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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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ScrapMoir How-To #30: Revealing Secrets in Your Scrapbook Stories and Memoir

by Bettyann SchmidtMay 4, 2011
ScrapMoir How-To #30: Revealing Secrets in Your Scrapbook Stories and Memoir

Scrapmoirs and memoirs at their best — that’s the point of ScrapMoir. Do you have a family secret? In this how-to article, Bettyann Schmidt share her family secret and helps you to consider the ways in which you can sort through the telling of your family secrets.

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ScrapMoir #29 How-To: Timeline Resources for Scrapbooking and Writing Memoir

by Bettyann SchmidtApril 21, 2011
ScrapMoir #29 How-To: Timeline Resources for Scrapbooking and Writing Memoir

Bettyann Schmidt’s ScrapMoir How To is full of ideas and resources for including relevant history in your memoir of your family. She makes researching family history a fun and exciting venture down history lane. Don’t miss this one.

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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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ScrapMoir How-To #27: Organizing and Remembering Why We Write Our Scrapbook Stories and Memoirs

by Bettyann SchmidtMarch 24, 2011
ScrapMoir How-To #27: Organizing and Remembering Why We Write Our Scrapbook Stories and Memoirs

In the midst of family research for her memoir, she pauses to ask the question, “Why?” Join her as she explores the why of the process as well as how she decided to manage her extensive research files.

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ScrapMoir How To #15, Part 3: In Sickness and in Health

by Bettyann SchmidtJuly 8, 2010
ScrapMoir How To #15, Part 3: In Sickness and in Health

n Part 3 of her four-part story entitled “In Sickness and in Health” Bettyann Schmidt continues sharing her poignant story of progressive depression. In this segment, the crisis of the narrative, we see the elements making a life seem unbearable.

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ScrapMoir How To #15, Part 2: In Sickness and in Health

by Bettyann SchmidtJune 24, 2010
ScrapMoir How To #15, Part 2: In Sickness and in Health

In Part 2 of Bettyann Schmidt’s story, she shares the details of the period that led her mental health into a downward spiral. She shares this glimpse into her vortex of despair with the hope that others will learn from her experiences.

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