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Let It Bleed: How to Write a Rockin' Memoir

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Author of the international bestseller I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, Pamela Des Barres shares with women the art of memoir writing. For the last fourteen years, Pamela Des Barres has been teaching an eight-week women's "femoir" writing workshop. She found that the music-loving ladies who showed up at her door had pent-up stories to tell. Many of them had rea Author of the international bestseller I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, Pamela Des Barres shares with women the art of memoir writing. For the last fourteen years, Pamela Des Barres has been teaching an eight-week women's "femoir" writing workshop. She found that the music-loving ladies who showed up at her door had pent-up stories to tell. Many of them had read her two memoirs, which were wildly personal and deeply confessional, and felt comfortable opening up and experiencing that same freedom of expression. In this book, Des Barres guides women through the process of writing their memoirs. She has developed exercises to help her "dolls" recall, remember, relive, and reveal their memories, transgressions, temptations, their sleepless nights and brilliant afternoons, loves and losses, fears and regrets, secrets, sins, and sorrows. The assignments in Femoir have proven incredibly cathartic for her students. Just as intimate as one of her in-person workshops, this book includes some of Des Barres's own stories, as well as those of the women she's taught. Every person has an incredible story to tell--they just need to figure out how to tell it. By understanding themselves better through these writing exercises, women learn to be more fearless, free-spirited, and willing to try something new.


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Author of the international bestseller I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, Pamela Des Barres shares with women the art of memoir writing. For the last fourteen years, Pamela Des Barres has been teaching an eight-week women's "femoir" writing workshop. She found that the music-loving ladies who showed up at her door had pent-up stories to tell. Many of them had rea Author of the international bestseller I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, Pamela Des Barres shares with women the art of memoir writing. For the last fourteen years, Pamela Des Barres has been teaching an eight-week women's "femoir" writing workshop. She found that the music-loving ladies who showed up at her door had pent-up stories to tell. Many of them had read her two memoirs, which were wildly personal and deeply confessional, and felt comfortable opening up and experiencing that same freedom of expression. In this book, Des Barres guides women through the process of writing their memoirs. She has developed exercises to help her "dolls" recall, remember, relive, and reveal their memories, transgressions, temptations, their sleepless nights and brilliant afternoons, loves and losses, fears and regrets, secrets, sins, and sorrows. The assignments in Femoir have proven incredibly cathartic for her students. Just as intimate as one of her in-person workshops, this book includes some of Des Barres's own stories, as well as those of the women she's taught. Every person has an incredible story to tell--they just need to figure out how to tell it. By understanding themselves better through these writing exercises, women learn to be more fearless, free-spirited, and willing to try something new.

30 review for Let It Bleed: How to Write a Rockin' Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    I'm actually referencing this book in the writing classes I teach. This is how you get to truth on the page. I'm actually referencing this book in the writing classes I teach. This is how you get to truth on the page.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda L.

    I'm on my second reading. It's like riding the roller coaster of emotions. I'm laughing hysterically one minute, the next, crying over a sisters pain. And once again, Miss Pamela opens up her heart and soul, sharing her mythical life with new escapades that resonate with not only women, but the dudes too. Love love loving it! I'm on my second reading. It's like riding the roller coaster of emotions. I'm laughing hysterically one minute, the next, crying over a sisters pain. And once again, Miss Pamela opens up her heart and soul, sharing her mythical life with new escapades that resonate with not only women, but the dudes too. Love love loving it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mandee Seeley

    This is the ONLY writing book that has ever actually motivated me to write. One night, I spent 2 hours going prompt to prompt. The questions really make you dig deep inside yourself. Fantastic book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anne Raso

    I am one of the lucky ladies who gets to have class with Miss Pamela in NYC twice per year and on my bucket list is getting to go on her Rock 'N Roll Tour of LA. I have an essay in this book and I am very proud of that fact--but you will read 100 or more great personal essays in Let It Bleed, some of them about rock and roll adventures and some of them just very unique memoirist essays that about are all sorts of personal situations from the everyday to the outrageous. I consider Miss Pamela not I am one of the lucky ladies who gets to have class with Miss Pamela in NYC twice per year and on my bucket list is getting to go on her Rock 'N Roll Tour of LA. I have an essay in this book and I am very proud of that fact--but you will read 100 or more great personal essays in Let It Bleed, some of them about rock and roll adventures and some of them just very unique memoirist essays that about are all sorts of personal situations from the everyday to the outrageous. I consider Miss Pamela not only a legend because of I'm With The Band but I love all her books. You will see the very best of her memoir writing class "prompts" and personal essays in this book. Miss P's classes are like therapy as well as lessons in memoir writing which makes them extra special. She is a unique person who is open about every aspect of her life, but what happens in class stays in class, LOL! We are all very open when we share the stories of our past! I hear that Miss P will soon have classes for guys, too so be sure to check that out on her official site, www.pameladesbarres.net.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deangelis4

    I love this book because it's written with love and insight from Pamela Des Barres, because she didn't start out as a teacher of memoir writing, but boy, does she give great advice on how anyone should write their own stories. You can tell that she's a fan of writers and authors and of (like the title states), letting it bleed... Full disclaimer: I've taken her writing workshops for ten years, so I know that her advice is real and on-the-money, but I thoroughly enjoyed it in book form. I love this book because it's written with love and insight from Pamela Des Barres, because she didn't start out as a teacher of memoir writing, but boy, does she give great advice on how anyone should write their own stories. You can tell that she's a fan of writers and authors and of (like the title states), letting it bleed... Full disclaimer: I've taken her writing workshops for ten years, so I know that her advice is real and on-the-money, but I thoroughly enjoyed it in book form.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I am taking a memoir writing class from Pamela Des Barres and this is our textbook, so it's impossible to separate the book from the class. But that being said, this has been a huge help in my writing, and has made it so much easier to do the thing that is most important...just write! The book is made up of 12-minute prompts and some inspirational writing from past students, and just sitting down and writing for 12 minutes, no stopping or editing or preplanning, has definitely improved my writin I am taking a memoir writing class from Pamela Des Barres and this is our textbook, so it's impossible to separate the book from the class. But that being said, this has been a huge help in my writing, and has made it so much easier to do the thing that is most important...just write! The book is made up of 12-minute prompts and some inspirational writing from past students, and just sitting down and writing for 12 minutes, no stopping or editing or preplanning, has definitely improved my writing skills and honed my voice, and made my procrastination nearly disappear. If you don't have a writing class, share this with a friend, because sharing these tales with a group of remarkable people is the icing on the cake.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karla

    Pamela has a true talent for this stuff As a writing instructor, I’ve always used prompts and questions to get my students juices flowing. Pamela does that here, providing examples from her students and her own life as well. If you’ve read her earlier works, you know she’s no holds barred and cuts deep, but she connects with her audience and students with an equal amount of tenderness and charm. Like a fun aunt you want to hang out with at the family reunion, she shows us her storytelling techniq Pamela has a true talent for this stuff As a writing instructor, I’ve always used prompts and questions to get my students juices flowing. Pamela does that here, providing examples from her students and her own life as well. If you’ve read her earlier works, you know she’s no holds barred and cuts deep, but she connects with her audience and students with an equal amount of tenderness and charm. Like a fun aunt you want to hang out with at the family reunion, she shows us her storytelling techniques and inspires us to shed our own blood on the page with a few drops of sweat and tears mixed in. Great fun and will use again and again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Denise Fisher

    Unexpectedly great, helpful book. I would like to write a memoir, it might be good because I've had some interesting things happen to me. This book is much better than others I've looked at on the same topic. This book also had many written examples of what the author thought you should include in your memoir. This author was the last person I would have expected to be a really good teacher-writer! Unexpectedly great, helpful book. I would like to write a memoir, it might be good because I've had some interesting things happen to me. This book is much better than others I've looked at on the same topic. This book also had many written examples of what the author thought you should include in your memoir. This author was the last person I would have expected to be a really good teacher-writer!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Korie Brown

    Good prompts, good examples by other writers, but not much instruction. That is I think the point - but then it becomes a rather overpriced gathering of prompts? Maybe I am being too harsh.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michele Gardiner

    Great prompts to get the creative ideas flowing, along with encouraging words and on writing and story telling.

  11. 4 out of 5

    David Dewata

    Sesuai judulnya tapi bukan yg saya cari

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Meh. There are writing craft books aplenty out there and this isn't one I'd keep on my shelf or pass on to the budding writer. Meh. There are writing craft books aplenty out there and this isn't one I'd keep on my shelf or pass on to the budding writer.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Deana

    I skimmed through this book as it seemed more about the writer than writing itself. It would probably be interesting for other rock groupies to read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sara Goldenberg

    I preferred read the non-memoir part.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Allison

    How to write a rockin memoir, if you’re a chick.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris M.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ronnie

  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Valeria

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth

  29. 4 out of 5

    Harleigh Cutts

  30. 4 out of 5

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