Writing Out Loud Sisterhood Inner Circle

Monthly Membership Program for Women Who Are Done with Silence


Writing Out Loud Sisterhood Inner Circle

Monthly Membership Program

Anne Panning talks about her new memoir

Dragonfly Notes: On Distance and Loss


Marilyn Bousquin

Celebrated essayist and fiction writer Anne Panning’s first memoir Dragonfly Notes: On Distance and Loss begins, “My mother appears regularly to me in the form of a dragonfly, or so I like to think.” From there she draws on decades of memory and experience, from her childhood home in rural Minnesota to the riverbanks of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, to piece together the hard truths about her own past and her mother’s in the wake of her mother’s premature death after a routine medical procedure.

In this conversational interview, Anne opens up about her deep need to write this memoir and how it has touched her readers in a way that is different from her previous works of fiction (ah, the connective power of memoir!). She is candid about the demands–and rewards–that come with writing past silence, and she lets us in on how her family responded to the publication of this book. And those dragonflies? Well, let’s just say that one of the most surprisings facts she learned about the life cycle of a dragonfly in researching this book lands a perfect 10 as a metaphor for the story she tells.

Anne is a gifted writer and generous teacher. She shares memoir writing tips and takes us into her own writing process. And her voice, oh, her voice! Just wait till you hear her sing. Yes, I said sing. Get ready to put your hand to your heart and leave this soulful interview encouraged to write past your own silences with renewed confidence in your story and the guts and grit to tell it.


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