I'm currently revising a memoir entitled Everything You Can't Control. The story chronicles my journey not only of struggle but also of triumph as I grapple with a mixed (manic/depressive) episode. All I want to do is teach middle school and at the end of the day, come home to my devoted husband, but when bipolar disorder causes a psychotic break that derails my career and threatens my relationships, I must fight my way back to reality and decide what I really want in life before I lose my job and the people who matter most. The book tackles key issues in modern mental health including employment discrimination, the taboo of suicide, and the way we see others as well as the empathy and kindness we show them. Read an excerpt originally published on Catapult.

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Our competitive 12-month memoir generator course is designed to help students create and refine a submission-ready draft. Alongside a group of talented peers and under the guidance of an accomplished mentor, writers spend a year together building their books from the ground up. As part of their graduation showcase, our 2021 generator students have been…

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