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catnav-scrapmoir-active-3Post #89 – Women’s Memoir Writing, ScrapMoir – Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

by Bettyann Schmidt

Telling Family Secrets in Memoir

A family theme may or may not include a family secret, but a family secret is always a family theme, even if nobody talks openly about it. Children may not know the secret, but they learn what’s okay, or not okay to bring up. They unwittingly collude with parental norms set to keep and perpetuate the secret. Often the secret continues because parents feel a sense of shame, the need to protect children and force compliance to a standard set by a previous generation.~ Ruth Zaryski Jackson, from “Memoir Writing: The Power of a Family Secret.”

I was about fourteen when I discovered a family secret. When my younger sister and I found an old photo of a baby we didn’t recognize and presented it to our mother, we knew immediately by Mom’s demeanor that this was a subject not open for discussion. [click to continue…]

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11 Tips for Saving Your Stories in 2011

by Bettyann SchmidtJanuary 6, 2011
11 Tips for Saving Your Stories in 2011

Women’s Memoirs sixth list for writers gives 11 ways to save and share your lifestory in 2011. Bettyann Schmidt, our regular blogger on the intersection of scrapbooking and memoir has put together 11 creative ways to save your stories this year. Check out this valuable list.

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