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Monday, September 29, 2014

What? A Blog Post? My friend, the wonderful novelist Cai Emmons, recently asked me to participate in the Northwest Writers Blog Tour. I said I would love to, even though it meant cracking through the thick ice of guilt that’s … Continue reading

December Memoir Workshop

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Weekend Memoir Intensive on the McKenzie River Facilitated by Debra Gwartney December 8 and 9, 2012  We’ve recently finished a cozy cottage in the woods, a perfect setting for a small group of writers to come together for two full days … Continue reading

A Few Memoir Pitfalls, and some thoughts on how to avoid them

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  Following is a talk I gave in Sozopol, Bulgaria, on the edge of the Black Sea in May 2012. A gloriously wonderful time with gloriously wonderful people! Thanks to the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation for the opportunity to join in … Continue reading


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

At the wonderful Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference this past week, I promised several participants a list of the book titles I mentioned. I’m trying to remember most of the titles I tossed out as part of the discussion on memoir … Continue reading

On Beginning a Memoir

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The text of my presentation for a recent AWP panel called “The Rooted Narrator,” with co-panelists Jill Christman, Bonnie Rough, Sonya Huber, and Dan Raeburn. Memoir’s Prologue When I decided many years ago now to sit down and write a … Continue reading

You Must Revise Your Life

Sunday, January 1, 2012

January 1, 2012 On this first day of the new year, I am working on a class I’ll lead at the Pacific University MFA in Writing Residency in Seaside, Oregon, (excited to get there–to see in person the wonderful writers … Continue reading

Emulating Hazel

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

When I came across this photo of my great-grandmother Hazel Maud Long Gwartney some weeks ago–a photo that features her astonishingly thick, abundant hair–I thought I would try to recreate the photo with my own daughters who each have a … Continue reading