Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma

Melanie Brooks (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Beacon Press
Publish Date
February 07, 2017
Pages
248
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.7 X 8.4 inches | 0.66 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780807078815
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About the Author

Melanie Brooks is a writer, teacher, and mother living in Nashua, New Hampshire with her husband, two children, and yellow Lab. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast Master's in Fine Arts program. She teaches college writing at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and Merrimack College in Andover, Massachusetts. She also teaches creative writing at Nashua Community College in New Hampshire. Her work has appeared in Hippocampus, The Huffington Post, Modern Loss, Solstice Literary Magazine, The Recollectors, Stonecoast Review, Washington Post, and Word Riot. Her almost-completed memoir explores the devastating impact of living with the ten-year secret of her father's HIV disease before his death in 1995. Brooks's writing is the vehicle through which she's starting to understand that impact.

Reviews

"Writers of all genres will glean golden nuggets of advice about writing and living from this book, while all readers, because they, too, have unique personal stories, will be comforted and inspired by the everyday and creative struggles of some of their favorite authors."
--Booklist

"For writers struggling with the next step of their journeys, Brooks' work is a signpost showing them the way, urging them onward, offering companionship, and ultimately proving that the destination is already well within sight, even if they can't yet see it."
--Ploughshares

"An inspiring guide to ennobling personal stories that travel to the dark sides of life."
--Kirkus Reviews