What should come first? Publishing your memoir or preserving family relationships? Sometimes writers feel they have to choose—on occasion, they do. We’ve all heard stories about what happened when the family flipped out over a memoir someone published . . . .
I was honored to guest post for Red Wheelbarrow Writers on the topic of Managing Family Relationships While Writing About Them. Read the full post on the RWB site.
Red Wheelbarrow Writers hosts an amazing array of workshops and events, including the celebrated WhaMemWriMo (Whatcom County Memoir Writing Month) that is happening right now. They just published an anthology, Memory Into Memoir. Find out more about RWB and how to get involved at their website.
XO Laurel Leigh
I’m wildly delighted to be a part of the Clover reading today at Village Books in gorgeous Fairhaven WA. Authors from Clover 11 will present excerpts of their work and Clover editors Mary Gillilan and Norman Green will host the event that always fills the house. Come by the Readings Gallery at 4 p.m. to join the fun!
There’s also this going on — a secret a brewing that will come to light at today’s reading. Here’s the clues:
I defy anyone to guess in advance, but I will totally buy you lunch if you do.
XO Laurel Leigh
Doing some handstands!
This journey home to a handstand thing is becoming a thing. After thirty years of not working out much, it feels pretty great to be upside down again, and I can’t believe how much love people are sending my way. Thank you! I put a clip on Facebook and people asked me to keep posting, so there’s a few more clips of my workouts on YouTube. Maybe someone should take all our video phones away . . . nah.
See more clips of Home Is a Handstand on my groovy new YouTube channel.
Also I wrote an essay about my former gymnastics coach, which Dogpatch Writers Collective just previewed.
XO Laurel Leigh
Alas, stuff of mine has been breaking lately. Specifically:
Glasses nose piece: Popped into the eye doc’s to get a new one put on and didn’t notice till I got home that the new one is clear and in contrast, the used one on the other side is darkened with age and skin wax? Not sure which is dorkier—the lopsided effect or the fact that I’m relatively unbothered by it. Continue reading
We’ve had a gorgeous summertime in Whatcom County, offering dazzling inspiration for the monthly Open Mic Nights at Village Books. Here’s what went down in May: Continue reading
It was awesome!
Here’s some pics from the 2015 Chuckanut Writers Conference.
The familiar doors of Syre Hall on Whatcom Community College’s gorgeous campus were the entryway to the fifth annual Chuckanut Writers Conference, featuring a fab lineup of authors, literary agents, and publishing experts: Betsy Amster, Philip Athans, Carol Cassella, Kerry Colburn, Anne Depue, Bryan Doyle, Steven Galloway, Elizabeth George, Samuel Green, Lee Gulyas, Denise Jolly, Stephanie Kallos, William Kenower, Elizabeth Kracht, Erik Larson, Robert Lashley, Kate Lebo, Brenda Miller, Elissa Washuta, Molly Wizenberg, and Jennifer Worick. Wow! Continue reading