Two Tips for Incorporating Reportage and Cultural Criticism into the Personal Essay and Memoir
When writing real-life events, including interviews and first-hand accounts can enhance the writing. Here, author and essayist Hasanthika Sirisena shares two tups for adding reportage and cultural criticism into personal essays and memoirs.
Hasanthika Sirisena: On the Importance of Literature
Author and essayist Hasanthika Sirisena discusses the power of the essay with her new collection, Dark Tourist.
Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Undermining Your Expertise in Self-Help Writing
The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is undermining your expertise in self-help writing.
Bobby and Cheryl Love: On the Power of Telling Your Own Story
Bobby and Cheryl Love discusses the process of writing coauthoring their memoir, The Redemption Of Bobby Love: A Story of Faith, Family, and Justice.
25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (And as a Person)
Reflective writing—or journaling—is a helpful practice in helping understand ourselves, and by extensions, the stories we intend to write. Author Jeanne Baker Guy offers 25 ways reflective writing can help you grow as a writer (and as a person).
3 Tips for Writing a Memoir Everyone Wants to Read
A memoir is an open window into another's life—and although the truth is of paramount importance, so too is grabbing hold of its reader. Writer Tasha Keeble offers 3 tips for writing a memoir everyone will want to read.
How I Researched My Biography of Her Majesty the Queen
Acclaimed author Matthew Dennison shares his process for researching his biography about Her Majesty the Queen, including the problem with anecdotes, variability of private papers, and other nonfiction resources available to biographers.
Bruce McCandless III: On Remembering His Father Through Memoir
Bruce McCandless III discusses how he finished what his father started in his new memoir, Wonders All Around.
5-Minute Memoir: Anonymous Fame
5-Minute Memoir is exactly what it sounds like—a personal essay on some facet of the writing life, be it a narrative or a reflection, pensive, touching or hilarious. Enjoy this installment from Barbara Neal Varma.
Late to the Party: On Being a “Mature” Debut Author
It's never too late to start your writing career. Shawn Nocher, author of A Hand to Hold in Deep Water, shares her journey.
How Personal Writing and Journaling Is Good for the Soul and Why Your Journal Is Your Soulmate
Bestselling author Laura Munson shares how personal writing and journaling is good for the soul and why your journal is your soulmate, including how to get more out of the process if you're feeling blocked.
Marilyn Peterson Haus: On Battling Feelings of Disloyalty When Writing Memoir
Debut author Marilyn Peterson Haus discusses the surprises that came with writing her memoir, including struggling with feelings of disloyalty to her family while writing.