writing life

Beginning the book

I’ve got an idea for a book, and I’ve got some drafts of pieces. So what’s next? Well, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to structure the book overall. [...]

My own private MFA: the final project proposal

I’m writing a memoir. It’s a memoir about the aftermath of two—no, three—major events which have affected my life. The first event is my father’s death. He died when I was 10 years old. The second event is the Japanese American incarceration of World War II, which affected my father’s life and continues to affect my own. The third event, the one that made me turn to writing this project at all, is the loss of my job and my return to the writing life. [...]