Writing Memoir in our #MeToo Moment

Writing Memoir in our #MeToo Moment

As a memoirist, I’ve had to think long and hard about some of the #MeToo issues that are now buzzing around the public sphere. When you write memoir, you generally don’t get too far before you run up against thorny questions of how much to reveal about your past, especially when telling your story means […]

Changing the World, One Story at a Time

Changing the World, One Story at a Time

I recently joined my oldest friend, Audrey Kalman, at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California to lead a writing workshop called “Birthing Your Truest Stories.” The theme seemed right to us because it integrates Audrey’s work as a birth doula and writer with my work as a memoirist as well as teacher and scholar of […]

WRITING LIFE: Pay Attention to your Dreams

WRITING LIFE: Pay Attention to your Dreams

There are all these romantic myths about great artists painting or writing frenziedly in the middle of the night, but the truth is that dreams hold the key to our most creative energy, and the only way to tap that creative elixir is to sleep. In our goal-oriented, efficiency-minded, hyper-productive culture, it can be difficult […]

Writing Life: Four Secrets of Productive Writers

Writing Life: Four Secrets of Productive Writers

Last weekend I led a writing workshop way up high on the summit of Mount Greylock, the highest mountain in Massachusetts at just under 4,000 feet. Thirteen women made the trek up the winding narrow road to the broad windy peak, with its rustic wood and stone Lodge and its lighthouse monument recently made famous […]

Writing Life

Writing Life

Mine has always been a writing life. As soon as I learned how to write, I had a notebook in which I began recording the events of my days, and writing the stories and poems that came insistently into my imagination. I was a dedicated journal-keeper, especially in my first thirty years when it seemed […]