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While we’re all getting ready for a Covid Halloween, the impending election, and a possible return to school, the literary world is all ablaze. News this month:

Writing from Your Life

My six-week online memoir class starts in just one week. Take advantage of the pandemic to turn your life stories into pixels. This is […]

Write Your Memoir During Lockdown

Lockdown is the perfect time to work on your memoir or finish that personal essay you started months ago. Writing from your Life is a five-week ONLINE workshop that begins Tuesday, May 5. The class is asynchronous, so you can do the work when it’s convenient for you. Sign up here before it’s too late!

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Author Interview: Frances Stroh

Today I’m thrilled to bring you an interview with Frances Stroh, author of the forthcoming memoir BEER MONEY: A Story of Privilege and Loss, about the downfall of Stroh’s Beer and the Stroh family fortune. Keep an eye out for BEER MONEY in May of next year.

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Four Book Marketing Tips

Last month I posted an interview with SheBooks co-founder Laura Fraser. This month I want to discuss a few things about what I learned by publishing my first book, Runway, and what I plan to do differently next time.

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1. Are you blogging to the wrong audience?

What is […]

Interview with Shebooks co-founder Laura Fraser

Many of you know that my book Runway: Confessions of a not-so supermodel was published by a new company called Shebooks, which publishes high-quality 10,000-word ebooks written by women. While Runway was published in the beta phase of the company, Shebooks has now launched its subscription service, so you can download its first 40 books […]

Should You Get a PhD in Creative Writing?

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At AWP in February, one of the best panels I attended was titled “What’s a PhD in Creative Writing Worth?” The conclusions I drew after hearing each panelist speak were:

A) You should only get a PhD in Creative Writing if you plan to teach and […]

Forget NaNoWriMo—Take the 2013 Writerland Challenge

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Let’s Set Our Own Writing Goals This Month

Yesterday marked the first day of the 15th annual National Novel Writing Month, and I wish all participants the very best success. Today marks the first […]

Common Writing Mistakes to Avoid

First, I want to announce that the winner of the BlogHer ’13 swag and copy of Guy Kawasaki’s ebook APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, is …

ANNE ALLEN!

Congratulations, Anne! Please email me your mailing address so I can send you your swag!

Now I want to talk a little about craft and […]

Translating Trauma into Memoir

Some of you may remember that in July 2003, an 86-year-old man drove his car through the crowded Santa Monica Farmers’ Market outside of LA, killing ten people and injuring dozens more, many of them critically. That story struck a chord with me because I used to shop at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market when […]

Memoir: Finding Your Story

A friend of mine wants to turn her diaries into a memoir but doesn’t know where to begin. I read one of her diaries and marked all the passages that I found interesting—stories about dating, details about finances, notes about current events that took place a decade ago. Those details will be invaluable when adding […]