Mardi Link is the New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs and three books of true crime. Bootstrapper: From Broke to Baddass on a Northern Michigan Farm (Knopf) was an IndieNext pick, won the Elle Reader’s Prize, the Housatonic Book Award for Creative Nonfiction, the Bookseller’s Choice Award, and was a Michigan Notable Book. Academy- Award winning actress Rachel Weisz optioned the film rights. The tenth anniversary edition of her first book, When Evil Came to Good Hart (Univ. of Mich. Press), including a new afterword, was released in 2018. Mardi’s essays have been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, the Detroit Free Press, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Bellingham Review, among other places. In 2019 she responded to cultural attacks on the First Amendment by returning to her first love — the newsroom. Mardi is working as an enterprise reporter for the Traverse City Record-Eagle. She lives with her husband and two dogs on the small farm featured in Bootstrapper.
Memoir: A Good Place for Bad Decisions
Has anyone ever told you your life should be a book? Did you have weird parents, go on adventures in fascinating places, or just make some bad life decisions? Welcome to the party. No one wants to read a true story that goes like this: “Her childhood was idyllic, her life unfolded blissfully, she got exactly what she wanted, the end.” Memoir is the container for your mistakes, your near-misses, your character flaws. And yet, none of those things will be enough on their own. Readers crave more. It isn’t just what happened to you, it isn’t just what you made happen. For a memoir to succeed you'll need to write about what you made of those events. Who are you today because of what you experienced yesterday? That’s the person we’ll uncover in this workshop.