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Report from the San Miguel de Allende 2018 Writers' Conference

Report from the San Miguel de Allende 2018 Writers' Conference

ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH, I traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico as a presenter for the 13th annual writers’ conference. If you love writers’ conferences and you’ve never been to San Miguel de Allende, you’ll want to add this to your calendar next year. The San Miguel’s Writers’ Conference draws writers from as far away as Eastern Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as keynote speakers from Latin America, the U.S., and Canada. Attending a conference is a great way to be introduced to new authors. This year, keynote speakers included Sandra Cisneros (author of House on Mango Street),[...]
Your Best Writing Year Yet! - The Discipline of Stopping

Your Best Writing Year Yet! - The Discipline of Stopping

DO YOU HAVE TROUBLE GETTING STARTED? Do you schedule writing on your calendar, but when it’s time to write suddenly discover you have too many other commitments or priorities? Or maybe you think you should sit down to write because you promised yourself you would, and you think about it — a lot — but you just don’t? If one of your goals this year was to write on a regular basis, or write a specific number of words each day, your challenge has been to insert that writing time into an already full schedule. No doubt, this has been a[...]
Journaling Through Relationships — Stepparents

Journaling Through Relationships — Stepparents

"Modern families are complicated things. Siblings, half siblings, stepparents, stepcousins, what have you. You can't pick who you're born to, that's for sure."  ― Cherie Priest DID YOU GROW UP WITH ONE OR MORE STEPPARENTS? According to the *Pew Research Foundation, as of 2011 more than four in ten American adults had at least one step relative in their family. And you can be pretty sure the number has increased since then. In 2016, 8 percent of children living in two-parent families lived with a stepparent — most often with their biological mother and a stepfather. Some other statistics to consider: Three out[...]
Writing Memoir: The Perils of Research

Writing Memoir: The Perils of Research

YOU ARE WRITING YOUR MEMOIR. Memories are the basis of memoir, and we all know how fallible memories are. Naturally, you want your memoir to be as truthful as possible, so you set out to research the truth. You choose your methods: Interviewing family members and friends. Going to the library and reading newspaper archives from the period about which you are writing. Reading old journals and letters (yours and family members’) to verify dates and events. Googling world events. Traveling to your old hometown to visit old haunts and refresh your memories. Read books of history and psychology about the issues or themes raised by your[...]
Journaling Through Relationships — Father

Journaling Through Relationships — Father

“I should no longer define myself as the son of a father who couldn’t or hasn’t or wouldn’t or wasn’t.”  ― Cameron Conaway --------------- JUST AS MOTHERS have been stereotyped and idealized so have fathers. Movies and TV programs have always displayed some core ideas of what we think fathers are all about, as well as how the role of father has shifted over time. I grew up with TV shows like Father Knows Best and Leave It to Beaver, in which fathers worked all day while mothers cleaned the house and took care of the kids. When these fathers arrived home, they expected[...]
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