Category Archives: Memoirists

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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Theo’s Summer Reading Recommendations

Interested in learning more about personal narrative and memoir? Here are some books you might want to read: Barrington, Judith. Writing the Memoir.Eighth Mountain Press, 2002. Goldberg, Natalie. Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir. Free Press, … Continue reading

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