Staying: A Memoir

Staying: A Memoir

Book Review by Sharon Dean Every part of this book makes my heart either ache or sing. In Staying, Jessie Cole describes the slow process of regaining her footing in the world after the suicide of her sister and then her father. ‘When someone takes their own life,’ she writes, ‘it is hard to forget that they […]

Writing of the Week: Forging connections

Writing of the Week: Forging connections

Creativity often involves forging new connections between old ideas. At last Tuesday’s regular writing group meet-up, we gave our brains a workout by doing exactly that. First, we passed around a jar containing forty slips of paper. On each slip was one word representing either: a person (think ‘grandmother’, ‘pilot’, ‘baby’); a place …

Creativity often involves forging new connections between old ideas. At last Tuesday’s meeting of OMG (Our Memoir Group), we gave our brains a workout by doing exactly that. First, we passed around a jar containing forty slips of paper. On each slip was one word representing either: a person (think ‘grandmother’, ‘pilot’, ‘baby’); a place …