memoir writing

A Virtual Book Party

October 13, 2013

Written by Rhonda Rae Baker What happens when several women get together to celebrate the release of Times They Were A’Changing: Women Remember the ‘60s & ‘70s? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. Linda Joy Myers, President of National Association of Memoir Writers, opened with a moment of ‘60s music, – “Blowing […]

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A Forty-Year Hiatus until I Heard the Reveille Again

July 14, 2013

by Tricia Knoll The Best College Verse of 1970  (Laureate Press)–poem printed on page one:             “A Scene” In the black silken lap of Meurtra La Fois Lies the drooling quiet head of Cornelius, her son, Whose eyes slowly spin in rhythm With the gray curls of his dusty hair. […]

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Poetry: My Ticket to Dance

June 30, 2013

Jasmine Belén, Winner of Second Honorable Mention Poetry, shares her love of poetry in both mystical and technical terms. Blog post written by Jasmine Belén: Recently after I reflected on the multitude of poems I’ve created since childhood, I found this ditty titled “Sowing Seeds,” in my adolescent journal. Diamond stairway in the darkened sky glittering steps […]

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Reflections on “The Trip”

May 12, 2013

by Lucille Lang Day Winner of Prose First Honorable Mention tells of the keys to open our memories and our minds. Many years before documenting my 1971 mescaline experience in my personal essay, “The Trip,” I wrote a short poem with the same title: The Trip I swallowed the Orange Phoenix and rose from the ashes of […]

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The Inner Music by Sara Etgen-Baker

March 31, 2013

Sara Etgen-Baker is the First Place Prose Winner. In this blog post, she shares her unique writing process. I began running 20 years ago and love running because it provides me with freedom, silence, me-time, and balance. I began writing three years ago and love writing because it provides me with discovery, creativity, wisdom, and […]

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A Second in Time: 1965

January 11, 2013

Sometimes in writing a short memoir, selecting just one memorable scene might be enough. Bring it to life with vivid, sensory detail and then relive it yourself. You may then learn what that singular event meant to you, how it changed you. Share both with the reader: scene and meaning. Here is an unforgettable incident […]

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Writing Down the Action

December 30, 2012

By Kate Farrell As the deadline for the Contest and Call for Submissions quickly approaches, January 15, 2013, I took a challenge to write a brand new short “memoirette” of 2500 words that fit our guidelines. As an editor it seemed a fair project, one that would assist me in editing the pieces we select […]

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Weaving the Memories of the 60s & 70s: Social & Personal

December 14, 2012

The Roundtable Discussion on Thursday, December 6, 2012, with National Association of Memoir Writers,“Memoir as Social Legacy” with Linda Joy Myers and Amber Starfire stimulated my memories of the era. Even though I participated as one of the editors and have given much thought to the topic of the personal and social aspects of memoir, […]

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Why We Write about the 60s & 70s

November 25, 2012

by Elise Frances Miller, Author of A Time to Cast Away Stones When I first glanced at the Facebook page for Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the 60s & 70s, a little frisson passed through me. I “tuned in and turned on,” but instead of “dropping out,” I grew excited about dropping in—and participating. […]

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Where Am I? A Process of Self-discovery

August 14, 2012

Young and restless in the early sixties, I evoke a myriad of memories that spin around and around like a carousel, as bewildering now as they were then. San Francisco was the place to be and where I was in 1959, living in the Bay Area, then in that fabled City by 1962. I was […]

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