A Women’s Memoirs Moment: Memoir Author Diana M. Raab Shares 10 Tips on Writing for Healing

by Kendra Bonnett on September 20, 2010

catnav-interviews-active-3Post #49 – Women’s Memoirs, Author Conversations – Kendra Bonnett and Matilda Butler

Diana Raab 006smallRecently, Matilda and I were invited to participate in the Women on Writing (WOW) Blog Book Tour for award-winning author Diana M. Raab. Diana has just published her eighth book, entitled Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey (Loving Healing Press, 2010). She is a woman of many creative talents–nonfiction writer, published poet, award-winning memoirist and dedicated journaler. Diana’s also a Registered Nurse; a combination that makes for a medical and self-help writer with a penchant for helping others.

Memoir Author of Distinction and Inspiration

Diana teaches creative journaling and memoir through the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program, she conducts workshops on writing for healing across the country, and she’s an inspiring speaker. This last is due, in part, to the fact that she is a cancer survivor. Not once but twice. Diana speaks on the subject of writing for healing with deep passion and from experience.

Our contribution to the WOW blog book tour begins today. Originally we had agreed to a phone interview, guest blog with writing tip and a book review, but during our conversation Matilda happened upon a question that started Diana off on her list of 10 Tips on Writing for Healing. We all agreed that the information was important enough to be highlighted in a separate video.

The video below captures that excerpt from our conversation. The full interview will appear here next Monday.

Win A Copy of Diana’s Memoir

Diana and WOW have generously offered us a free copy of her memoir, Healing With Words, which Matilda and I have decided to make available to one of our readers. To have a chance to win, all you need to do is leave a comment…today, tomorrow when we run Diana’s guest blog, Wednesday when the memoir book review appears, or next Monday when we run the full interview. Inspire us with your comments…something insightful or informative or maybe you’ll decide to wow us with the number of comments you decide to leave. Be creative…we’ll be reading.

And be sure to visit Diana Raab’s website for more information on her personal story, her memoir and other books and upcoming appearances.






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Alice Hawthorne September 21, 2010 at

Thanks for these tips. Great advice. And I look forward to reading Diana’s new book.

Serena September 21, 2010 at

Wow, I’m feeling inspired to start journaling and using the process as a tool to move through problems in my life (large and small) that always seem to crop up. I hope my inspiration inspires you to select my Comment as the winning entry!! :)

Sharon Lippincott September 25, 2010 at

Thanks to all of you for sharing this concise list of tips. I plan to pass them on to students in my “Writing for the Health of It” classes next week.

Pamela Jane October 6, 2010 at

Thank you for this wonderful interview, and the 10 tips. Possibly all memoirs have a healing or resolution aspect to them, even when we don’t realize it. The time and the reflection that writing a memoir demands is deeply satisfying and healing in itself. I look forward to reading more and hearing more on this subject!

Diane December 16, 2010 at

Great writing tips! I’ve been a Natalie Goldberg and Julia Cameron follower for years. Their suggestions and exercises have jump started me many times. Currently writing my memoir, Mending My Life One Stitch at a Time, about my journey as a widow. My goal is to have it on the market in 2011. Excited about discovering WOW and Diana’s website!

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