Peter Gibb

Peter Gibb

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Illness … the humility and the joy

Illness … the humility and the joy

Long absence from the blog ... my apologies, but I hope the above photo supplies some explanation. Two weeks. Missed 90% of Christmas, never wanted to be farther than six feet from the bed.  "A virus of unknown origin," the doctor said. "Thank you very little," I...

A mindful start to your writing day

A mindful start to your writing day

Take time to Tune the Mind before you Write I don't know about you, but too often I approach my writing sessions with one of two, extreme attitudes. Either, I rush to the computer because I'm so excited about what I want to write, or I dread the keyboard, think I have...

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

This Thanksgiving, I'd like particularly to express my gratitude to the 12 intrepid souls who spent the last 10 weeks with me in my Memoir & Mindfulness class in Ashland, OR. Their writing was brave and hopeful and true.  They experimented with new styles and...

The Magic of Memoir

The Magic of Memoir

If you're working on a memoir, or considering that leap, check out this just published collection. You'll get a range of advice and stories about memoir writing, and rewriting, from a broad spectrum of memoir writers. Find out what it's like, the joys, the fears, the...

King of Doubt, finalist in OWC contest

King of Doubt, finalist in OWC contest

  Toot, Toot! We won first place!!  🙂   🙂    🙂 I've never been too good at tooting my own horn. Maybe that's why I gave up playing the saxaphone. (Also just one of the many reasons why I'll never be the Republican nominee for President, but that's another...

Magic of Memoir Conference

Magic of Memoir Conference

Last weekend, eight of my Memoir & Mindfulness students and I attended the Magic of Memoir conference, sponsored by the National Association of Memoir Writers http://namw.org and SheWrites Press http://shewritespress.com. The conference was held in Oakland, CA....

Balancing the Doing and the Being of a Writer’s Life

Balancing the Doing and the Being of a Writer’s Life

Memoir writing is a marathon, not a sprint. Most aspiring memoirists I’ve worked with struggle with keeping their motivation up; writing consistently; overcoming rejection; dealing with their own internal critic; fitting writing in to a busy life with multiple...

What’s wrong with “Show don’t tell”?

What’s wrong with “Show don’t tell”?

  If you’ve ever taken a creative writing class, or read a book on writing craft, you’ve probably heard the maxim, “Show don’t tell.” It’s the writer’s equivalent of the advice given to children, “Look both ways before crossing the street.” Except that “Look both...

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