Category Archives: Memoirists

Where I’ve Been Lately

Hi Readers–if I still have readers–please, tell me I do, I loathe blog posts that begin with how guilty the blogger feels for a great absence from blogging–so I won’t fall into that trap here, but it has been a … Continue reading

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Candace Walsh Dishes on Licking the Spoon

It’s book launch week for my friend and writing ally Candace Walsh as her yummy, page- turning memoir, Licking the Spoon, hits bookstores everywhere. Many of you may know Candace’s work already; the brilliant essay collection Ask Me About My … Continue reading

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The Scoop on the Classes at Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat

“We get the work done on the ground level. And the kindest thing I can do for you is to tell you to get your ass on the floor. I know it’s hard to write, darling. But it’s harder not … Continue reading

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Theo Hosts Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat in the Cascade Mountains

Hi All, Big news! I’m hosting the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat, a memoir writers’ retreat in the Washington’s Cascade Mountains, March 15th-17th.  The keynote speaker for the memoir extravaganza will be Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild (read my post about … Continue reading

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Theo Talks to Mike Medberry, Author of ON THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

Fifteen years ago, Mike Medberry and I studied fiction writing together in the University of Washington’s MFA program.  Not long after that  Mike and another writer from our program, Doug Schnitzspahn, were hiking with a friend in the Craters of … Continue reading

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Drink Interviews Lisa Dale Norton, Author of SHIMMERING IMAGES

Hi Readers, I’m handing in Writing Is My Drink: A Field Guide to Finding Your Own Voice to my editor next week. Yay!  I’ll be excited to be back to posting here more once that deadline has passed. In 2008 … Continue reading

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Interview with Naturi Thomas, author of HOW TO DIE IN PARIS

Can a book about being homeless and suicidal be poignant AND funny?  After reading Naturi Thomas’ memoir, HOW TO DIE IN PARIS, I would have to say the answer is yes.  Within a few pages of the book, the narrator’s … Continue reading

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How Writing Memoir Can Make You Happier

When How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed came out, people would sometimes say to me, “Writing this must have been very therapeutic for you.” And I would, I have to admit, cringe. Why the cringe? I see the … Continue reading

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An Interview with Tim Elhajj, Author of DOPEFIEND

About five years ago, Tim Elhajj was in one of my memoir classes through UW’s Professional and Continuing Education dept. We kept in touch through Facebook after that, and a few years ago I was really excited to read his … Continue reading

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James Frey Took A Fall For Us All

I was two months into my book contract for my first memoir when the Frey controversy broke.  I was riveted to the TV much as I had been on 9.11.2001. I know it’s heresy to compare a memoir scandal to … Continue reading

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