Fittingly enough, I met Barbara Melosh at a writing week hosted by Collegeville Institute (MN) back in 2012. She joined a writing group that I had begun in 2006, and made the commitment to drive all the way from Wilmington, DE to northern VA to attend every other week. I mention that because I run … [Read more...] about A Memoir for Anyone Who Has Loved and/or Left a Church
I'm participating in a panel on Thursday, April 12 (3:15 p.m.) in the Calvin College Chapel. If you're attending FFW, I hope to meet you there! Whose Story Is It Anyway? When Ministers Write Memoirs Susan Baller-Shepard, Ruth Everhart, Mary S. Hulst, Barbara Melosh, Carol Howard … [Read more...] about “Whose Story Is It Anyway?” When Ministers Write Memoirs
As many of you may already know, my 90 year old father passed away on Father's Day. He was elderly, but relatively healthy. His final illness spanned only 10 days. This summer has been a precious time -- time outside of time -- as I stay with my mother and we all get used to living without … [Read more...] about Why Write a Memoir?
I feel like I'm seeing stars! Kirkus gave my memoir a starred review and I'm thrilled. The review gives a synopsis of the book, calling it a "perfectly balanced volume" and a "consistently riveting book." It ends with these kind words: "Forthright, compassionate, and expertly crafted—everything … [Read more...] about Kirkus Review — Starred!
Are you writing a memoir? Last weekend I attended an event for writers at the "First Fridays" in Leesburg, VA, sponsored by the Bethesda Writer's Center. The speaker was Hilary Black, who works for National Geographic. She talked about writing narrative nonfiction. Here are a few nuggets from … [Read more...] about Three Tips for Writing Memoir