Join Robyn McIntyre as she moderates #LitChat’s Writing Wednesday: Dear Diary: Fiction and Diaries, April 15, 2015 at 4 p.m. E.T. Follow the Twitter hashtag #LitChat or join in via our designated Nurph channel at Frank Diary Exhibit

W.H. Auden kept a diary which he hoped made up for what he thought was his deficiency in being observant. Anais Nin is famous for her diaries, which she felt helped bring a sense of naturalness and spontaneity to her work. And would Thoreau be so well known now if not for the journal he kept on Walden Pond? Other famous authors who were diarists include Virginia Wolfe, Andre Gide, Oscar Wilde, and Alice Walker.

Naturally, keeping a journal is not exclusive to writers, but a great number of authors say that keeping a daily diary or journal has enriched their writing and the experience of writing. And not a few authors have turned to the diary as a way of telling a story.

The Diary of Mrs. Pepys, The Color Purple, Bridget Jones’ Diary, Dracula, Super Sad Love Story, and Carrie; the epistolary or diary form of a book is found in all genres. Even in nonfiction form, a diary can be a powerful storyteller. For example, 84 Charing Cross Road and perhaps the most famous diary of all, The Diary of Anne Frank.

In this session of Writing Wednesday with Robyn McIntyre we’ll talk about the diary—how keeping one may improve your writing and how diaries have been used as a vehicle for telling stories.

Suggested Reading:

Famous Writers on Keeping a Diary

Dear Diary, How Did You Become Part of Our Literary Culture?

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