Monthly Archives: April 2012

“Celebration of Writing” at Goodman South Madison Library May 5th

I’ll be master of ceremonies at next Saturday’s “Celebration of Writing” at the Goodman South Madison Library. I hope if you’re in town you’ll stop by and enjoy the fellowship of fellow writers. The fun begins at 1:00pm with your choice … Continue reading

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“No one can be damaged by someone telling his own life story”

Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea and focus of criticism over truth in memoir (about which I blogged previously),  is back in the news–and the courtroom. Four people who bought Mortenson’s books have brought a lawsuit against Mortenson, co-author … Continue reading

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Italy’s Festa della Liberazione, an occasion for action

Today is April 25, the Festival of Liberation in Italy, celebrating the end of World War II. Four years ago I was celebrating in Cinque Terre. Today, my heart is breaking for the friends I made there and the devastation … Continue reading

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A Paean to My Oaxacan Queen

Some readers of “True Stories Well Told” may remember April Gutierrez Manning–she participated in a few of the writing classes at the South Madison Library, early on. She blogged about her Mexican Adventure, moving with her husband and baby to … Continue reading

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A Train Ride to the Past

By Sheila Spear The train wasn’t like the ones I remembered.  Those thundering giants commanded respect, their brasses gleaming, wheels churning, steam venting on all sides, clouds of smoke streaming from the chimney, and the whistle giving off its curdling … Continue reading

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“Autobiography is like chocolate for the brain.”

I’ve just finished reading Dr. Gene Cohen’s The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain. Talk about sweet food for thought! In Dr. Cohen’s book, published in 2005, he teaches us much about the rich possibilities for the life of … Continue reading

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Upcoming Workshops Late Spring 2012

“Remember to Write” starts 4/19 in South Madison In this workshop we’ll spend six evenings discussing how to structure your stories, how to organize your project, and how to deal ethically with writing about living people. Participants read their work, … Continue reading

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