Monthly Archives: January 2010

Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Potential Source for Memoir Writers

My friend Lanie Tankard discovered today that one of the stories she had published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series has now been digitized by Google.  I recommend that you open this link and read “Rite of Passage,” … Continue reading

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Memoir Contest: Seven Hours Left!

Sorry that I just learned about this contest today. But if you have a memoir manuscript ready to go, it won’t matter.  All you have to do is follow the guidelines at this Guide to Literary Agents website. Good luck!

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Huston Smith's Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine–A Review

If you want to spring out of bed tomorrow morning, saying, “Good!” I suggest you read this book the night before. And if you want a role model for how to age with zest and enthusiasm, even to the extent … Continue reading

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Man on Wire: Enough Inspiration for Film, Memoir, Novel

Philippe Petit has blown me away. And so has this film about his life, focused on the day in August,1974, when he walked on a cable stretched between the South Tower and North Tower of the World Trade Center. I … Continue reading

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Listmania!–Jerry Waxler's 70 Memoirs List with Annotation

If you are looking for the 100 best memoirs,  you are coming to the right place. We are making progress building not only one list but many! Several of the posts in this blog include lists, and here is another … Continue reading

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Announcing the Winner(s) of the Six-Word Memoir Contest

The six-word memoir contest ended at 5 p.m. today. There were 28 entries, three of which were posted on Facebook  and added into the comments section of the original post by me. Click here if you want to see all … Continue reading

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Six-Word Memoir Contest

Have you tried to tell your life story in just six words?  Smith magazine discovered a gold mine with this concept a few years ago and now has published several popular books listing these short narratives. The whole concept derives from a … Continue reading

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Want to Create Your Own Memoir Course? Here's a Syllabus to Get You Started

Melanie Springer Mock wrote a very insightful comment on my review of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress. I learned that she teaches memoir writing at George Fox University, which led me to request a copy of her syllabus. She … Continue reading

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Top Ten Memoir List from Mary Karr

As you know, the goal of this blog is self-education in public.  I am trying to learn about memoir by reading and reviewing great examples of the genre, books about the genre, and offering some mini-memoir on the way. When … Continue reading

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Mary Karr's Lit: A Monumental Achievement

The key to writing a great memoir is seducing the reader to fall in love with you. After reading first The Liars’ Club and now Lit, I am totally smitten. I have Karr’s second memoir Cherry on my shelf and … Continue reading

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