Tag Archives: life writing

Best flash memoir collections

These are books I would classify as flash memoir collections and great reads: – I Remember by Joe Brainard (1975) – Love, Loss, and What I Wore by Ilene Beckerman (1995) – The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard (1998) – My Life as a List by Linda Rosenkrantz (1999) – Safekeeping: Some True Stories […]

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Fans by Sue William Silverman

If you haven’t checked out Brevity magazine online yet, you need to bookmark it post haste and visit often. My chosen featured story this month is published there, called Fans by Sue William Silverman. The format is graceful and the motif of the fans is exquisitely deft.  The story shows off the characteristic zinger of all […]

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Ars Poetica, Sort Of by Kathleen Lewis

This is a great piece, published in Treehouse literary magazine, about writing … and feeling … and …   Ars Poetica, Sort Of by Kathleen Brewin Lewis Because you think your poetry has become too full of clear skies and morning birdsong, you begin breaking your pills in half. There’s a little line in the […]

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Color of our words

In this piece, Rick Bragg uses the dialogue of the South to draw a beautiful illustration of place and character. I hope you miss half the fun on your first read through because you’re too busy thinking about how you’re going to do this in your next story … The Color of Words by Rick Bragg […] […]

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Make an engaging story

Delve into your story guest post by Lynette Benton As we sit around two rectangular conference tables we’ve pushed together, I eye my memoir-writing students and say, “When you write about your life, make sure it’s a story, not a report. Even your nearest and dearest will recoil from the prospect of reading fifty pages […]

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10 secret themes in lifewriting

In her book Leaving a Trace, Alexandra Johnson poses the theory that our journals contain ten categories of life patterns, which correspond to ways we engage or withdraw in life:  longing, fear, mastery, intentional silences, key influences, hidden lessons, secret gifts, challenges, unfinished business, untapped potential. This idea sent me back to my many journals […]

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Absent Without Leave by Susan Bradley Smith

The featured flash story this month comes from the European Journal of Life Writing and is by Australian author Susan Bradley Smith.  I just ordered Susan’s latest book of lyric poetry, Super Modern Prayer Book, which was shortlisted for several distinguished literary awards. Here’s the first passage of Absent, which begins in the Brisbane airport […]

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Prospective memoir writing

Guest post by with Cheryl Stahle Describe your perfect life; your goals, hopes, and dreams.  When exactly do you plan to invent this perfect life or at least create a timeline for launching the new you, version 2.0?   When you think in this fashion, you use a technique called prospective memoir writing.  Prospective memoir writing […]

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