Posted on 11/17/2021 at 09:26 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

No matter what religion or culture you belong to, this time of year is chock-full of holidays — meaning family time, or at least memories of it.

If that inspires you (or has already inspired you) to write autobiographically, writer and editor Katie Bannon has some timely advice for you.

Specifically, she explains how to (and why) write nuanced portrayals of your family, with a focus on your parents.

Whether you have nothing but fond memories about them or rage toward them, Bannon says, you must depict them as complicated individuals.

Otherwise the reader will question your reliability as a narrator and struggle to connect with your parents.

Bannon's tips on writing compassionately about parents is up at Jane Friedman’s blog. 

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