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.