Monthly Archives: March 2011

Another contest: Story Circle Network

I’m a member of–and occasionally teach for–Story Circle Network, a community for women with stories to tell. I just got word that the Susan Wittig Albert LifeWriting Competition is open for 2011. Deadline is June 30 for up to 1200 … Continue reading

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Have Your Life Story Published with Glamour’s Contest

News flash–$5000 goes to the winner of Glamour Magazine’s “My Real-Life Story” essay contest. Essays of 2500 to 3500 words are due by August 15. Find out more here…. A notice about the contest on says, “A panel of … Continue reading

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Book review: A Week at the Airport

By happy coincidence, I had Alain de Botton’s A Week at the Airport on my reading stand at the same time April Manning posted on her blog a fantastic musing on how she loves the airport. I love airports too. My ears … Continue reading

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“Five Stages of Memoir”

Reading the New York Time’s Book Review from Sunday, March 20, I came across this sentence written by Susan Cheever, the opening line of her review of John Darnton’s Almost a Family. “We are all familiar with the five stages … Continue reading

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Maria from the Sewing Room

by Linda Lenzke This narrative poem is a departure from the memoir-based prose you typically publish. I’m discovering that my recent poetry is taking on a a more prose-like narrative style. It was written in response to a prompt from my … Continue reading

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The Mother Trip

By Sarah White The spring I was 10 – 1967 – my mother went to England for two weeks. Before she left she attempted to train me to take over her job as mother. Instead she made me a feminist. At that … Continue reading

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!%#@*! Writing Prompts

Writing prompts. Every memoir teacher uses them, pretty much. But secretly, I hate most of the writing prompts I’ve seen. Before I go into my rant (and dilemma), let me give you some examples. The first of this curious form … Continue reading

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