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  • The Power of Memoir: Finding Your Stories

    The Power of Memoir: Finding Your Stories

    Writing a memoir is a powerful act. That is why my book is called The Power of Memoir. The act of remembering, writing, and exploring the deepest reaches of the heart takes courage, and it will change you. Writing a memoir is a way to value yourself and your story, to honor...

  • Finding the Heart of Compassion for Family—Write a Memoir

    Finding the Heart of Compassion for Family—Write a Memoir

          When you are writing a memoir, your childhood comes to life, along with the stories of your family. As the narrator, you shape the story through your own experience, and tell the truth about your life as you experienced it. Most people grow up thinking...

  • Quilting Your Memoir: Your Turning Points and Timeline by Linda Joy Myers

    Quilting Your Memoir: Your Turning Points and Timeline by Linda Joy Myers

    When you write a memoir, you take on the task of exploring your life and being willing to write with truth and honesty. Writing a memoir is a journey that leads us away from known territory into the unknown and unexplored parts of our lives. We need a map to guide us as we...

  • Louise DeSalvo—Memoir and Healing

    Louise DeSalvo—Memoir and Healing

    It’s always exciting to talk with an author you’ve admired for many years.  Louise DeSalvo is the author of five memoirs, a scholarly book about Virginia Woolf, Writing as Way of Healing and several other books that explore the lives and works of literary giants like...

  • Tips To Defeat the Inner Critic as you Write Your Memoir

    Tips To Defeat the Inner Critic as you Write Your Memoir

    7 Tips To defeat the inner critic that comes up in the Muddy Middle of Your Memoir--we all get stuck in the middle of our memoir--but there are many ways to escape the critic voices that slow you down. Learn how in this blog post by the founder of the National Association...

  • Your Memoir as a Movie

    Your Memoir as a Movie

    Do you love movies? To me, there’s nothing so satisfying as sitting down to immerse myself in a new story. The first few moments need to capture my attention so I can’t look away. I make sure my tea is nearby, and that my kitties are ready to settle down on my lap. Once...

  • For Don and Bruce, Who Died Because They Were Different

    For Don and Bruce, Who Died Because They Were Different

    I’ve been teary today as I watched the crowd gather at the Supreme Court, as I watched people celebrate all over the United States, as I listened to President Obama speak about this momentous day where the law finally affirms full respect of LGBT people. I find myself...

  • Celebrate the Healing Power of Words during Mental Health Awareness Week

    Celebrate the Healing Power of Words during Mental Health Awareness Week

    This is “Mental Health Week.” It amazes and pleases me to see that there is a week set aside in our culture where we’re invited to celebrate health of the mind. In contrast to the fifties when I grew up, nowadays we’re informed about things that previously could not...

  • Is Writing a Memoir on Your Bucket List? Free webinar June 1!

    Is Writing a Memoir on Your Bucket List? Free webinar June 1!

    Is Memoir on Your Bucket List? If so, let this be the year you make it happen! This free 1-hour is a celebration of the memoir phenomenon, and an exploration of why now is a fantastic time to start and/or finish your memoir

    Letters from My Mother—A Mother’s Day Story
    Letters from My Mother—A Mother’s Day Story

    Until my mother died, I tried to get her to claim/love me. When I was twenty, she’d made it clear that no one in Chicago where she lived knew that she had a daughter, and I was not to call her mother—thus the title of my memoir. I loved my mother despite her rejections...