15 Nov The Magic of Memoir is Out!
The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey is Out! This past week I received two copies of The Magic of Memoir. They are called contributor’s copies, meaning, I submitted an essay to the anthology and it was accepted, so I get two free copies. Sweet! My essay, “Writing the Silence Away” also won second prize in the contest. Sweet, again.
I’ll whet your appetite with the first sentence in Brooke and Linda Joy’s introduction.
“Over the many years we’ve been teaching memoir writing–during which Linda Joy has written two of her own memoirs and Brooke has edited and published upward of three hundred memoirs–we’ve encountered three s’s that waylay writers on the way to writing their truths: Secrets, silence, and shame.”
I love these words from Brooke and Linda Joy:
They are certainly true in my writing life. Writing is both a journey and a window.
Then I turned the page.
Page 1. “Writing the Silence Away” by Jill Kandel.
Wow. My essay is the first one in the whole book! It’s such a strange thing to have written an essay, sent it in, and then half a year later open up a book, and there it is. REAL. In my hands. It’s an author’s version of thrilling, of scaling the peak, of the ribbon given out at the end of the race.
This book is an anthology.
What? I am in a book with Mary Karr, Dani Shaprio, Sue William Silverman and Elizabeth Gilbert!
The titles of the essays give insight into the book’s focus.
- The Journey of the Two-Hundred-Thousand-Word Memoir
- My Twenty-Three Year Project
- Trust the Process and Find the Thread
- Doing it Wrong Till You Get It Right
- By the Grace of God, I Write Memoir
The rad team at She Writes Press created some great memes, taking quotes out of each author’s essay or interview.
They even made me my very own meme!
Many thanks to the hardworking staff at She Writes Press.
(p.s., if you buy a copy, please be sure to leave an Amazon Review. They really do help.)