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What Every Writer Needs…

by Memoir Mentor on September 26, 2010

If you’re discouraged about distractions that keep you from your writing, you may find some inspiration in Mary McNamara’s article, “A Working Mother’s Guide to Writing a Novel,” that appeared in today’s Los Angeles Times. McNamara is both a television and movie critic. When I see her byline in the paper, I always read what […]


Having the Courage to Write with Emotional Honesty

by Memoir Mentor on September 21, 2010

I just finished reading Mary Karr’s Lit, a memoir I admire as much as The Liars Club, her earlier bestselling memoir. Her latest book chronicles her descent into alcohol addiction and then shows how good friends help her cast aside her life-long atheism to embrace a faith that turns her life around. The book is […]


What I Taught and Learned Last Week

by Memoir Mentor on August 22, 2010

My husband and I had the great opportunity last week to teach four days at a week-long adult education event called Campus Education Week, sponsored by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The university has been hosting this program for years, always the third week in August, and it draws folks from all over the […]