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The Alchemy of Memoir: How 10 Strangers Change Their Work and Each Other

A funny thing happened earlier this year, when my agent sent my book out into the world. Because I was fortunate that the book met with success, I got to spend a very enjoyable two weeks on the phone with editors, listening to them talk about my work. Writers—all writers—spend so much of their time gathering rejections like woebegone flowers that during this reversal of fortune I paid very close attention. What did they see in it?

December 8, 2015 | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Memoirists, Let's Incubate

Perhaps you’ve had this experience: a well-meaning friend or relative or total stranger inquires what you’ve been up to lately, and you—brave, honest soul that you are—tell him or her that you’re writing a memoir. “Oh,” your companion says, “I’m going to do that someday, too! My life has been such a story. I just need the time to write it down.”

February 26, 2015 | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

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Memoirists, Let’s Incubate

By Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Perhaps you’ve had this experience: a well-meaning friend or relative or total stranger inquires what you’ve been up to lately, and you—brave, honest soul that you are—tell him or her that you’re writing a memoir. “Oh,” your companion says, “I’m going to do that someday, too! My life has been such a story. I just need the time to write it down.”

January 25, 2013 | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

A Plea to Bring “But It’s Boring!” Back to the Workshop

By Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevitch

I know, we’re all really nice people! We like each other and we have big hearts and we would never be so crass as to suggest that the inner life and creative output of another human being is anything less than utterly fascinating. But hear me out.

Much has been written about the perils of the workshop model, specifically the fears that the model will drag all attendant writers down to the lowest common denominator; produce technically proficient stories that have had all spark of innovation or character life edited right out of them (the dreaded ...

July 10, 2012 | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Three Things Graphic Novels Taught This Memoirist About Writing Prose

I’ll admit, I was late to the graphic novel genre. I was one of those who sneered (inwardly, for I have some modicum of tact) that they were comic books. And while I loved comic books as a kid, and filled my childhood shelves with Richie Rich and Archie and Uncle Scrooge, literary storytelling those were not.

But then I read Marjane Sartrapi’s Persepolis—a work that I believe could not have been written as effectively in any other form—and I became hooked

April 3, 2012 | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

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