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What Metaphor Do You See in This LIVE Eagles’ Nest?

photo © 2016 American Eagle Foundation, EAGLES.ORG   I was going to write this week’s blog about the universal truth in memoir writing—how the more specific we are in telling our stories, the more our writing transcends the personal and strikes a universal chord. I started the article last week and even gathered examples from […]

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International Women’s Day: Your Voice Is a Human Right

The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights. Gloria Steinem   As I write this, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. What is International Women’s Day? International Women’s Day began in New York City […]

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Her Imprint: A Memoir Essay

  Thank you for the many heartfelt emails and messages you sent to me after I published my newsletter last week for the first time since my “mastectomy retreat.” (A phrase I’m stealing from the brilliant wordsmith Lisa Hadden!) How grateful I am for this community of strong and compassionate women writers who know that […]

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On Writing and Healing

Maybe everyone needs to retreat once in a while, or you don’t know who you are or what you’ve become. Claire Dederer   Where’ve I been these many months? I’ve been writing and healing from a mastectomy.   Last summer I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my left breast. Because it was a recurrence […]

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Memoir with a View: Discovering the Metaphor of Your Narrator’s Experience

Don’t expect to know your metaphors before you begin to write. This is what you’ll discover as you write. Sue William Silverman   Writing memoir is an act of self-discovery. And the discovery that happens during the writing often reveals the deeper story of the self. Indeed, it’s not a stretch to say that the […]

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Writing Memoir Is an Act of Self-Compassion

  One of the hallmarks of writing memoir is making sense of your life experiences. The very act of looking back and seeing how seemingly disparate events are connected by deeper themes leads not only to insight and wisdom but also to self-compassion. Writing about the past provides an opportunity to see who you once […]

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Rocks Away: The Writers We Choose Ourselves to Be

This week’s guest blogger, Lisa O’Neil, is a student in Writing Women’s Lives™ Transform Your Writing/Transform Your Life™ Mentoring Program, where she and her mother— Lorain Fox Davis, Native American Elder, teacher, and singer— are working together on a memoir that chronicles the powerful connection that persists between a mother and daughter despite generations of silence […]

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