Writing Shame

Writing Shame

By Peter Gajdics   In the spring of 2004, when I was 39 years old, I started writing a memoir about my six years in a form of “conversion therapy” at the hands of a licensed psychiatrist, and the medical malpractice suit I’d filed against the doctor for treating my...
Where To Write

Where To Write

By LB Gschwandtner   Facing my computer screen, tacked to a wall are two photos. One is of E.B. White wearing glasses, sitting on a rough wooden bench with an even rougher slab of a wooden table in front of him, on which sits a typewriter with a piece of paper...
Writing About Trauma

Writing About Trauma

By Lenore Gay Flannery O’Connor in Mystery and Manners wrote: “The longer you look at one object, the more of the world you see in it; and it is well to remember that the serious fiction writer always writes about the whole world, no matter how limited his particular...
Copyrighted Conversations

Copyrighted Conversations

By Maggie Leffler I grew up in a family of women writers, where it was normal to have disclaimers about fair use in the midst of casual conversation.  After sharing an anecdote, it was not uncommon for my sister or mother to say to me, “Please don’t use this; it’s...