“…we don’t choose the forms our work takes. We feel the pressure, wait for the explosion, then stand back, stunned and speechless at the shape that emerges.”
Dani Shapiro, “A Memoir Is Not A Status Update” in The New Yorker

O magazine & Marie Claire

Wow, it’s been more than two months since I’ve posted. I’m still here – and still writing – albeit it was so infrequent the last couple of months because of the busy quarter at UCSC, where I taught two sections of the Core class at Kresge College. It’s a powerful class, covering academic essay writing, but also race, immigration, and gender/sexual orientation. With the Ferguson tragedy happening right as we were covering Anna Deveare Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, and immigration reforms announced as we read Peter Orner’s wonderful oral history collection Underground America, stories of undocumented immigrants, everything we talked about was timely and high-stakes. So the class had a really urgent, real-world feel rather than “I have to take this intro writing class ugh…” (At least – for the students – I hope!)
It’s hard to make a living as an adjunct, though. I appreciated this article very much today. I’m having a baby in June, and that’s starting to feel really real these days, so I’m thinking a lot about career moves. What I love most, that makes me happier than anything, is seeing my work in print, whether a byline in a magazine or of course that greatest satisfaction of on the cover of a book. This fall, I placed two essays, one in O magazine and the other in Marie Claire, the October and January issues respectively. The O piece was about a love of otters, among other things (for their “love your quirks” essay package), and the Marie Claire essay tells the story of strange coincidences that I, a skeptic, encountered after making a vision board against my will. Two articles was nearly equivalent to ten weeks (+more time for grading/reading/planning) of teacher salary. That makes me want to freelance full-time, especially with impending motherhood, but the question is, is it sustainable? Can you rely on selling two or more articles a month to top markets? I’m not sure, but I know the only way to find out if it’s do-able is to do it…

Special Event! One-Day Writing & Yoga Retreat at Beautiful Land of Medicine Buddha

Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Write your book, finish your screenplay, enhance your poetry, tell your story, get that ‘thing’ done (teacher training manual, dissertation, or whatever you’re feeling stuck on)! Get past saying, “one day” and make that day this day….
I will be leading the writing/workshops portion of a writing and yoga retreat. Open to all writers from aspiring to award-winning. This retreat will be beneficial for experienced writers to the newbie wanting to learn more. New yogis or advanced practitioners are welcome. This will also be great for someone just feeling ‘stuck energy’ in their life and could use the space to do some soul searching, release, and gain renewal and clarity.
More information here and here
Investment: Register by Sept. 15th – $125 (includes all workshops, lunch, access to stunning Land of Medicine Buddha facilities such as hot tub, sauna, and pool) After Sept. 15th the cost will be a sliding scale of $150-$200.
Payment can be made via cash, check, or paypal.
Contact me at liza DOT monroy AT gmail DOT com to register and save your spot – or just click here for a trip to PayPal.

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Joan Didion’s reassuring brilliance

Joan Didion on Telling Stories, the Economy of Words, Starting Out as a Writer, and Facing Rejection

October – San Francisco area writers’ retreat

I will be leading the writing/workshops portion of a writing and yoga retreat. Open to all writers from aspiring to award-winning. And all-levels yoga, even novices.

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Launch party for FourTwoNine in LA and Emillio Mesa’s Marriage Act Q&A

One of the coolest things about being a writer is the people you get to meet because of your work. For me, one of those people is Emillio Mesa, a writer and hospitality expert from New York City who is a semi-recent San Francisco transplant. He profiled me and The Marriage Act in famed writer and editor Kevin Sessums’ magazine FOUR TWO NINE, a gorgeous new San Francisco-based glossy. Because Emillio is resourceful and always up for adventure, we decided to make the trip down to LA for the magazine’s launch party on the roof of the W Hotel, where we jointly introduced ourselves as “PAGE 26.” Here are a couple pictures from the event, and Emillio’s original unedited Q&A!

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GluckRadio Podcast with Dr. Errol Gluck and Betsy Prioleau

Two relationships experts interviewed me about The Marriage Act, what marriage is and should be, and what Emir and I learned from our unconventional union. Check out the podcast here

An Interview With The Marriage Act’s Main “Characters”

This week, I interviewed “Penny” and “Emir” about their thoughts on being portrayed in a non-fiction book, whether my marriage to Emir was legal, illegal, or a gray area, and what they like and dislike about the book — and me.

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Love in the Time of DOMA…And Everything After

The latest piece about The Marriage Act — it’s all about love.20140306_XMT_NYC_PG018

Interview Magazine calls The Marriage Act

“a tender, true exploration of human relationships.”
Written with wit and wisdom, Monroy captures the mysterious essence of what tugs at our hearts, what makes certain human relationships love affairs, friendships, partnerships. The lines that divide us, the rings that bring us together, and how to find hope when it all falls apart.
Read the full interview here