Category Archives: The Personal Essay

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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Nailing the Personal Essay

Telling a Story For all its charm and sometimes apparent aimlessness, an essay has a skeleton, an underlying structure that makes it work. Often it’s the age-old structure of a story. By “story” I don’t mean “something that happened,” but … Continue reading

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Some favorite Adair Lara columns from the San Francisco Chronicle

ust go to the search box at and put in “Adair Lara” and then any title or date or phrase you wish to search for. I JUST REALIZED THAT while children are dogs, loyal and affectionate, teenagers are cats. … Continue reading

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Adair’s Published Articles On Writing: Tone, Angle, Memoir or Novel, The Arc of Your Memoir   in Writers Digest “Find an Angle to Bring Your Subject to Life.”

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