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Issues we might discuss in workshop, tales from the classroom…

More on revising your work: Jean Krieg and Sarah White talk writing craft

A few weeks ago I posted a dialogue with Doug Elwell about his approach to revising his writing. Jean Krieg posted a comment that led to this continuation of that conversation. Sarah: Hi Jean, nice to hear from you! In your comment … Continue reading

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Revising Your Work: Doug Elwell and Sarah White talk writing craft

Let’s talk about revision. In fact, let me invite you into a dialogue I had recently with Doug Elwell, a frequent contributor to True Stories Well Told. But first… It’s a fact of the writing life that you will likely … Continue reading

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Got “snapshot” memories? Try writing Flash Memoir.

Memories are frequently more like snapshots than movies. So why not apply the techniques of flash fiction to our own life stories? “Going small” allows us to focus on the moments in which life is truly lived, absorbing lessons that would be hard to … Continue reading

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The Pinto

In this season of giving thanks, I offer this short essay I wrote nearly a decade ago about a gift that kept on giving. I often use this as a teaching story in my workshops, asking “with whom do you … Continue reading

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Brief but Wonderful

In a time-starved world, it feels wonderful when we have the opportunity to really slow down and delve into something, whether it’s spending an afternoon reading for pleasure, or wandering the halls of an art museum, or lingering over a … Continue reading

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“First Monday, First Person” turns 4!

In Madison? Join us on October 2nd for the fourth anniversary of our memoir salon, “First Monday, First Person”!    We meet at 6pm at the Goodman South Madison Library Branch, 2222 So. Park Street. We enjoy light refreshments and … Continue reading

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How to Give Feedback

“The piece I read to the writing group didn’t receive the response I expected.” “I gave my memoir to my children and I didn’t hear anything back from them. Not a word.” I hear these kinds of comments more often … Continue reading

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