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Huda Al-Marashi: The Journey of Publishing a Memoir

Huda Al-Marashi is a 1997 Santa Clara graduate and author of First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story, a memoir the Washington Post called "a charming, funny, heartbreaking memoir of faith, family, and the journey to love."


She visited the staff at the Santa Clara Review in Fall 2019 to share her process for writing her memoir and answer staff questions. Whether or not you’re a writer, Huda will give you new tips and inspiration on storytelling and persistence.

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Timestamps of Key Topics

4:30 - How she got started writing

6:25 - Where to enter the story

10:15 - Show don’t tell vs. tell

10:50 – The process of querying and revising

13:05 – how to craft a “desire line”

16:10 – how to write a personalized query

22:15 – dealing with negative feedback

25:40 – her family’s response

33:50 - How to “research your life”

35:40 - Is it cathartic or therapeutic to write a memoir?

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