Category Archives: Voice and Persona in Memoir

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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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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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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Adair’s Published Articles On Writing: Tone, Angle, Memoir or Novel, The Arc of Your Memoir

http://www.writersdigest.com/author/adair-lara   in Writers Digest “Find an Angle to Bring Your Subject to Life.”

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