Author Archives: Adair Lara

How I accidentally left voice out of my own childhood memoir

A memoir depends 100% on voice—Mary karr I was at a writer’s conference when an agent on a  panel grew exasperated and yelled to the crowd of aspiring memoir writers: “Voice! Voice! Anything else you can fix!” What is voice … Continue reading

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Back Story Does Not Go in the Front

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, … Continue reading

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Changing the author’s point of view so we have the spirited hero we need.

  It’s asking a lot.  A writing teacher –someone like me –casually says: “That version of your past, the one you’ve been carrying around all your life?  Doesn’t work for a reader. Too victim-y. just change your whole point of … Continue reading

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Signing up for a workshop

I used to teach workshops several times a year, now doing the occasional smaller more intime writing groups. . Email me at adair. lara@gmail.com if interested. I’ll paste in a typical workshop announcement:         THE winter  2016 … Continue reading

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Praise for the column

  In the morning, when the kids have slammed the back door for the last time, I sit at my kitchen table in Fresno elated to find your column. I smiled through your column on wanting other people’s babies– could … Continue reading

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How The Book Consulting Works

You have a writing project in mind, and want to get some advice on it. The best way to begin is to come over to my house for a kitchen-table meeting for a couple of hours. It’s a big kitchen, with … Continue reading

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Praise for the workshop

Praise for the workshop Half the people I know seem to haven take classes and workshops with San Francisco’s legendary writer and teacher Adair Lara. She is very savvy and smart and hugely entertaining. I admire her greatly. Adair Lara … Continue reading

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Praise from Published Students

    Jacqueline Winspear, author of the Maisie Dobbs series When I first met Adair, I wasn’t at all sure where I ultimately wanted to go as a writer – although I did, and still do, harbor a deep wish … Continue reading

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Praise for Naked, Drunk and Writing

Praise for Naked, Drunk and Writing Hello Adair, Recently I found your article on Writer’s Digest,  “Key Elements of Writing a Good Memoir” and it has literally changed my writing life overnight.  I have been struggling to write memoir off … Continue reading

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Students write funny things about the workshop

The Ruin of a Writer It’s Saturday afternoon and I sit at my computer, pounding away at a fragmentary ideaWHAT IDEA? that just might blossom into an essay or a story. I am oblivious to the bright sunshine that has … Continue reading

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