How to Write the Story of Your Life

Some advice from outside the white male literary canon

Terese Mailhot
Gay Mag

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1. You don’t need to be “educated” to write.

II did not read the white literary canon. My mother dragged me out of the classroom the day we were supposed to read Huckleberry Finn. She said I didn’t need to read that word two-hundred times to know it was wrong…

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Terese Mailhot
Gay Mag

New York Times Bestselling author of HEART BERRIES: A MEMOIR. Work in Pacific Standard, Elle, Longreads, Guernica, LA Times, and elsewhere.