Posts Tagged ‘memoir’

I’m a Guest Star! Imagine That…


Pennwriters Presents –

Our Guest Star will be Bobbi Carducci, short story, memoir and creative nonfiction writer, and author of STOREE WRYTER GETS A DOG, her first venture into writing for kids. She describes herself as a schizophrenic writer because of the variety of writing she does and in recognition of the voices in her head (her muse) that demand to be heard.
She also writes a monthly book review column for About Families Publications available in print and on line.

In addition to writing, Bobbi is the President of Community Voice Media, a small print publisher specializing in books by and for young people. She is the Executive Director of the Young Voices Foundation a 501 (c) (3) educational nonprofit established to mentor young writers http://www.youngvoicesfoundation.organd the creator or the Young Voices Awards honoring books that Inspire, Mentor, and/or Educate readers of all ages.

She is a long time member of Pennwriters and, as a resident of Virginia, is the Area 7 Representative to the Board of Directors. She is a writing coach and frequent presenter at writer’s conferences, including the upcoming Pennwriters Conference where she will present a workshop titled “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – How To Evoke Real Emotion In Your Memoir.”

Bobbi Carducci’s month-long online course, CREATIVE NONFICTION & MEMOIR WRITING, starts June 1, 2011. You’ll discover proven methods to convey real-life facts and events through story structure and character development with a focus on storytelling, personal essays, and feature writing. To learn how to write that great real-life story of yours and get it published, enroll now at .

Bobbi Carducci, also writing as Barbara Simpson Carducci, can be reached by email at or through Twitter @BobbiCarducci and Facebook. You can also visit her blog at or her website at

Topics to discuss with Bobbi Carducci include:

* Short story writing
* Creative nonfiction
* Writing for young readers
* Writing in general
* How to be an overnight success in 60 years or less
* The correlation between a well made Cosmopolitan and a happy marriage

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– Nate Hardy
Pennwriters Internet Activities Coordinator


If You Want to Write


1. READ  – Novels, Biographies, Books about Sports, signs along the road, read cereal boxes, read plays, read poems. Read  horror and sci fi and romance and mystery. Read blogs and text messages, read on line, use an e-reader or a ratty old book you found under your bed.

2. Learn and use the Rules of Grammar, Punctuation and Form

3. LISTEN- Listen to family stories, listen to music, listen to the news, listen to gossip (don’t repeat it – use it in a story or book or play), listen to little kids and old people. Listen to bird song and crickets. Listen to traffic sounds and hear the life in it. Listen to your dreams and your doubts and make stories out of what you hear.

4. READ – read comic books and graphic novels, read history books and the classics.

5. Write – Write about what you know and what you don’t know. Write about life and death and fish and bubble gum. Write about anything that comes into your head. Some of it will be great – a lot of it will not be great. It doesn’t matter as long as it gets your imagination going. This is how you entice your brain to cut loose with all the imagination stored in there. Let it out and use what you can, store the rest in a file on your computer. You might want it someday.

6. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. They don’t know what you can do. Only you can decide that. As long as you have ideas you can create stories. But you do have to learn the craft as well as the art. SEE RULE 2 AS OFTEN AS NEEDED.

7. READ – read blogs and text messages. Read on line, use a Kindle, fish that ratty old paperback out from under your bed and read it again.

8. Talk to other writers. Join a writers group if there is one near you. If there isn’t start one. 9. Submit  your work to a contest or for publication –FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES – ALL OF THEM.

10. Never give up. There is a place for you in the writing world.

Get Ready to Write


In advance of my online course on memoir and creative nonfiction writing I offer you this chance to practice a bit:

Write about three people that you have lost contact with. Write first about your relationship with each. Continue the exercise by writing about why, or if, you would like to reconnect with that person again.

Here are a few memoirs to inspire you. Authors include Elie Wiesel, Amy Chua, Michael Oher, Diane Ackerman, Gretchen Rubin, Steven Tyler, Andrew Ferguson, Abby Johnson, Cindy Lambert, Bethany Hamilton, Keith R. Ablow, Glenn Beck, John Elder Robison.  Click on the book cover for more information.

 Night Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kid into CollegeThe Long Goodbye One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage, and the Language of Healing I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to the Blind Side and Beyond Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-opening Journey Across the Lifeline Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's Battle Hymn of the Tiger MotherThe Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir

Creative Nonfiction and Memoir Writing Online Course


INSTRUCTOR: Bobbi Carducci

DATE: June 1 – July 1, 2011   LIMITED CLASS SIZE. Enroll now.


All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.”

William Shakespeare

 Discover proven methods to convey real-life facts and events through story structure and character development with a focus on storytelling, personal essays, and feature writing. In this online course, you will learn:

 * How to Begin

* Research

* Turning facts into drama

* Point of View

* Character Development

* How to handle family (What will they say, ethical dilemmas, etc.)

 FREE BONUS: Memoir writing tip sheet PLUS the first 10 people to register for the course will receive an autographed copy of the CUP OF COMFORT FOR SISTERS anthology featuring Bobbi Carducci’s creative nonfiction short story, “Changing Currents.”


“The success can be vouched for by the several participants who have gone on to submit works for publication…. Ms. Carducci’s talent, commitment, enthusiasm and integrity are unquestioned. Your patrons will be well served by any program in which she plays a part.” David Sackrider

 “Bobbi Carducci has that unique ability to write beautifully and share that talent with others. She has a special way of helping others without imposing her own unique style. Creative writing is her forte, but I am confident she can be (and is) a fantastic mentor to writers of all ages and genres. With her guidance and patience, my writing has improved significantly; and I am quickly moving toward achieving my 2011 publishing goals.” Suzanne Walls

 “Her lectures were full with current news on how to market oneself and with what is known as the business of writing. She is very knowledgeable about this and clearly gave us all the information we wanted and needed to get our ‘stuff’ out there. Clara Bowman-Jahn

 “I took Bobbi Carducci’s “Writing Memoirs” class… Even though I have been writing for years, I found her class to be extremely helpful. Bobbie Carducci is the type of teacher who immediately puts her students at ease as she begins to weave her instruction through memoir examples, immediately bringing home the points she is trying to make…. I would gladly take another course from her.” Linda Sittig 

Pennwriters Online Courses…“Building Careers, One Course At A Time”. We have high satisfaction scores and repeat customer rates—read more of our Testimonials!

 Get that great real-life story of yours published! LIMITED CLASS SIZE. Enroll now.

 $79 ($89 non-Pennwriters members) $89 ($99 non-Pennwriters members)



Bobbi Carducci is a former senior staff writer for a Washington, D.C. area newspaper and currently writes a monthly book review column for About Families Publications. Her short stories appear in the CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL and CUP OF COMFORT anthologies. Her first book for young readers, STOREE WRYTER GETS A DOG, is avalable now. Bobbi is a long time member of Pennwriters and is currently on the Pennwriters Board of Directors. She is a frequent speaker at writing conferences and serves as judge for the annual Mom’s Choice and Benjamin Franklin Book Awards. In her capacity as Founder and Director of the Young Voices Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) educational nonprofit established to mentor young writers, she created the Young Voices Awards honoring books that Inspire, Mentor and/or Educate Readers of all ages. To contact Bobbi Carducci, email her at bcarducci@comcast.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Aroma Therapy


 It’s Valentine’s Day and even though my husband and I joke about it being a day for amateurs and eschew the purchase of overpriced flowers and gifts we do participate in small ways. There was a card waiting for him on the sink in the bathroom when he got up this morning and another sitting on the keyboard when he sat down to check his email before leaving for work. There are more scattered around the house for him to find later in the day. Two are full of love and appreciation for all he is and all he does for me, our children, and all the other people he reaches out to through the year. The rest of the cards are filled with the kind of irreverent wit that has served us so well for twenty-three years and counting.

He sees me at my best and at my worst and loves both incarnations, insisting that both are beautiful. I think he means it.

 One of my most cherished memories is a time early in our marriage when I was very sick with the flu. I was coughing constantly, my nose was running and I had a fever that didn’t want to break. There was no denying I looked as bad as I felt. I hadn’t had a decent night sleep in days and felt about as miserable as a woman could. Not only did he bring me juice and tea and medicine but just when I thought there would be no relief from my misery he curled up beside me, put his arms around me, and began to sing. He doesn’t have the best voice in the world but ever since that magical moment whenever he breaks into song I remember how loved I am and smile with happiness that he is my forever Valentine.

He even puts up with my quirky habit of sniffing his neck when we hug. I do it at other times too, especially when I’m stressed. I also do it for no other reason than I enjoy it. There is something about his scent that soothes me. Perhaps that was another reason I felt so bad when I was sick. I needed my aroma therapy and there was no way his unique scent could get through my stuffed up nose.

 For us romance isn’t about Valentine’s Day. It’s about every day, through sickness and in health, one off key song and gentle sniff at time.

On Writing Memoirs


My friend and fellow blogger, Clar Bowan-Jahn, is writing about memoirs today. As a memoir writer I find the comments very interesting as they serves as a reminder that it’s not enough to have a story to tell. You must tell it well. Go to to read her blog titled:

3 Memoirs That Should Not Have Been Written and 1 That Was OK

Thank you Clar for all you do and all you are.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words


Sign up for my 2 day writing workshop A Picture is Worth a Thoudand Words and learn to evoke real emotion in memoir or personal essays. Participants are encouraged to bring an assortment of candid photos taken at significant moments in their life to use as inspiration in this interactive workshop. Come prepared to write and share.”

Pennwriters 2011 Writers Conference.

Registration Opens March 1st.

When? May 13-15 2011 

 Where? Pittsburgh Airport Marriott, Pittsburgh, PA