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Mira Ptacin is an award-winning memoirist, narrative journalist, editor, and book doula.


Mira Ptacin is a literary journalist, memoirist, New York Times best-selling ghostwriter, editor, and professor of creative writing. She is the author of the award-winning memoir Poor Your Soul (Soho Press, 2016), which was named a best book of the year by Kirkus Books, where it received a rare “starred” review. She’s also the author of the genre-blending book of feminist history, memoir, and ethnography, The In-Betweens: The Spiritualists, Mediums, and Legends of Camp Etna (Liveright-W.W. Norton, 2019), which the New York Times lauded as the best book to read during a pandemic. Mira’s writing frequently appears in the New York Times, New York Times Book Review, Vogue, Poets and Writers, Harper’s, Tin House, LitHub, and more. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was editor-at-large of their literary magazine, LUMINA. Mira lives on Peaks Island, Maine, and is currently working on her next book. 


Poor Your Soul

Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York

The In-Betweens

Get Out of My Crotch: Twenty-One Writers Respond to America's War on Women's Rights and Reproductive Health

My Books

upcoming events

Beneath the Iceberg: A Hybrid Introduction to Memoir Saturday, April 20th, 2024

10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

via Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance

Portland, Maine, AND via Zoom

Click HERE for more information

To Catharsis & Beyond: a Micro-Memoir Flash Nonfiction 4-Week Generative Zoom Workshop with Mira Ptacin, Starts Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

Through Writing Workshops

Class will meet weekly via Zoom for 2 Hours on Tuesdays starting at 6:00PM - 8:00PM Eastern

Registration now open


Jan. 18 - Feb. 6, 2024

Maine Media Workshops

Entering Through the Side Door:

Flash Nonfiction Writing with Mira Ptacin

Duration: 12 hours over 6 sessions

(Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-3pm)  
Workshop Location: Online

Click here for more info

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Slice of Life memoir workshop

Maine Writer and Publisher's Alliance 

Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine

CLASS IS FULL. To join waitlist, email Meghan at

Wednesday, April 26

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Print Bookstore, 273 Congress St., Portland

Katy Kelleher and Mira Ptacin discuss The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Essays on Desire and Consumption

Tuesday, May 2

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Bunker Brewing Co, 17 Westfield Street, Portland

Hannah Matthews and Mira Ptacin discuss You or Someone You Love: Reflections from an Abortion Doula

May 5 - May 7

The Rangeley Inn, Rangeley Maine

June 26 - June 30

Maine Media Workshops

70 Camden St., Rockport

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