Kerry Cohen and Crystal-Lee Quibell discuss The Truth About Memoir, how to write about yourself, and others, with honesty and integrity while honouring your own truth. What to expect from friends, family and the media when your memoir is published and how to navigate writing emotional scenes.
Kerry Cohen is a psychotherapist, writing faculty at The Red Earth Low-Residency MFA, and author of Loose Girl, Dirty Little Secrets, Seeing Ezra, The Truth of Memoir; and the young adult novels Easy, The Good Girl, and It’s Not You, It’s Me. She is a counselor (LPC Intern, under supervision), specializing in sex and relationships, writing faculty at The Red Earth Low-Residency MFA, and the author of Loose Girl, Dirty Little Secrets, Seeing Ezra; the young adult novels Easy, The Good Girl, and It’s Not You, It’s Me; Spent, an anthology of 30 astounding essays concerning women and shopping; and The Truth of Memoir. Her new memoir is Girl Trouble: An Illustrated Memoir, which explores complicated female friendships.
Kerry has been featured on Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, the BBC Saturday Live, and many more television and radio shows. She has published in The New York Times Modern Love column, the Washington Post Outlook, Brevity.com, and many more journals and magazines; and she has essays in numerous anthologies. Kerry got to tell a story about her ‘loose girl’ days in front of 3,000 people in the Moth, Main stage.
Crystal-Lee Quibell is the host of Literary Speaking, a weekly podcast dedicated to helping writers learn from best-selling authors, literary agents, and publishers. Founder of The Magical Writers Group, a private teaching forum for writers specifically focused on memoir.She is a champion for the written word, student of publishing and an obsessive book collector with a serious case of wanderlust. A self-described mermaid and witchy woman for life, she believes that life is better with books, chocolate, and the occasional cheese board. Her upcoming essay is to be featured in the forthcoming book, The Magic Of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writer’s Journey.