Dialogue in Memoir

Dialogue in Memoir

By Irene Waters I sit and listen to news of blisteringly cold gales, snow falls, and marvel at photos of these dumps of snow on Facebook and Instagram. We are still in summer here with no evidence of autumn being around the corner and no doubt those in the northern...
Tips for the Memoir Rodeo Contest

Tips for the Memoir Rodeo Contest

This past year, Irene Waters has led us in thoughtful discussions of what memoir is as a genre. You can search her essays at Carrot Ranch under “Times Past.” Irene is one of several talented memoirists who also write flash fiction, and has published an...
Times Past: What is Memoir

Times Past: What is Memoir

By Irene Waters I started off this series for Charli saying that I had already written about what memoir is and at the time I chose not to repeat it. However, in summing up for the last post in this series, I thought it is probably worth revisiting what a memoir is....
The Work of Memoir

The Work of Memoir

By Irene Waters As you read this I will be sitting on the high seas, nearing the equator, out of range of the internet so I will start by apologising for what will seem my tardy response to any comments. Don’t worry I will get there and look forward to coming back to...
Raw Literature: Memoir & What Lies Beneath

Raw Literature: Memoir & What Lies Beneath

Essay and photos by Sherri Matthews, a member of the Congress of Rough Writers. << ? >> Walking circuits around the park listening to music on my iPod gets me through the writing mire, when I need to dig deep. A few years ago I read Heavier Than Heaven,...
Porch Talk

Porch Talk

I write within a porch in the heart of the Keweenaw. It looks out over a bustling village street, an old railway line, a ball diamond. There’s a Veteran’s memorial down the lane, flags flapping, begonias blooming. One name listed there belongs to a relative I never...
April 23: Flash Fiction Challenge

April 23: Flash Fiction Challenge

Now, I remember. It’s purple flowers first. Crusty snow holds on in the northern shadows and grit covers yards, unraked mats of maple leaves, and driveways. Spring arrives dirty to the Keweenaw, but that doesn’t deter the first flowers emerging. Purple...
Rodeo #1: Dialog Winners

Rodeo #1: Dialog Winners

Well, it’s over, and we judges have had a blast. It looks like you people did too. In all, we received 38 entries. Only a couple failed on word count, a couple of others didn’t stick rigidly to dialogue, but most of you were very good and complied with the rules. Even...
Rodeo #1: Dialog

Rodeo #1: Dialog

By Geoff Le Pard, Rodeo Leader Writers are notorious people watchers. It’s a small miracle we don’t get done for stalking more often. Part of that idea — thieving we do involves listening to what people say — phrases, the modes of speech, dialect, etc....
Sound Off to the Rodeo

Sound Off to the Rodeo

Some cowboys grow up knowing one day they will ride bulls. Others deny their destiny until the call of the rodeo arena grows too insistent to deny. The same could be said of writers. And no matter how hard she tries to shrug off the inevitable, D. Avery is a mighty...
Once Upon a Rodeo Time

Once Upon a Rodeo Time

(GRAPHIC UPDATED TO CORRECT DATES) From the remote reaches of northern Idaho, the Carrot Ranch Weekly Challenges launched in March of 2014. From around the world, Norah Colvin accepted the first challenge from Australia. She’s held a special place at the Ranch...
Travel to the Rodeo

Travel to the Rodeo

Sherri Matthews has kept her feet in the stirrups at Carrot Ranch while riding hard to revise her memoir. She’s one of our premier memoir writers who also pens a hapless village werewolf character who first debuted here in flash fiction. Her fiction can turn a...