Entries in memoir (4)


Off Belay--Coming Soon!

Watch for updates for Off Belay: One Last Great Adventure by Jamie Shumway. Over the last ten months of Jamie's life, I helped him craft his memoir. Jamie approached his ALS with courage and made writing this book his work during his illness. While I miss him dearly, I am so glad that his stories will soon be available to us all.

To preview, go to www.jamieshumway.com

To find out more about my work in narrative medicine, you can click the link on the homepage. 


A Lexington Weekend

This weekend (9/15-9/18) I made the trek from Morgantown, West Virginia to Lexington, Kentucky. My pal Natalie and I attended the Kentucky Women Writers Conference at the Carnegie Center.

Several people told me this used to be the public library, now an arts/literary space.

I workshopped with Barrie Jean Borich, author of several books including Body Geographic (which I reviewed for LAR but didn't tell her...it felt weird to admit). Her workshop focused on Time in Memoir, or Memoir Time. I loved the alternate approach to chronology--not that chronology isn't a good way to organize, it's just not the only way. Barrie's exercises and readings showed us how we might otherwise bring our memory, scenes, and reflections together. She also read from Body Geographic and shared maps, which became her way of organizing that particular book.

As you can see, she is also really photogenic!

Besides the workshop, there was lots of great fun and food (oh! the food!) in Lexington. 


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This week on the web

This has been a good week for sharing work on the web. 

First, the Daily Athenaeum, WVU's student newspaper, ran an article about the Narrative Medicine project I've been working on with Jamie Shumway. Jamie's memoir is about 250 pages long and we're working on a book proposal as well as going back through it and making edits and revisions. But, there's a full working draft, and that's exciting.

Also this week, I had a small piece with a picture I too of the stairwell in the building that houses American Ballet Theatre posted to the Picture Postcards project at In Quire.