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Women's Writing Circle · 1d ago

A Nursing Home Visit, A Woman Alone: A Memoir Moment

A coloring book and colored pencils. Fogged window panes obscuring views of orange streaking the maple trees. No outside world, just the one here ... inside. A hot dog cut into bite-sized pi...
Women's Writing Circle · 1W ago

Is My Life Too Boring To Write? ... and Other Questions

She felt memoir was a bit “restrictive.” She didn’t want to be confined to reality, she said, at least not in her writing, because throughout much of her childhood, she struggled with boredo...
Women's Writing Circle · 2W ago

Trepidation, Dread and the Discovery Of Writing

As I listen to writers in a memoir workshop I’m leading about writing difficult subjects, I think how we share this in common. We’re on a journey of self-exploration … survivors who seek tra...
Women's Writing Circle · 3W ago

Diving Deep Into Memoir―Writing the Difficult Subjects

How different my life would be if I’d been into that guy from Lancaster County. He really liked me, he wanted a wife, he gave me a tour of his house, including his collection of electric gui...
Women's Writing Circle · 4W ago

The Role of Forgiveness in Writing Our Stories

Writers know that forgiveness is a theme that comes part and  parcel with the blank page. I will tell you my story if I can just accept that this whole messy topic of forgiveness can be a pa...
Women's Writing Circle · 1M ago

Write What You Know―A Memoir Moment of Being

Write what you know. That’s what I always tell new writers. How you weave that knowledge into a story is, of course, up to you. Whether written in first, second or third person … fiction, fa...
Women's Writing Circle · 1M ago

Literary Fiction, Elizabeth Strout and the Ordinary Life

If you’re like I am, you enjoy a literary talent plumbing the depths of the psychological terrain. Elizabeth Strout has entered that pantheon and been a commercial success. Her novel Olive K...
Women's Writing Circle · 1M ago

Writing: Search and Rescue Along a Collective Journey

Yesterday I spoke to someone who had read our anthology The Life Unexpected. The book is a compilation of fiction and memoir by sixteen women. She felt taken aback, she said. “I didn’t reali...
Women's Writing Circle · 1M ago

Great Solar Eclipse: A Humble Writer's Musings

So. The Great American Solar Eclipse is history. For one brief shining moment―or two minutes―people came together in the glare, or rather, the darkness of a celestial phenomenon, at least, i...
Women's Writing Circle · 2M ago

Lessons In Writing Short Story and Flash Fiction

We live in a world where attention span is like an endangered species. Bombarded by a 24/7 chaotic news cycle, many of us, assuming we find a moment to read, are ill-equipped to concentrate ...