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Tricks memory plays…

My memoir writing workshop spring season continues…  and so does my learning and growing, because I get as much from my students as they (I hope) get from me. In class we’ve been discussing the tricks memory plays on us. … Continue reading

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Archie Smith

By Doug Elwell This piece was written in response to the prompt “characters I have known.” Doug describes it as creative nonfiction: “Each of the characters are real. The setting is real. Dialogue is in the voice of the characters … Continue reading

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Early Memories

A writer in one of my memoir classes a couple of years ago posed an interesting writing prompt from her  training as a psychologist: “Recover three of your earliest memories with a feeling attached—then ask your immediate family to do … Continue reading

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Why should you write your family history?

  A recent article posted by the New York Public Library got me thinking about the many reasons writing our stories is important. I introduced this question at a memoir writing workshop last spring, and my writers’ answers surprised me. They fell … Continue reading

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A note to myself resurfaces…

Have you ever found a note in your own handwriting that you have ABSOLUTELY no memory of writing? Well that’s what you’re looking at. I don’t know when or where I wrote this down, and I can only guess from … Continue reading

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“Writing Through Grief” with Jessica Handler

One of the workshops at the APH Conference (#aph2014) was presented by Jessica Handler, to whom I was introduced by mutual friend Audrey Galex earlier this year. I suggested Jessica submit a workshop proposal based on her teaching and book,  Braving the Fire. She … Continue reading

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Go small…

In a writing workshop at Pinney Library this summer, we spent one evening talking about “going small.” I set my writers an in-class challenge: seven minutes to write about something, starting with an object as the focal point. “Give us the … Continue reading

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