Dip into Writing Mother Memoir – Become a TellTale Soul

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Yes, this photo is a basic shrimp dip. . .we’ve revved it up into a recipe of sorts, a classic formula for thinking on one’s feet, to be revealed in Kathy Myers’ creatively short bio-vignette following my remarks. Last week I had the pleasure to lead a mini Mother Memoir workshop at Marlene Cullen’s The Write Spot Blog in Petaluma, CA. I found myself surrounded by a room full of story writers, creative writers who proved to be deep thinkers. There would be no end to the flow of resourceful energy!  The evening promised to be interesting. It was by all accounts. Preparing to write a true and telling tale about one’s Mother is a big deal. Embracing her individuality, even bigger. So when I asked the newly minted TellTale Souls to open-up to looking at “Mom” from the inside out, to drill down to her very essence, before putting pen to paper, I first saw contemplative change reflected in their faces. Then I heard the hum of wheels turning in their minds as they

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San Francisco Writers Conference 2014 – Come One, Come All

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A CELEBRATION OF CRAFT, COMMERCE, AND COMMUNITY! This headline for The San Francisco Writers Conference 2014 will provide exactly that and more. Click the link above for the line-up keynote speakers & presenters, inspiring bestselling authors, legendary agents, writing intensive workshops, classes on craft galore, and to register. As The Story Woman and a TellTale Soul, I can’t think of any place I’d rather be. Hope to see you sometime during the extravaganza, February 13-16, 2014. It’s being held at the posh Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, Mason & California, San Francisco! Top Ten Reasons for Writers to Attend the 2014 San Francisco Writers Conference Launch your writing career–or take it to a more professional level–with direction from bestselling authors and publishing experts. Choose from a schedule of workshops, panels and sessions that fit your specific writing needs and goals. Get your questions answered at

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Women’s PowerStrategy Conference—Lynn Henriksen Speaking—Memoir a Strategy to Power

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It’s almost here!—Exciting Women’s PowerStrategy™ Conference for women of all ages. Saturday, June 15th 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Santa Rosa, CA’s Wells Fargo Center for the Arts (PowerStrategy is all inclusive—you got it, men are welcome to come feel the power.) Women’s PowerStrategy™ Conference, “a gathering of leaders from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise who are joining forces to educate and inspire women of all ages to believe and invest in their own talents, skills and potential.” Yours truly has been invited to speak at Patricia V. Davis’ second annual Women’s PowerStrategy™ Conference , where Linda Joy Myers and I will guide women to “Tap into Their Power by Writing Memoir.” Follow me as I take attendees on a journey through emotional terrain into the heart and soul of memoir, the most valuable form of self-expression. Writing memoir is a profound way to begin to better understand oneself. It unleashes the power to move into

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The Story Woman Connects with Baby Boomers on Boomer Café

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The minds of Baby Boomers are known to be teeming with ideas and, more often than not, they’re feeling the need to write memoir. That’s why I felt honored when the creators of the wildly popular website, Boomer Café, invited me to contribute some of the memoir writing wisdom I’ve gathered for well over a decade. As one Baby Boomer to a host of other Boomers, my hope is to inspire and encourage them to write memoir—even those who don’t think they have what it takes to write. They do! I know writing memoir is more than possible, it’s downright doable. When I teach “Keeping Spirits Alive” writing classes, I’m thrilled each time I witness daughters and sons discovering newly found memories and then moving those special gems into unforgettable bio-vignettes, stories of substance, only they can write. Follow my lead. Join me on a journey of discovery into a new dimension in the world of memoir. I'st a space where daughters and sons are shown how to tap memory

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San Francisco Writers Conference 2013: Gateway to Better Writing

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THE GATEWAY TO BETTER WRITING, PUBLISHING, & CONNECTING A CELEBRATION OF CRAFT, COMMERCE, AND COMMUNITY! This headline for The San Francisco Writers Conference 2013 will provide exactly that and more. Click the link above for the line-up of inspiring bestselling authors, legendary agents, writing intensive workshops, classes on craft galore, and to register. As The Story Woman and a TellTale Soul, I can’t think of any place I’d rather be. Hope to see you sometime during the 5 day extravaganza, February 14-17, 2013. 2013 Heralds the 10th Anniversary of the SFWC! Join us February 14th – 17th, 2013, and help us celebrate at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, Mason & California, San Francisco! Bestselling author R.L. Stine will be the keynote speaker for 2013 Top Ten Reasons for Writers to Attend the 2013 San Francisco Writers Conference Launch your writing career…or take it to a more professional level…with direction from bestselling

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Dynamic Memoir Writing Workshop “Keeping Spirits Alive”

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 “KEEPING SPIRITS ALIVE”    The Memoir Writing Workshop with Award-Winning author Lynn Cook Henriksen When:  Saturday, February 2, 2013 • 9 a.m. to Noon Where:  St. Stephen’s Church, 3 Bay View Ave., Belvedere, CA         Email lynn(at)telltalesouls.com to reserve your place• $35         Who is she—your mother—deep down inside? How will she be remembered? Why does it matter? Lynn Henriksen invites you start writing from the beginning by embracing a special kind of memoir where you’ll capture the character and spirit of the woman who gave you life, as only you can.            On this journey of discovery you’ll find your unique voice, while moving a memory gem into memoir through intriguing prompts, guided activities, partner sharing, and feedback. Find out how truth, emotional memory, and imagination merge with all ‘six’ of your senses to awaken insight and understanding, and why you won’t let HER simply slip away. Lynn has

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Spirited Woman Directory 2013 – TellTale Souls’ Gift to You

Spirited Woman Directory 2013

(Just released: Listen tomorrow to Clearstory Radio-Nashville as host River Jordan interviews me on how TellTale Souls "Give the Gift of Story.") I was invited to take part in the 2013 Spirited Woman Directory.  "It is a gem of creativity, talent, wisdom, information, stories, listings, and resources."  The directory includes 75 uniquely spirited and soulful women—you can find little ol’ me, Lynn Cook Henriksen, on page 99. To be inspired and learn more about "Every Woman Visionaries, click here for your gift copy: The Spirited Woman Directory 2013. My deep desire, for over a dozen years now, has been to guide women and men to write about a significant woman in their lives, and to help them celebrate their connection to women the world over!   It's all about "Keeping Spirits Alive" by "Giving the Gift of Story." The question I ask all daughters and sons to answer—“If you could tell just one small story that would capture your mother's character and keep her

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TellTale Souls “Keeping Spirits Alive” at St. Stephen’s Art Fair Sunday, 12/2/12, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Belvedere Ca’s Episcopal Church

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Fair goers—to the annual Art Fair at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Sunday, December 2nd, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Belvedere, California—will learn that whether the relationship with mother is/was genuinely good or downright dreadful, valuable insight and understanding about the fundamental relationship with mother unfold through writing a short memoir, an intimate bio-vignette. IT’S NOT JUST ANY FAIR, so come follow me, take a look, and listen to begin to answer this question, “If you could tell just one small story that would capture your mother's character and keep her spirit alive for future generations, what would it be?” The “Mother Memoir” is special kind of memoir with a distinct and refreshing difference, one that adds new twists inviting readers and writers into a spirited and soulful world. Learn how tapping memory and learning to write with honesty about intimate, often trying, relationships is the most valuable form of writing, as well as a profound way to

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Spirited Thanksgiving Affair for All TellTale Souls

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  It was a spirited, early Thanksgiving affair, as it turns out. Huge thanks to the TellTale Souls* who helped make last night's “Souls & Spirits” event at Books Inc—Alameda a truly memorable evening.  And sincere appreciation to the wonderful friends who showed up in support and to the folks who were drawn to it.  We all came away enthralled by the power of “Keeping Spirits Alive!” What season could be better than this to give thanks, through writing personal  Mother Memoir,  to those who mothered us through life, for the lessons that were taught, for the love and care that sustains, and for the understanding this type of writing provides when the mothering wasn’t the kind we wanted or needed? I’m thankful for the deep connections on an emotional level that I would never have felt had it not been for my asking practically everyone I've met, over the past decade, to answer this question, “If you could tell just one small story that would

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Souls & Spirits Event – Books Inc. Honors TellTale Souls

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Catching Spirits Event–Daughters & Sons Share Soulful Stories from the Award-Winning Guidebook “TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir” at Books Inc, Alameda, Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m. Who is your MOM deep down inside? How will she be remembered? Why does it matter? Daughters and sons who pulled out all the stops on emotional memory are reading intimate stories, bio-vignettes, about their mothers on November 16, 2012, at “The Event You Can’t Download” — Books Inc., Alameda. This moving experience is a labor of love by the contributors of Lynn Cook Henriksen’s award-winning guidebook, “TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit,” that has the power to move people and change awareness. Among the San Francisco Bay area contributors who will be sharing their heartfelt Mother Memoirs are Alan Rinzler, Ann Seymour, Blair Kilpatrick, Dominique Crawley, Jarvis Jones, Joyce Turley,

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