“Memoir that bears witness to history, I’ve come to realize, is never a simple matter of finishing,” author Mimi Schwartz writes at the end of the preface to her new memoir, Good Neighbors, Bad Times Revisited, about her Jewish father’s pre-WWII German village. “‘That’s how it was’ changes with each new angle of vision—be it … Continue reading →
About Mimi Schwartz
Mimi's books include Good Neighbors, Bad Times Revisited (2021), When History Is Personal (2018); Good Neighbors, Bad Times (2008); Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed (2002); and the ever-popular Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction (2006) with Sondra Perl. Awards include the Foreword Bronze Book of the Year Award in Memoir, the Florida Review Editor’s Prize, and the New Hampshire Outstanding Literary Nonfiction Award, among others. Ten essays are Notables in the Best American Essays Series and her short work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Tikkun, The Missouri Review, Creative Nonfiction, Arts & Letters, Agni, among others. She is Professor Emerita in writing at Richard Stockton University and lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Visit her website https://mimischwartz.net/ to order the book and to learn more about Mimi.
In their book, Writing True: The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction, writers and writing professors Sondra Perl and Mimi Schwartz offer a straightforward, encouraging look at how any of us can write our own moving and insightful accounts of life experiences. In addition, they include an anthology of creative nonfiction and offer tips on … Continue reading →
This essay is reprinted here from Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed by Mimi Schwartz by permission of the University of Nebraska Press. Copyright 2002 by Mimi Schwartz. Available wherever books are sold or from the University of Nebraska Press, 800.526.2617 and on the web at nebraskapress.unl.edu. No further use may be made of these materials … Continue reading →
This article originally appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle, October/November 2001 I made up my mind at the beginning of my writing life not to write about my family and friends, since I want them to remain my family and friends. –Novelist Carol Shields Write what you know!” is the advice given freely to writers not … Continue reading →
This week’s article begins with an excerpt from Mimi Schwartz’s memoir, Thoughts from a Queen-Sized Bed. Entitled “Jimmy and June, ” this second essay in the collection illustrates the way Mimi Schwartz writes about ordinary life to “get it just right,” a phrase her husband used describing his reaction when he first read it at … Continue reading →