Jessica Bram Shares Her Thoughts about Memoir Writing

by Matilda Butler on June 29, 2009

Post #21 – Women’s Memoirs, Author Conversations – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler

Come join us as we talk with Jessica Bram, author of the newly published memoir Happily Ever After Divorce: Notes of a Joyful Journey. Listen in as Jessica shares the description of the beginning of her writing life [...when I was seven years old I made a little desk out of cardboard and ...], discusses the importance of rewriting and rewriting, explains the use of a writing/critique group [there's a difference between constructive and positive...], tells us what to do with our tangents, and much more.

We asked Jessica your questions, plus a couple of our own. We’re pleased to share this informative and insightful interview with you:

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We’ll publish our review of Jessica’s book in a few days, suggesting the many ways you’ll learn about writing your own memoir when you read Happily Ever After Divorce. In the meantime, here’s your link to get her memoir.

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Janet Riehl July 7, 2009 at

Jessica’s interview is filled with useful tools and points of view relating to re-writing, “managing your feedback” in workshop groups, and different stages in processing emotional material on your way to producing finished work. Her voice is so calm and natural; her thought process is logical. It’s easy to see why she’s a good teacher.

Janet Riehl

Arletta Dawdy July 16, 2009 at

An invigorating interview from all sides. “Just tell the story” was good advice from Randy Pausch for memoir and also for other forms of writing. Revision is where we separate the essence of our writing from the mind-clutter of earlier versions. Thanks for your thoughts on this vital aspect of our processes.

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