Write a Memoir Book Proposal (That Stands a Chance)

Learn how to write a memoir book proposal. 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 wide readership. 1. This year I will make myself … Continue reading

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How to Keep on Writing that Freaking Book!

Question: When is 9 months “a year”? Answer: When the 9 months is spent in a manuscript class. I teach a memoir manuscript class here in Seattle at Hugo House. The class runs 9 months from September to June, and … Continue reading

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What I Learned About Life and Writing Onstage with Cheryl Strayed

A few weeks ago I did an onstage conversation with Cheryl Strayed here in Seattle about her new book, Brave Enough, a collection of quotes that yield up her trademark no-nonsense wisdom. The entire experience was a Dear Sugar Boot … 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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Join Me at Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive!

Hi Readers, When I was writing the book Writing Is My Drink, I kept three books stacked together on my desk: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, The Right to Write by Julia Cameron and Writing Down the Bones by … Continue reading

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Goodbye to All That: My Class of 2012/13 Moves On

Every June another group of my memoir students takes to the podium for our end-of-year reading.  It always amazes me how much progress they’ve made in their time in the Memoir certificate program through the UW’s Professional & Continuing Education … Continue reading

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