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Hi All, Most of the memoir students I coach privately and who are in my class at the University of Washington are over 40, and for that reason I was intrigued when one of the alum from my MFA program, … Continue reading

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Phew, I Just Flew in from the 80s.

It was a sort of perfect storm of circumstances that led to my time travel back to the 1980s.  It’s hard to tease one event out as the key, but let’s say it started with a surprise email from an … Continue reading

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I Freaking Love You, Margaret Cho!

Boxing Day morning at my house: My mom, leaning into cane, sighing: “Dear, there’s a word I don’t want you to use in your writing.” Me, lying on rug by fire trying to stretch out holiday-induced backache: “Is it fuck?” … Continue reading

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Writing About the Dead

One of the trickiest parts of writing memoir is, of course, writing about other people.  It’s one thing to tell your own story; it’s another to drag others into it. But, as anyone who’s written memoir knows, it’s impossible to … 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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Doing the Math: I Could Be Further Along…

Math was never my subject.  There was even a summer school episode between Grade 10 and 11, which I really don’t want to talk about right now.  So I’ve been keeping this hand-scrawled running tally of how many words I’ve … Continue reading

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Now Is a Good Time to Be Creative and other Santa Fe wisdom

Book writing and blogging really don’t mix. I’ll just say that. One’s a marathon and the other’s a sprint, and I’ve been working on the marathon this week, hanging out with my writer friends Candace Walsh and Laura Andre, editors of Dear … Continue reading

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One part writing, six parts living

It’s actually going to be nice here in the Northwest this weekend, and I plan to be deeply out in it. We’ve had this summer that just refuses to start, and this weekend temps are scheduled to soar to the … Continue reading

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Theo’s Tribe of Ten

One of the topics I’m writing about in the book Writing Is My Drink is the importance of identifying your own aesthetic tribe, a small cluster of writers/artists whose voices inspire you, who’ve somehow given you permission to write and … Continue reading

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The Triptych: How I Finally Learned to Finish a Piece (and how you might too)

As I’ve written before, my twenties were filled with the vague sense of wanting to be a writer, a sort of hunch that I really was a writer, and notebooks full of false starts.  It was a very odd station … Continue reading

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