Why Write Memoir?

by Jennifer Gaites I lost both my grandmothers this year—at the ages of 95 and 99, respectively. As my family reflected on lives well lived, we talked about their hobbies, their fashion senses, their cooking, baking, and sewing skills. But what we kept coming back were their stories.  They had stories that made us laugh,…

CAPTIVATED: WHAT PWN IS OBSESSED WITH …

We have a devoted group of memoir writers at PWN and their interests are as varied as their narratives. This month, we asked our memoir students what they are obsessing over and their answers did not disappoint. What are they using to inspire them, broaden their perspectives, escape from the world or inform their work?…

Three Ingredients to Cook Your Funny Bone

by Michael Farragher Quarantine viewing has made me a connoisseur of cooking shows, and I now find myself trying to socially distance from the refrigerator [buh dum tss]. I especially like the shows where chefs are given five ingredients that shouldn’t go together to create something edible. It got me thinking: How does one get…

The Healing Power of Words

by Gay Norton Edelman For me, writing is not only a way to earn a living and help people. It’s also a way to get to know who I am and what I believe. I’m talking morning pages, gratitude lists, free writes, written dialogues with my higher power, and more. And that deep stuff is…

CAPTIVATED: WHAT PWN IS OBSESSED WITH …

When we think of being captivated by something, we think of immersing ourselves in it, focusing our senses and losing ourselves in a moment. What better expresses this experience than poetry? With its deep focus, rich imagery, and economy of words, a poem can allow the reader to experience the world through the poet’s eyes.…