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A Few Memoir Pitfalls

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A talk I gave this last week at the Pima Writers’ Workshop in Tucson: I’m here as a writer—as someone who’s grappled with the genre of memoir for many years (a grappling that never seems to let up, no matter … 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

No More Desert Cities

Thursday, February 23, 2012

As if memoir hasn’t been kicked around enough by the self-appointed literary police out there (those critics/readers/whomever willing to pounce on what they consider the least transgression in the genre), now there’s a play—a play on Broadway no less, and … 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