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Memoir and The Legacy of Mental Illness

  I spoke with Victoria Costello, author of A Lethal Inheritance at the National Association of Memoir Writers member teleseminar. about the legacy of mental illness. Those of us who come from families with hidden or diagnosed mental illness feel “Other,” the ghosts of our legacies chasing us in our dreams, making us shrink down in our waking life. In…

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The Power of Writing to Heal — Excerpt from The Power of Memoir

        Forgiveness means letting go of the past.                                                                                                                 –Gerald Jampolsky For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in healing. As I grew up, I learned that I was the third daughter in my multi-generational family to be abandoned by a mother, and I was desperate to break a pattern that I’d seen cause…

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Poetry and Art–Early Memoir Snapshots

To write a memoir is to embark on a long journey of the imagination and of memory. My path of gathering memories, images, and stories was first through autobiographical art–painting, collage, etching, and mixed media. But I knew that words were necessary as well, and began to capture moments through poetry. From time to time, I’ll post some of the…

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Memoir Writing Workshops and your Creative Journey

  By the time you read these words, the “I” that wrote them will have forgotten what it was, though the it lingers on, haunting the paper, unheard until you happen across it and your energy field activates it. –Margaret Atwood We write into the unknown, we launch ourselves onto tiny rafts of words so lacy and insubstantial that we…

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Healing through Creative Writing (It helps to get inspired by writing in Paris)

Tips for Finding the Creative Spark Within As a memoir coach, I’m blessed to meet so many people with a passion for creativity and writing. But to live that passion, we often have to conquer a fierce adversary: the inner critic! It demands perfect grammar and eloquent language. If we were “real” writers and if we were really creative, we…

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Jaycee Lee Dugard—Her Memoir as Survival Testimony

Video of Diane Sawyer and Jaycee Dugard Millions watched as Jaycee Lee Dugard told her story to Diane Sawyer on national television. Diane, and perhaps most of the audience, seemed amazed and impressed at her composure, honesty and wisdom. It seems clear that the eleven year old who had to endure isolation, imprisonment, and rape found some strong coping mechanisms…

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