Episode #4 – “The Glass Castle”

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

To be a good life story writer, I believe you have to be a good reader, especially of memoirs.

In this session, we take a look at an amazingly well-written memoir, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

We can learn so much from Walls’ writing style, her lack of judgment toward her parents, her ability to isolate a moment and turn it into an amazing scene, her attention-grabbing openings, and much more.

Let us know if you’ve read this book and, if so, what you thought about it.

Then write an attention-grabbing opening to a story and share it with us in the comments section below. Happy writing!

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Nancy Archibald
1 year ago

Dad was speechless when Darius, a local Hutterite boy, picked up his guitar from its case to play “White Lightning” to his sixteen-year-old daughter, Julia.

Linda Peterson
1 year ago

Wow! Gotta investigate those Hutterites farther!

Linda Peterson
1 year ago

“Mom! Denise! Wake up! We’re home! I wrote this beginning to not only a chapter, but the beginning of

my memoir, when a younger sister and I came home from school to find our mother and youngest sister

appearing to be asleep on the couch. As the story unfolds, it reveals something very different.

Kit Dwyer
1 year ago

A jaw-dropping opening sentence! Ill bet not many of us can imagine ourselves in that scene. This is a challenging exercise. I will give it more thought. Perhaps a list of story grabbers will be the result.

Etya Krichmar
1 year ago

I have not read the book yet, but it us sitting on top of my desk.

Etya Krichmar
1 year ago
Reply to  Patricia

I might start it today. Taking a break from editing.

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