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The Magic of Mood: Molly Shelton Shows Us How

by Memoir Mentor on December 9, 2011

Thinking about incidents from my past I may write about brings up emotions associated with those experiences. When I write a story about an event in my life, it’s as important that I communicate how the incident made me feel as it is that I describe what happened. One way to accomplish this is to […]

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What Happens in Writing Class Transcends Writing Class

by Memoir Mentor on November 16, 2011

All memoir writing teachers soon discover they’re teaching far more than a writing class. While writing a personal history may be the project that initially draws people to the class, something far more important and meaningful keeps them coming back, again and again. One of my students approached me yesterday and said, “When I leave […]

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I love when my students enfuse their stories with the atmosphere and attitudes of the place and era in which they occurred. Set in their historical context, stories become more complex and meaningful, and generally more emotionally powerful for the reader. My students were moved by the story that follows, written by Hal Prange, a […]

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