The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us

Twenty years ago this Friday, I went out for a meal to celebrate my birthday with my family. My eighteen year old had graduated from high school that spring and was looking forward to starting college. My two other children had just started their new school year in...
Rodeo #2: Memoir Winners

Rodeo #2: Memoir Winners

By Irene Waters She Did It was the prompt for the memoir ride in the Rodeo. The four judges were given a judging sheet: was it a complete story, grammar, and spelling, structure, use of language, adherence to memoir rules (not accusing, showing the bad- not telling,...
Rodeo #2: Memoir

Rodeo #2: Memoir

By Irene Waters, Rodeo Leader Memoir is a passion, so I’m thrilled to once again host the memoir section of the Carrot Ranch Rodeo Contest. Hoping you’ll tighten your saddles and put on your spurs and join in. [READ MORE…] Last year we had Scars – this year?...
Rodeo #2: Memoir

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...
Life is a Memoir: What is Fiction?

Life is a Memoir: What is Fiction?

By Irene Waters Truth is considered fundamental in writing memoir. The work of Smith and Watson show that memory is not an exact memory of the past event but the past combined with the present, differences in history and ideologies of the time so rather than memory...
Times Past: Dealing with Others

Times Past: Dealing with Others

By Irene Waters I write memoir – my memories of particular times or events in my life. In this process, through no fault of their own other than being part of my life I write another person’s narrative. Who are the other people in our story – firstly there is the “I,”...
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...
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: Variations Within Memoir

Raw Literature: Variations Within Memoir

Essay by Irene Waters, a member of the Congress of Rough Writers. << ? >> This writing is raw. Most of my writing that you may have seen to date is raw. By that I mean it is uncooked, the first draft without changes and alterations. The grammar may be...
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,...