As the winner of the Grub Street National Book Prize, I delivered a lecture at the “Muse & the Marketplace” Conference in Boston, March 4, 2013. I discussed the increasing importance of memoir in our culture today, three types of memoirs, and ten aspects of craft that contribute to a successful memoir. Poems, quotations from great memoirs, and what memoirists have to say about their craft.
Writing depends on taking notice, keeping our eyesight as keen as can be. How do we keep our eyes in working order? How do we see–and keep on seeing?
“I arise in the morning,” E.B. White wrote, “torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” Explore the intersection between writing and activism — and find out why these guys are teetering down the street in high heels.
[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: A Writer Walks into a Conference
Even for a seasoned author, a writers’ conference can be daunting. Top ways to get the most out of it.
Having a writing mother, being a writing mother – for me, each has been a precious privilege.
[TIPS OF THE TRADE]: The Best Writers’ Group
How to find, or start, a writers’ group – and what makes it work.
Where should I speak? How do I approach speaking venues? What makes a great talk?
Never thank a cat…and other idiosyncratic advice.
Are you a writer who wishes youcould just write–nothing else–and everything else would just fall into place?
I used to favor an aggressive interview style; then I changed my mind.
Unless you’re famous, even a bookstore (in fact, especially a bookstore) is just an empty room – and it’s your job to fill it.
When Sara Mansfield Taber and I learned that we’d both been assigned the same publication date for our new books, we decided to get together and help each other out with book promotion. Here’s what we do.
Are you writing a novel about “the world as it is with an eye for how it could be”? If so, Barbara Kingsolver may have a prize for you.
When my publisher wangled me an autographing session at BookExpo America, the publishing industry trade fair, I had two goals…
Ten ways to keep readers engaged with the story that engages you.
“Although memoirs and works of fiction are two different animals, we memoir writers need to make use of fiction techniques, including these three…”
“Up close and personal – and universal: What I adore about my favorite memoirs is the balance of the personal and the universal – an individual life rubbing up against the sweep of history…”