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Melanie Brooks

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Melanie Brooks is a writer, teacher, and mother living in Nashua, New Hampshire with her husband, two children, and yellow Lab. She received her master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program. She teaches college writing at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and Merrimack College in Andover, Massachusetts. She also teaches creative writing at Nashua Community College in New Hampshire. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Bustle, Hippocampus, The Huffington Post, Modern Loss, Solstice Literary Magazine, The Recollectors, The Stonecoast Review and Word Riot.

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Melanie Brooks When I first began to write my own memoir exploring a story of trauma that I'd carried for over thirty years, I was caught off-guard by the overwhelmi…moreWhen I first began to write my own memoir exploring a story of trauma that I'd carried for over thirty years, I was caught off-guard by the overwhelming emotional toll of re-entering those memories. I felt paralyzed, and, at times, I wondered if I would survive. I wanted to find out how other memoirists who'd written through their difficult stories had coped with these feelings. I began reading interviews and found that no one was really asking the questions I most needed answers to. How did it feel? What was it like? How did you cope? So, I decided to contact memoirists whose stories had moved me and ask them these questions. The generosity and encouragement of their words were the lifeline that I needed to keep writing my story, and I wanted to share that lifeline with other writers who might need that same kind of mooring. I also realized that the words found in the pages of Writing Hard Stories are not only for writers. They are for everyone facing difficult experiences to let them know they are not alone.(less)
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