Publications

Personal Essays

“Snot-Bubble Cry Dance Parties that Boost Your Creativity,” the Brevity Blog, April 12, 2024

“That First Breath.” New York Times, February 27, 2024

“My 20-Year-Old Brother Died By Suicide. Here’s Why I Almost Joined Him.” HuffPost, September 20, 2021

“Mi hermano de 20 años se suicidó y yo estuve a punto de seguirle” Spanish language translation of HuffPost essay published September 20, 2021 

“Art in Focus,” The Keepthings curated by Deborah Way, May 11, 2021

“The Death of Sonny,” 2019 Remember in November Contest Finalist, Hippocampus Literary Magazine, November 4, 2019

“A Bit of Heaven,” 2018 Machigonne Fiction Award Finalist, The New Guard Review Volume VIII, Fall 2019

“Half-Life,” Kenyon Review Online, Nov/Dec 2018 Issue

 “The Ribbon Test,” Streetlight Literary Journal, February 2017

“Remembering Molly,” The Rumpus, October 2015

“My brother had mental health issues and committed an awful crime. But I love him.” The Guardian, September 2015

“Under My Skin,” Gravel Literary Journal, April 2015


Performances and Podcast Appearances

“Writing About Trauma Without Retraumatizing Ourselves” Episode 86 of the Let’s Talk Memoir Podcast

“Eye of the Tornado” on the Face the Music episode of the Risk! Podcast, March 19, 2024

Saying Yes to Yourself as a WriterThe Hungry Authors Podcast, May 1, 2023

“The Eye of the Tornado” Winner of the HippoCamp Edition of the Lancaster Story Slam, August, 2022

“Lisa Cooper Ellison Realizes She Can Only Rescue Herself” 2 Lives Podcast, March 1, 2022

“Lisa Ellison on Mindfulness, Intention-Setting, and Writing” If She Can Do It, So Can You! podcast, January 1, 2022

“Suicide Prevention Awareness Month- On My Nightstand: My 20-Year-Old Brother Died By Suicide. Here’s Why I Almost Joined Him by Lisa Cooper Ellison” reading of my HuffPost essay by Laura Cathcart Robbins as part of her Only One in the Room Podcast, September 2021 

“Carry this Grief” Interview on NPR’s With Good Reason, December 5, 2015


Craft Essays

“How to Stop Gaslighting Your Memoir Writing Process,” Jane Friedman Blog, May 23, 2024

Using Beat Sheets to Slant Your Memoir’s Scenes,Jane Friedman Blog, March 27, 2024

“Structure: The Safety Net For Your Memoir,” Jane Friedman Blog, February 26, 2024

“3 Ways to Experiment with Memoir Structure to Improve Your Narrative Arc,” Jane Friedman Blog, February 23, 2024

“How to Use Brain Waves to Enhance Your Writing Practice,” Jane Friedman Blog, October 24, 2023

“Mining Your Memories: 3 Forms of Memory Every Memoirist Must Know,” Jane Friedman Blog, August 18, 2023

“3 Ways Writers Block Their Success (While Thinking They’re Hard at Work),” Jane Friedman Blog, June 8, 2023

“To Set Beta Reader Expectations, Have an Honest Conversation,” Jane Friedman Blog, May 24, 2023

Ask the Editor: How Can I Avoid Lawsuits When Writing Memoir?, Jane Friedman Blog, March 22, 2023

Should I Hire an Editor to Help Cut My Manuscript?,Jane Friedman Blog, November 17, 2022

“To Nail Your Book Proposal, Think in Synergies, Not Sections,Jane Friedman Blog, September 23, 2022

“How a Little Psychology Can Improve Your Memoir’s Setup Jane Friedman Blog, May 17, 2022

“To Nail Your Memoir Beginning, Stop Looking in the Wrong Direction” Jane Friedman Blog, May 11, 2022

“How to Gracefully Say Goodbye to Your Writing Group” Jane Friedman Blog, April 14, 2022

“Why Your Amazing Writing Group Might Be Failing You” Jane Friedman Blog, April 6, 2022

“How Scene Writing Saved Me (and How It Will Save You).” The Brevity Blog, March 10, 2022

“You Are Not Your Traumas. But You Can Write About Them.” Jane Friedman Blog, February 22, 2022

“3 Things to Ask Yourself Before Writing about Trauma” Jane Friedman Blog, February 8, 2022

“Deciding Between Simple and Complex Memoir Structures” Jane Friedman Blog, November 4, 2021

“Structure Isn’t the Holy Grail You’re Looking For” Jane Friedman Blog, October 25, 2021

“To Write a Better Memoir, Learn this F-Word,” Jane Friedman Blog, May 17, 2021

“3 Traps that Subvert Our Ability to Accept Feedback,” Jane Friedman Blog, March 9, 2021

“4 Voices that Can Help (or Hinder) Your Memoir,” Jane Friedman Blog, May 5, 2021

“Fix Your Scene Shapes to Quickly Improve Your Manuscript,” Jane Friedman Blog, February 10, 2021

“Writing from the Bottom Rung: How to Sustain Your Creativity During a Pandemic,” Jane Friedman Blog, April 3, 2020

“Failing Forward: Why Every Draft Counts,” Brevity Blog, March 21, 2019

“Schmoozing for Introverts: How to Network Like a Pro,” Jane Friedman Blog, March 19, 2019


Other Published Essays

“Our Beloved Writing Organizations Need Us. Now You Can Win Prizes for Helping Them” Brevity Blog, December 7, 2021

“Take the Giveaway4Good Challenge,” Brevity, December 14, 2020

“Here’s How to Care For Yourself During These Revolutionary Times,” Huffington Post, March 2017


Book Reviews

“REVIEW: Places We Left Behind: a memoir in miniature by Jennifer Lang,” Hippocampus Literary Magazine, September 10, 2023 Issue

“REVIEW: Stash: My Life in Hiding by Laura Cathcart Robbins,” Hippocampus Literary Magazine, April 10, 2023 Issue

“REVIEW: Plain: A Memoir of Mennonite Girlhood by Mary Alice Hostetter,” Hippocampus Literary Magazine, January, 17, 2023 Issue

“REVIEW: Crossing the River: Seven Stories that Saved My Life by Carol Smith,” Hippocampus Literary Magazine, July 2021 Issue

“A Review of Reema Zaman’s I Am Yours” Brevity, July 2021 Issue

“Re-examining the Stories We Tell About Our Lives: A Conversation with Memoirist Sharon Harrigan,” Huffington Post, September 2017

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