Monthly Archives: April 2015

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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Who doesn’t love a good reading list?

Submissions to “True Stories Well Told” have slowed recently (hint, hint) so perhaps its time for some inspiration. Who doesn’t love a good reading list?  Here’s my suggested reading for memoirists.   Good books on writing memoirs: Your Life As Story: … Continue reading

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Creative Nonfiction contest: Weather!

A while back I used to camp. A lot. And it rained. A lot. Finally that experience is worth something: I can enter Creative Nonfiction’s writing contest on the topic of Weather! Fifteen rainy outings in a row–that’s three years’ … Continue reading

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Reminiscence declared obsolete!

Dateline Madison, Wisconsin: The genre of reminiscence is obsolete, announced an administrator from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Continuing Studies, who declined to be identified because she had not been authorized to speak to the press. “We have enough stories … Continue reading

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