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Overcoming Overwhelm: Using Theme as a Tool to Focus your Memoir

by Cathy Luna I’m going to tell you a secret. Last summer, when I’d been working on my memoir for about five years, I complained to a writer friend that I was feeling overwhelmed by my project, awash in all the scraps and scenes and stories I had written in workshops and collected in a Scrivener ‘project’ (the digital equivalent …


Why you should embrace the concept of structure instead of dreading it

  By Susanne Dunlap Structure. Even the word sounds unapproachable. It’s full of hard edges and unfriendly, closed “u’s.” But that’s probably not the reason many writers shudder when they think of structure in relation to their work. Google “structure in fiction,” or “structure in memoir,” and you get a gazillion prescriptive articles and essays and even whole books. You’ll …


Getting it Done

by Assistant Director, Emily Lackey The other day, during a text conversation with a writer friend of mine, she said something that made me stop. While talking about finding the time to write and never having enough time to write and listing off all the things that get in the way of our writing (what else do writers talk about, …


Who is Your Ideal Reader?

By Susanne Dunlap Why do we write? There are so many answers to that question. But I am willing to wager that, contrary to what writers often say aloud, many of us are writing because we want our words to be read. I’m sure we’ve all heard fellow writers say things like, “Oh, I don’t like to think about a …