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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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The Personal Essay in Progress: Providence

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Grub Instructor Ethan Gilsdorf will be returning to Providence with his Personal Essay in Progress class, starting April 24th! Sign up now! 

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Get Writing Providence!

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Grub is coming back to Providence! Sign up for Grub's newly added courses with Ethan GilsdorfThe Personal Essay in Progress | The Narrative Personal Essay 101 | Jumpstart Your Writing: Providence

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Master Narrative Personal Essay Deadline Extended!

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Looking to step up your personal essay this Spring? The deadline to apply for Master Narrative Personal Essay with Ethan Gilsdorf has been extended to December 19th! Apply here.

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Cheryl Strayed Says, Take Risks in Your Personal Writing

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GrubStreet instructor Ethan Gilsdorf had the chance to speak with Wild author Cheryl Strayed about what it's like to take risks in your personal essays and memoir writing. Here's what she had to say. 

 

Editor's note: Practice what Strayed preaches in Ethan's popular class, Writing and Publishing the Risky Personal Essay. There are still a few spots left -- click here for more info!

 

 

 

Ethan Gilsdorf: This is a question for my writing students at GrubStreet. I’ve been teaching a class right now here in Boston called “Writing and Publishing ...

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5 Things Your Personal Essay Needs To Have

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Editor's Note: Put Gilsdorf's advice into practice in his upcoming class, "Writing Great Scenes for Your Personal Essays"!

 

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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Master Narrative Personal Essay

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If you're thinking about applying to Ethan Gilsdorf's Master Narrative Personal Essay, don't wait. The deadline to apply is today at 11:59pm!

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