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  • Posts 2011-2016

    The Intimacy of Memoirs…and BeyondFebruary 10, 2016Thanks to you who’ve written thoughtful notes about A Long Way from Paris. I’ve loved the goat photos, the stories of travels in France, some stretching back to World War II, and the honesty of those who relate to feeling “less than,” not up to par, not good enough. […]

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  • 16 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Write

    In my blog posts up to this point, I’ve discussed my reading and writing. (If you scroll back in time, you’ll find several posts on books – “On reading 100 memoirs in order to write one.”)  I’ll  twist here to discuss teaching. One of my favorite classes is Jumpstart Your Writing. I love to help […]

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  • Teacher, Speaker

    E.C. Murray teaches Creative Writing at both Seattle Central College and Tacoma Community College. Her writing format focuses on three central areas from which all writing flows: character, plot and prose. Additionally, she speaks at writing workshops and forums from libraries to colleges as well as service clubs and community functions.  To book an event, contact […]

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  • Up Coming Signings and Presentations

    2018 February 24, 2018 Liberty Bay Books, 409 Pacific Ave., Bremerton, Wa. 2:00-3:00 P.M. March 22, 2018 Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave. S, Seattle, Wa. 98118 2016 May 24, 2016 Gig Harbor Library, Gig Harbor, WA. 6:30 – 8:00 P.M. May 28, 2016, Bellevue Barnes and Noble, Crossroads, Bellevue, WA. 1:00 – […]

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  • Event Calendar April-June 2016

    April 9, Sat. 9:00 AM Book Signing; Barnes and Noble; Alderwood Mall April 14, Thurs., 7:00 P.M. Morso’s –with other writers, Gig  Harbor April 21, Tuesday, 6:30 PM Island Books, Mercer Island “April in Paris” event with other authors April 29, Friday, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, KSER radio, 90.7 Everett, Snohomish May 7, Saturday, […]

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  • The Intimacy of Memoirs…and Beyond

    Thanks to you who’ve written thoughtful notes about A Long Way from Paris. I’ve loved the goat photos,  the stories of travels in France, some stretching back to World War II, and the honesty of those  who relate to feeling “less than,” not up to par, not good enough. That’s what memoirs are about: resonating […]

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  • Notes

    ON READING ONE HUNDRED MEMOIRS IN ORDER TO WRITE ONE

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  • Why would anyone write a memoir?

    I sometimes wonder why on earth I wanted to write a memoir. Why would anyone want to delve into personal tragedies, pain, struggles. Or, be honest. Be vulnerable. Who wants that? When I first pitched my story about living off the grid in the mountains of southern France, an agent said, “Oh no. It must be more – how you […]

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  • One Year Later

         I’ve reflected on the most powerful memoirs, the ones that stick like oatmeal, those memoirs I’ll always remember.  I loved discovering new books for this project, like my new favorite author, Geoff Dyer. His memoir, which only loosely fits the genre, is Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with DH Lawrence. I like Dyers wit, and in fact, his wit and […]

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