From Bushwick to Bay Ridge: A History of Brooklyn Wandering

From Bushwick to Bay Ridge: A History of Brooklyn Wandering

After a decade of wandering through New York trying to live affordably while becoming a writer, I have landed in a surprising and underappreciated nook of this city.
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Finding the Narrative Needle in Your Life’s Haystack

Finding the Narrative Needle in Your Life’s Haystack

What the one-line joke can teach you about effective storytelling.
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THE MEMOIR SERIES: Start Here

THE MEMOIR SERIES: Start Here

A full list of all the topics covered in School of Fiction's flagship "Memoir Series." Find content that's already published and see what more is coming soon.
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“School of Nonfiction,” Wha–?

“School of Nonfiction,” Wha–?

Fresh ideas. A new community. An ending and a beginning.
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Can Writing Be Taught? (Yes.)

Can Writing Be Taught? (Yes.)

Writing is a discipline, with techniques and practices that can be learned. And whatever can be learned, can be taught.
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Top 5 Writing Books For Every Memoirist

Top 5 Writing Books For Every Memoirist

We all have our favorites. These are mine -- from the essential to the light-hearted to the deep and comprehensive.
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My Top Ten Rules for Memoir Writing

My Top Ten Rules for Memoir Writing

Some rules for memoirists, some obvious, some less so.
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Your Reader is Not Your Therapist: And other thoughts on memoir writing

Your Reader is Not Your Therapist: And other thoughts on memoir writing

Some people confuse memoir writing with therapy. Here's why they're wrong.
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A Raizel by Any Other Name

A Raizel by Any Other Name

Sean?!” my mother asked. “That’s what you go by now?” Her disdain was obvious, but I needed a moniker that jibed with the ethnically neutral persona I now sought.
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Who Am I?

My name is Shulem Deen, and I am passionate about all forms of nonfiction writing.

For over a decade, I have been studying, writing, editing, and coaching nonfiction writing in its various forms, with a focus on memoir, opinion essays, cultural criticism, and creative exposition.

Nonfiction writing is the thing I know, do, and teach well.

For a more official bio (and a photo showing me to be of sterner stuff than I really am) can be found here: Bio and Contact.

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