Magical Memoir Moments

Community or Solitude: Are You Called By Either? Both?

Together or alone? Good writing benefits from both community and solitude. Sometimes a deep experience of one leads to a craving for the other.

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Why Go to a Writer’s Conference? Two Slideshows Illustrate Some of the Many Benefits

In April of this year poet Mark Nepo and I co-facilitated a writer’s retreat that brought 16 wonderful writers to the Fetzer Institute where we both work. The experience profoundly affected all of us, and we continue to stay in touch with each other. Soon we will have edited video interviews which I will share here.  In…

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Keith Taylor's Memoir Essay: At Springhill Farm

Keith Taylor directs the Bear River Writers’ Conference and a whole lot of other things, chiefly, the undergraduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan. He’s a giant among the writers of this state and beyond, offering his writerly wisdom and love of nature freely and fully. Keith and I discovered one connection deep enough to…

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100 Top Memoirs: Sue Silverman's List Will Give You Even More!

  I had the great good fortune this weekend to attend the Bear River Writers’ Conference, about which I will say more later. Sue Silverman, author of two bestselling memoirs, led an excellent workshop on memoir.  I purchased and will review her craft book Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir at a later time. In that…

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