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Charles Deemer

Editor,
Oregon Literary Review

MFA, Playwriting, University of Oregon

Writing faculty, Portland State University (part-time)

Retired playwright and screenwriter.
Active novelist, librettist and teacher.

Email: cdeemer(at)yahoo(dot)com

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The Writing Life II

(Posts archived here are from 01/10/03 - 10/31/06)

 
Friday, January 27, 2006  
More on scumbag
One critic offered a great solution to the memoirist scandal: anyone gets a full refund by bringing the book to any bookstore, then the bookstore sends them collect to the publisher to get fully reimbursed ... AND the publisher forgets all the b.s. qualifying forewords and instead prints two words on the cover: A NOVEL ... and shelves it accordingly.

Meanwhile, here is an honest writer, Andrea Hoag:

"I originally sold the idea for 'The Ruins of California' as a memoir for a nice advance, and it was going to be about my California bachelor father and his incredible parade of girlfriends and what it was like to grow up in his unconventional world. After a year or so, I found I couldn't write about it if I had to write the truth. It was going to hurt too many people!"

Luckily, the longtime journalist explored another approach, ensuring that her touching story of a quirky father-daughter bond would still see the light of day.

"Finally I decided that the only way to write it was to be free of the non-fiction rules of telling the truth ...," Sherrill sighed good-naturedly. "So I'm still paying back that advance, month by month!"

How refreshing!

1/27/2006 02:55:00 PM | 2 comments

Comments:
Nice to see there are some people who still believe in what they're doing - both personally and professionally.

- A
 
thanks for the fresh take on this. interesting. it's definitely getting a lot of debates going on around here.
hope all's well with the writing.
two acceptances (though small) this week an a big piece on my blog coming out on feb. 1.
best,
katey
www.thewritinglife2.blogspot.com
 
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