Monthly Archives: May 2012

Wisconsin Writers’ Association Jade Ring Contest: Entries Due June 15, 2012

Writing is such a private, personal act, it can often feel thankless. And without thanks, wither motivation? Recognition is motivating. It provides confirmation from a community that what you’ve produced is technically and aesthetically good, that what you worked so … Continue reading

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Restoring Family Nature

Appearing today on the APH blog is an essay I developed recently for a class. My intent was to produce an example of the “complication, three developments, resolution” outline structure applied to the opinion-essay format (as opposed to an anecdotal … Continue reading

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Why memoir writers need to read fiction

For the longest time–decades–I’ve been reading nonfiction. Autobiographies and memoirs, biographies and oral histories, you can imagine. It wasn’t just my obsessive interest in the craft of writing about life–it was some kind of Yankee holdover from my ancestors, some … Continue reading

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Upcoming Workshops Summer 2012

“Put a Little Life in Your Obituary” How will you be remembered? Don’t let others have the last word! Every life story deserves a polished telling, but that seldom happens in the stressful time following a death. With a little … Continue reading

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A thought for Mothers’ Day…

Mothers’ Day has never been an easy occasion for me. My family wasn’t big on celebrating the “Hallmark Holidays.” I remember one time when I was about 12 my friend Janet took me with her when she went shopping for … Continue reading

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The Transplanting

May 1, 2012 Yesterday morning I spent an hour and change on a conference call. As I sat, my eyes took in activity on the small dead-end street that tees off from the busy main street outside the window of … Continue reading

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