“Who Do You Think You Are?” The Top 5 Blocks For Writers

The book coaching process, especially at the beginning, can be a very safe space. The coach is there to nurture the new writer, to allow experimentation, offer inspiration, provide support, and pass on constructive advice. We aim to OPEN the writer, and that only happens with unconditional love for the person and the creative process. […]

What is truth? What is memoir?

Found object sculpture, made of tree branches, and a burlap sack, http://www.carolineallen.com I’ve just picked up James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces, the ‘memoir’ that caused such a fuss a few years ago, because it wasn’t a memoir but a piece of fiction. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here to read […]

OK, that’s enough. My turn. BOOM.

Haverhill, MA, 2008, http://www.carolineallen.com I am working with a writing client, a new novelist, who recently took a vacation to a tropical island with her husband and two children. Her laptop was too heavy, so she decided not to take it. Besides, she thought, I can use my husband’s when he’s not working. With kids […]