Mardi Link, Memoir

(c) Michael BrantleyMardi Link is the author of Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass On a Northern Michigan Farm. Her memoir tells how, over the course one hard year, Mardi faced single motherhood and financial ruin but held onto her three young sons, her century-old farmhouse, and her sense of humor.  Bootstrapper won the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Choice Award for 2013, the Michigan Notable Book Award, and was called "A heroic-comic saga of single motherhood and pure stubbornness," by Garriosn Keillor. Mardi‚Äôs personal essays have been published in the Bear River Review, Bellingham Review, Creative Nonfiction, The Detroit Free Press, Publishers Weekly, and Terrain.  She studied journalism and agriculture at Michigan State University and is working toward an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. She lives in Traverse City, Michigan, on The Big Valley, the small farm featured in her memoir.

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Workshop: The Truth of Your Life

We are in the golden age of real. Everyone has a story to tell, and you don't have to be a celebrity or a daredevil to live an interesting, book-worthy life. Actually, wisdom and grace is more likely to be found in the truth of the ordinary. So the task is, how do we write the truth of our lives in such a way that people we've never met will want to read about it? As writers delving into our own lives, we need to do more than just be interesting to ourselves. We need to write about our experiences in a way that transforms them from memory into story. Through the fictional staples of character development and scene setting, with a balance of action and reflection, your life can indeed enthrall readers. Through the specific, your true story can become universal.

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