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My New Monthly Column

My New Monthly Column

I've just started a monthly "Craft Club" column for the Catapult community page in which I'm interviewing a diverse set of a contemporary writers about the craft choices they made while working on a single short story, essay, or poem. Each of the pieces we...

Growing Your Memoir: Free Online Workshop

Growing Your Memoir: Free Online Workshop

Please join me on Sunday, October 27th from 2-3:30 pm central time for a free 90-minute workshop on writing memoir. I’ll share some of the tips that helped me get my first draft onto paper, as well as suggestions for refining your draft and finding the heart of your...

Research as Creative Process

Research as Creative Process

I'm excited to be speaking at Rice University at 4 pm on Friday, November 8. I'll be talking about the two months I spent with Pentecostal communities in Southern Nigeria, and how, for me, research is often a portal for going deeper in personal narratives. The event...

Scenes: The Building Blocks of Memoir

Scenes: The Building Blocks of Memoir

Know anyone in Yoakum, TX? If so, please send them my way. I'll be there on Saturday morning, October 5th, giving a free presentation on how to write vivid scenes. This is sponsored by the Texas Writes program - a great initiative through the Writers' League of Texas...