Month: June 2011

50 Things to Know About Memoir

50 Things to Know About Memoir

“Shimmering Images” is a guide on how to write your memoir. Here are 50 things to know about memoir and the book. Memoir is storytelling. Storytelling is art. Memoir is art. There’s a reason memoirs by newsmakers and celebrities top bestseller lists and capture the […]

Teaching Memoir at Yale

Teaching Memoir at Yale

Later this month I’ll be on the faculty of the International Women’s Writing Guild (IWWG) 34th annual summer conference beginning June 24 on the campus of Yale University: http://www.iwwg.org. The Guild’s goal is, “personal and professional empowerment of women through writing,” and it draws women […]

Writing Memoir: The Book

Writing Memoir: The Book

Here’s my summer writing desk at the cabin in the Sandhills.

I’ve had time to turn back to my new book. You know what that’s like—life often gets in the way. I’m writing about love and inheritance and playing with modular and linear structures in this new book.

Are you familiar with modular structure? It’s like a collage where you piece together separate, yet related, chunks of writing that create a meaningful juxtapositions and move the story forward. Very freeing to work with. Modular structure is often non-linear, and that is, of course, how many of us think.