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“You have to have some real solitude”: A Conversation with Cheryl Strayed, Author of Wild [Part II]

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By Ethan Gilsdorf

What follows is Part II of Ethan Gilsdorf’s conversation with Cheryl Strayed, author of the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Her book has been adapted into the recently-released film Wild. Read Part I of this interview here.
Ethan Gilsdorf: The journey you describe in your book Wild is an external journey: You go somewhere physically

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We Talk Writing with Jason Segel

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Jason Segel, already an actor and musician, can now add “author” to his resumé.

With Kirsten Miller, author of the Kiki Strike and Eternal Ones series, Segel, 34, has co-written a middle grade novel, Nightmares!, book one of a planned trilogy, about 12-year-old Charlie Laird who must face his fear of bad dreams to rescue his brother from the world of nightmares.

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“It’s not about telling half the truth”: A Conversation with Cheryl Strayed, Author of Wild [Part I]

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By Ethan Gilsdorf

If you’re interested in memoir, then you’ve heard of Cheryl Strayed and her book Wild.

Strayed’s memoir --- its full title is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail --- is the 2012 account of her 1,100-mile trek from the Mojave Desert into California and Oregon, and as far as the border of Washington State, to recover her life. The mega-selling book moved a zillion copies, and inspired millions of readers, many of them female, to take risks of their own.

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Meet a Grubbie: Ethan Gilsdorf

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GrubStreet runs on coffee, printer ink, and community. This series features just some of the Grubbies who make our community strong. In this edition, meet Grub Instructor Ethan GilsdorfYou can catch Ethan in person this September, in his twelve-week class, Writing and Publishing the Risky Narrative Personal Essay, or online, in 6 Weeks, 6 Op-Eds, both of which begin on Tuesday, September 12th. If you're ready for the next level, check out Ethan's Master Narrative Personal Essay course, beginning Thursday, September 14th.

 

What favorite book of yours was made into a movie, which did you like ...

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Your Memoir Is Too Much About You

It doesn't have to be all about you (Image: Ethan Gilsdorf, scribbled on a napkin in cafe) Your personal writing doesn't have to be all about you (Image: Ethan Gilsdorf, yes, scribbled on a napkin in a cafe

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Craft Advice

Does a Fog of Fantasy Obstruct the Harbor of Your Literary Dreams?

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[Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.]

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I remember my first published piece. It was in the newsletter of a food co-op in a small town in Vermont. And I remember thinking, you gotta start somewhere. I was psyched.

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Do it, then write about it: With immersion writing, take on fresh experiences

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by Ethan Gilsdorf

[Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.]

One of the problems with writing personal essay or memoir is that it's often difficult to decide what to write about, or how to frame your subject matter

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Craft Advice

Getting Past Rejection? Make More Spaghetti

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[Another entry in the new monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.]

by Ethan Gilsdorf

I had a plumb assignment lined up. An editor at a pretty sweet publication liked my idea for a story. The editor assigned it

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