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The Power of Memoir


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Foreword xi by Kathleen Adams Acknowledgments xiii Introduction xv Part 1 Eight Steps to Writing a Healing Memoir 1 Step 1 Understanding Your Reasons for Writing 3 Step 2 Doing Your Research 16 Step 3 Planning Your Memoir 29 Step 4 The Psychology of Memoir Writing 48 Step 5 The Dark Stuff 65 Step 6 Organizing the Narrative Arc 79 Step 7 To Publish-or Not 98 Step 8 The Power of Writing to Heal 121 Part 2 Spirituality, Therapy, and Stories 145 Chapter 1 Spirituality, Meditation, and Inner Listening 147 Chapter 2 For Therapists Who Use the Healing Power of Memoir 156 Chapter 3 Stories from the Workshops 166 Epilogue 213 Resources 219 Recommended Reading 221 Reader's Guide 227 Bibliography 231 About the Author 237 Index 239

About the Author

Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D., is president of the National Association of Memoir Writers and a practicing psychotherapist. She is the author of Don't Call Me Mother: Breaking the Chain of Mother-Daughter Abandonment, which won the Gold Medal Award from the Bay Area Independent Publishing Association in 2007.

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