#92 Writing A Memoir in Feelings, Flashes and Fragments Featuring Lara Lillibridge  

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Lara Lillibridge


I was thrilled to meet Lara Lillibridge at AWP 2024 at the booth for her publisher, Unsolicited Press. I had known about her work for years, so making that in person connection was so wonderful. We talked about her book, and my book, and once I read The Truth About Unringing Phones: Essays on Yearning,  I knew I had to have Lara on the program.

 In This Episode

  • How she approached writing about tough family topics
  • Building bridges into each chapter of your book
  • Developing a writing practice after you’ve lost your words
  • The surprising genesis of Lara’s book’s title and how it works as a throughline
  • How Lara found her publisher 
  • The importance of audio rights to your book with the advent of AI.
  • The trauma of writing about difficult relationships and the importance of self-care 
  • Researching family history with handy online tools
  • Lara’s work as Interviews editor for Hippocampus Magazine

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About Lara

Lara Lillibridge (she/they) is the author of  The Truth About Unringing Phones: Essays on YearningMama, Mama, Only Mama: An Irreverent Guide for the Newly Single Parent, and Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home. Lara is the Interviews Editor for Hippocampus Magazine and Creative Nonfiction Co-editor for HeartWood Literary Magazine. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from West Virginia Wesleyan College

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Lara’s Interview with Estelle Erasmus for Hippocampus Magazine

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