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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Author Interview: Essayist Jenny Poore on Writing and Voice

One of my favorite online literary journals is Full Grown People, founded and edited by Jennifer Niesslein. FGP publishes “essays that tackle those moments in life when you wonder, what’s next?” and, if you’re on their email list, like I am, delivers a new essay into in your inbox on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, which […]

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Writing as Seeing with Soul: An Interview with Marilyn

This week’s article is an audio recording interview with me by Jeanne Schlesinger on her radio program “To See with Soul.” After taking my course “Excavate Your Truth/Free Your Voice,” Jeanne found that much of the writing we did was, indeed, soul work. In this interview, I talk candidly with Jeanne about the excavation process […]

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So, What? The Reflective Voice in Memoir and Why It Matters

“I am the only one who can tell the story of my life and say what it means.” Dorothy Allison   “So, what?” I can still hear my writing friend Jon Kerstetter asking that question about the first packet of writing I submitted to our first creative nonfiction workshop at Ashland University. He went on […]

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