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catnav-scrapmoir-active-3Post #102 – Women’s Memoir Writing, ScrapMoir – Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

by Bettyann Schmidt

While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see. ~Dorothea Lange

A Memoir Writer’s Problem: When Stories Die

I’d written daily, accumulating over 20,000 words. I’d spent months researching, viewing and categorizing forms and documents, city directories and census pages, marriage records and death certificates. Now it was time to organize what I had and finish writing the stories.

And at that moment I simply ran out of vision. [click to continue…]

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Writing and Healing: “The Best Therapy I’ve Had”

by Sharon LippincottJune 26, 2011
Writing and Healing: “The Best Therapy I’ve Had”

Read Sharon Lippincott’s fascinating story of how one of her students found writing about her memories helped her recover more in spite of a brain injury.

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ScrapMoir How To #28: Scraps of Life for Scrapbooking and Writing Memoir

by Bettyann SchmidtApril 7, 2011
ScrapMoir How To #28: Scraps of Life for Scrapbooking and Writing Memoir

Bettyann Schmidt, in another of her informative how-to posts, shares her insights on the value of simple layouts combined with family stories. Be sure to read this as you’ll see how to make the most of those life stories you want to share.

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Memoir Writing Contest: Bad News About Our First Maracaibo Christmas by Susan Berman

by Matilda ButlerMarch 31, 2011
Memoir Writing Contest: Bad News About Our First Maracaibo Christmas by Susan Berman

Children and adults view changes quite differently. Here’s Susan Berman’s award-winning memoir vignette describing her first Christmas in Venezuela.

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Writing and Healing: The Places We’ve Lived

by Pamela JaneMarch 6, 2011
Writing and Healing: The Places We’ve Lived

Pamela Jane Bell shares her experiences with childhood homes and how healing it can be to write about those places.

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ScrapMoir How To #25: Changes in Self When Writing Scrapbook Stories and Memoir

by Bettyann SchmidtFebruary 24, 2011
ScrapMoir How To #25: Changes in Self When Writing Scrapbook Stories and MemoirScrapMoir How To #25: Changes in Self When Writing Scrapbook Stories and Memoir

If you haven’t been following Bettyann Schmidt’s ScrapMoir How To, make a resolution to start with this one. She describes beautifully the importance and healing power of writing about those parts of your life that you don’t want to write. This is a must-read post.

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ScrapMoir How To #22: Use Your Life’s Soundtrack to Write Scrapbook Stories and Memoir, Part 3

by Bettyann SchmidtJanuary 13, 2011
ScrapMoir How To #22: Use Your Life’s Soundtrack to Write Scrapbook Stories and Memoir, Part 3

Bettyann Schmidt shares how writers benefit from listening to nature and provides writing prompts for stimulating your thinking about nature. This post concludes her three part series on Your Life’s Soundtrack. It will help you with your memoir writing and your scrapbooking.

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