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How to Write a Memoir Opening

Contest to Write the Best Opener You Can Write…and more

by Kendra Bonnett on August 20, 2012

Writing Prompt LogoPost #158 – Women’s Memoirs, Writing Prompt – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler

“It was a dark and stormy night…” That opener may have worked for Snoopy, but it’s no way to start our memoirs and fiction.

Lynn Goodwin of Writer Advice has a new contest she asked us to announce to all of you. She’s asking you to submit the opening chapter or paragraphs of your unpublished manuscript for a chance to win…$250.

So let me give you a few more details:

Title/Subject: Scintillating Starts

Deadline: October 15, 2012

Entry Fee: $20

Prize: $250

URL: Writer Advice Home Page

Good luck…and get to writing.

TWEET THIS: #writing #contests Submit UR best openings 2 Writer Advice by 10/15 http://bit.ly/OQMtrz

AWE Registration Announcement

Okay, this is important. If you have bought your copy of Writing Alchemy: How to Write Fast and Deep…and if you have registered your copy, which gives you free Charter Membership in the Association for Writing Excellence (AWE)…then I have an important announcement.

When you register your copy, you need to open the email that comes to you telling you to confirm your registration. This is important. Aweber protects your name and email by confirming signups.

So if you haven’t confirmed, check the email. If you think you haven’t SEEN the email, then check your junk or spam file. Depending on how tightly you’ve set your email security, it’s possible for the email to get diverted.

If you’re concerned and can’t find the email, you can always send me an email and I’ll help you. I think I can send you a second confirmation email.

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Crafting the Memoir Opening: Advice from Linda Joy Myers

by Matilda ButlerApril 5, 2010
Crafting the Memoir Opening: Advice from Linda Joy Myers

Interview with Linda Joy Myers highlights her two take-aways: (1) Play with you opening and (2) Finish your memoir then write your beginning. Listen to this 5 minute audio as Linda Joy shares her thoughts on crafting the opening to your memoir.

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Memoir Author Conversation with Jid Lee

by Matilda ButlerJanuary 18, 2010
Memoir Author Conversation with Jid Lee

Memoir Author Conversation: Join us as we ask Dr. Jid Lee your questions about memoir writing. She draws on her experiences in writing and seeking publication for her recently published book: To Kill a Tiger: A Memoir of Korea.

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Memoir Moment #8: Interview with Sue William Silverman About Writing Your Memoir Opening

by Matilda ButlerDecember 6, 2009
Memoir Moment #8: Interview with Sue William Silverman About Writing Your Memoir Opening

Memoir Moment interviews Sue William Silverman, author of two memoirs and a new book about memoir writing. Sue shares her insights into crafting powerful openings that engage your readers. Enjoy our conversation.

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