From the category archives:

Motivation

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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How to Make Your Story “Work”

by Memoir Mentor on August 4, 2010

I’ve taught memoir writing for the last 14 years and have read hundreds of student stories. With all that experience, I’ve learned to distinguish when a story “works”… and when it doesn’t. I’ve also been schooled by my students’ opinions. You see, most of my students read their stories in class so they can be critiqued [...]

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