January 9, 2019

Meet Our Memoirists: Melanie Brooks

"When I commit words to the page, I’m embarking on a rigorous and intentional act of self-reflection. As a memoirist, though, my journey doesn’t stop there. By writing through my stories, I’m engaging in an act of community. I’m seeking language that bridges my experiences with those of others, and I’m hoping that my words will open space for their words." - Melanie Brooks

January 17, 2018

The 9 Best Books on Writing Memoir

I'm honored to have Writing Hard Stories featured in a memoir book roundup on Signature ReadsPenguin Random House's reading blog, among so many books that have been influential to my own writing process.

November 11, 2017

Micheal Steinberg's Blog: Fourth Genre

In this blog post, Michael Steinberg revisits an interview originally conducted by Donna Talarico that appeared in Hippocampus Magazine and follows up on the publication of Writing Hard Stories. 

 

May 18, 2017

How Do Memoirists Survive Telling Their Hard Stories?

“It’s not about necessarily letting the story go, but it’s kind of re-envisioning it in a way that it doesn’t become such a burdensome thing. Writing about it will, in some way, change the story for you or change the way you carry that story.” - Melanie Brooks

 

March 7, 2017

Writer's Day at Bay Path University in Longmeadow to feature area authors

Listen to my conversation with host Janeane Bernstein as we talk about WRITING HARD STORIES.

 

February 5, 2017

Hippocampus Magazine Interview

"Interacting with people—that’s the idea behind this Melanie’s book. Writers sharing the stories behind their stories with one writer, who then shares those stories, and her own, with others. Conversations that can heal and inspire, a conversation that’s perhaps just getting started.' - Donna Talarico, Hippocampus Magazine

 

January 6, 2017

Ploughshares Review: Writing Hard Stories

"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. " - Amanda Silva, Ploughshares

 

April 24, 2018

Boston Voyager's Most Inspiring Stories

"I believe there’s deep merit to giving this narrative shape to our painful stories. Writing about traumatic experiences do not repair them. However, re-entering those memories, taking them apart, and then putting them back together again on my own terms, has transformed them into something meaningful, maybe even beautiful, for me and, I hope, for my readers, too." -Melanie Brooks

January 17, 2018

Get the Funk Out! KUCI 88.9 FM

Listen to my conversation with host Janeane Bernstein as we talk about my memoir-in-progress, All the Things I Couldn't Say.

 

June 21, 2017

A Conversation About Writing Hard Stories

"I'm sharing with you my interview with Melanie. She has lots of great things to say about writing—and living. I hope you'll watch and share it with others." 

- Nadia Colburn, Align Your Story

 

May 15, 2017

Shaping Art From Trauma

Listen to my webinar with Leanna James Blackwell, director of Bay Path University's MFA program, on "Shaping Art from Trauma."

 

March 4, 2017

The Debutante Ball Guest Interview

"Language has its own transformative power, and I’ve come to understand that the gift of shared experience, shared stories, can sometimes be the best medicine we have to offer." - Melanie Brooks

 

February 2, 2017

Writing Hard Stories by Melanie Brooks

"I thank Melanie Brooks for the liberating read, one which I am sure will inspire many other writers." - Sheelagh Russell-Brown, Understorey Magazine

 

February 1, 2017

Review: Writing Hard Stories

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

 

February 25, 2018

AWP18 Event Organizer Q&A With Melanie Brooks

"With our narratives, we invite others to lean toward our experiences and give them permission to share some pieces of their own." - Melanie Brooks

January 11, 2018

A Conversation With Melanie Brooks

"Every time I sat down with one of these writers and listened to them talk candidly about their own journeys, I found similarities in their processes and mine, and listened to their encouragement that always included the promise that I would get to a place where I felt differently about my story, where I could breathe a little bit easier. " - Melanie Brooks

May 28, 2017

The Best Advice to Connect With Readers

It takes a lot of emotional soul searching and deep diving into our memories and our experiences in order for us to reach that place of authenticity and really discover what the authentic story is behind our experiences." - Melanie Brooks

 

April 3, 2017

Get the Funk Out! KUCI 88.9 FM

Listen to my conversation with host Janeane Bernstein as we talk about WRITING HARD STORIES.

 

February 27, 2017

Writing the Pain: Memoirists on Trauma and Memory

"I wanted to hear about those lonely treks into memory from each one of these authors because then I might feel less lonely on my own trek." - Melanie Brooks

 

February 1, 2017

Review: Writing Hard Stories

"Her written recollections of meetings with memoirists read as if we are eavesdropping on their intimate conversations." - Ashley Supinski, Hippocampus Magazine

 

October 27, 2016

An Interview With Melanie Brooks

"Her written recollections of meetings with memoirists read as if we are eavesdropping on their intimate conversations." - Ashley Supinski, Hippocampus Magazine