Sue Silverman’s call to memoir

Everyone has a story.  And all our voices are important.—Sue William Silverman

Melissa Hart on her blog Butt to Chair interviews Sue William Silverman about her latest book, Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir. The author of two memoirs, Silverman makes a strong case for a the validity of memoir as a form of confession:

We’ve been accused of navel gazing.  The word “confessional” is used in a demeaning way, suggesting that we’re whining or complaining, along those lines.

So, though most of my new book is devoted to the craft of writing, I also included a chapter about what it really means to be a confessional writer.  I wanted to show how the word “confessional” is actually very positive, and I hope more and more of us write memoir.

Read Melissa’s whole interview, with links, here.

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One response to “Sue Silverman’s call to memoir

  1. I’ve enjoyed getting to know Sue at Vermont College where she is adored. Nice to see her book here on your blog.

    I’ve enjoyed catching up with your posts.