Learn to Write Mini “Mother Memoirs”

Inspiring Mini “Mother Memoir” Online Writing Class Now Once again, that stimulating question, “If you could tell just one story capturing your mother’s character to keep her spirit alive, what would it be?”  If you need help answering this provocative question, sign up for my next 5-week online inspirational memoir writing class by going to my Classes page. Next class begins Wednesday, February 4, 2009. Register by February 2nd. Learn how to turn just one memory of your mother into an unforgettable story. Learn to capture the character of your mother in story as no photograph could ever do. ·         Learn by immersing yourself in the story woman™ memoir writing method that I’ve developed over the past decade. If you’re anyone who’s ever had a mother - read on . . . By portraying the essence of her character in a short, distinct memoir, you’ll learn and earn the joy of Keeping Her Spirit Alive. And “mother” can be any woman who

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The Way of The Mother Memoir

I asked them all a question. A provocative question for anyone who’d listen, and I got answers in the form of captivating bio-vignettes or mini memoirs. I put a good number of them into a book called TellTale Souls: Keeping Spirits Alive One Story at Time. The question went something like this, “If you could tell just one small story that reveals your mother’s character and would keep her spirit alive, what would it be?” The journey I began over a decade ago into writing Mother Memoir started this way:   My mother died, but she’s not gone. Her ashes are scattered in my garden. I see her in my flowers and taste her in my fruit, and I laugh and I cry with her and know who I am…and sometimes who I am not. I love to hear and tell stories about her, and I know that my children and grandchildren will discover her soul shimmering between the lines of those savory stories. My mother was born Margaret Althea Cook. She wasn’t a saint and she wasn’t famous or wealthy. By

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Questions for The Story Woman?

If you have questions, The Story Woman™ has answers - or will do her best to find the answer for you. Simply email your questions to answers@thestorywoman.com. (Your question to us means you agree to our posting it on our blog - we need your name and where you're from. Note: Your email address will not be posted without your permission, we respect your privacy.) Your questions along with our answers to all appropriate questions will be posted on the blog as time permits. We'd appreciate questions on non-fiction topics relating to: Writing non-fiction Memoir Short stories Bio-vignettes Inspiration How-to Write Catharsis Mother/daughter/son relationships Something clever from you Everyone has so many questions about writing, or they have reservations about whether or not they can write. You do have what it takes to write. If you want to begin, I'll help you when your send your question to me or you can start here.          

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Welcome Blog & Bio-Vignettes

My first Blog - the maiden voyage.  And, yes, I feel just like those of you who are writing your first bio-vignette by answering the question, "If you could tell just one small story capturing your mother's character to keep her spirit alive, what would it be?"   And take my lead on this - I've gleaned from the wise webbers that a blog should  be written like you're talking to a friend. Don't get too wound up in writing the perfect sentence; it isn't a novel, and neither is the true short story you'll write about your mother. So please give yourself permission to write just like you're telling someone the story. Thanks for finding TellTale Souls in this vast arena of cyberspace. It's my goal to give you interesting information and ideas to make your time with me exactly where you want to be, since you have more choices than the national debt - but we aren't going there. It's a lot more fun Keeping Spirits Alive One Story at a Time. We'll explore - could it be expose?  -

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