July 2017 archive

TURN BACK THE CLOCK.

We got our first TV when I was seven. The whole family used to sit in front of it, me on the floor close to the screen, the others on the couch and in the armchair. Every show ended with a written announcement, which I read aloud, “The End!”   We were all gobsmacked by […] Read more…

Free memoir writing workshop

I’m holding a free workshop on writing memoir on the closed Facebook group, The Memoir Connection. It’s happening this Sunday. If anyone is interested, please go to my FB page, Sydney Wayland Smith, and PM me for a link to the group. Online workshop: Date: this Sunday, 23 July. Time: 10am to 2pm. Place: the […] Read more…

How to plot a book-length memoir

As with any narrative, I get writers to think about the tension that forms the backbone of the story. This tension just about always describes a conflicted relationship. That might involve the narrator and one person. EG in my memoir, The Lost Woman, the conflicted relationship is between my mother and me. In Kate Richards’ […] Read more…

Resistance and writing memoir

Resistance is part of the writing life. I’m always scared before I dive into a new manuscript, or the redraft of an old one.   For me, resistance before starting a novel and resistance before starting a memoir are different. With a novel, it’s like setting sail on a vast, empty ocean. I have to […] Read more…

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