How To Write a Memoir During Lockdown
I’ve been enjoying Twitter these last few weeks. I have found so much sense there, and positivity. Not blind positivity, but a cheeriness, kindness, love and a desire to support one another. Of course we curate our own Twitter feeds by choosing the people we follow. And not that this has inoculated me from the…
Living With Schizophrenia – Book Launch
Your Memoir author Jill Delahunty enjoyed a sweet and intimate book launch at the Tankerton Arms yesterday evening. Jill’s very special memoir is called Living With Schizophrenia. It was written, mainly, by Jill’s younger sister Christine who developed the mental illness when she was 15.
The Time Of My Life – Patrick Swayze’s memoir
I found Patrick and Lisa’s
memoir, written when they knew he was dying, published in 2009, and called, of course, The Time Of My Life. Patrick Swayze was so much more than “just” a celebrity, and so much more than “just” Johnny Castle.
The highs and lows of writing a memoir
In September 2019, Jane Bloom from Framlingham, Sussex, self-published her book Nannie, a memoir by Jane Bloom. Jane and I had been working together, editing her work since February 2017. Here, she shares her experience and feelings on the process. “In 1987 I joined a writing group. I have always enjoyed writing and the monthly…
The unexpected gifts of writing a memoir
Those of you that have read my memoir writing guide, will have read passages from Sally Woodmansee’s memoir The Simple Philosophy Of Heaven, a true story of the unbreakable bond between mother and son. The book tells the story of Sally’s son, Tony, from Kent, in the South-East of England. Tony was 20 when, on October…
Remembrance Day 2019
This summer, my father told me about his mother’s brother, Michael Ryan, who served as a rifleman with B Company, 2nd Batallion, Royal Ulster Rifles.
Should I write my memoir as a novel?
An interview with Teri Case, author of the life-inspired, award-winning novel Tiger Drive. I am regularly contacted by potential memoirists who are wondering whether they should write their memoir as a novel. Sometimes they want to tell their story but not have it associated directly with them. Other times they want to write about people…
You Got Me Memoiring!
I held my first Zuihitsu Saijiki Memoir Writing class in Whitstable last week. It was such a lovely evening. I loved meeting all the writers and hearing their different reasons for coming along. There was a very peaceful atmosphere and, as always, unexpected treasure was unearthed.
Zuihitsu – what’s it all about?
So! The snow is behind us, spring is in the air, and with the Spring Equinox on March 20th, the time has come for my new Zuihitsu Saijiki Memoir Writing classes to begin. I’ve allowed for 12 spots in the class, and eight have been taken, so let me know as soon as possible if…
RedDoor Publishing’s Memoir Writing Weekend
I am just home from leading RedDoor Publishing’s memoir writing weekend at the West Rocks hotel in Eastbourne. And, oh my goodness, what an uplifting and inspiring weekend it was! Eleven writers came along, 10 women and one man. Four of them had booked the starter kit, which included a one-to-one session with me. The…