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The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story



The Power of Memoir: How to Write Your Healing Story

Linda Myers

ISBN: 978-0-470-56455-4 December 2009 Jossey-Bass 272 Pages


A groundbreaking work for healing long-term emotional problems

The Power of Memoir is a pioneering how-to book that provides a new step-by-step program to use memoir writing as a therapeutic process. By going through these steps you'll learn how to choose the significant milestones and turning points that make up a coherent story leading to a life-changing epiphany.

  • Help uncover the secret stories that are the keys to healing
  • Explore the dynamics and roles of dysfunctional families
  • Heal old wounds, creating a better present and brighter future

Using many examples from her students and clients, the author shows how creative, well-planned, and carefully researched memoir writing can offer a process for sorting out the truth from lies and family myths.

Foreword (Kathleen Adams).



Part 1 Eight Steps to Writing a Healing Memoir.

Step 1 Understanding Your Reasons for Writing.

Step 2 Doing Your Research.

Step 3 Planning Your Memoir.

Step 4 The Psychology of Memoir Writing.

Step 5 The Dark Stuff.

Step 6 Organizing the Narrative Arc.

Step 7 To Publish—or Not.

Step 8 The Power of Writing to Heal.

Part 2 Spirituality, Therapy, and Stories.

Chapter 1 Spirituality, Meditation, and Inner Listening.

Chapter 2 For Therapists Who Use the Healing Power of Memoir.

Chapter 3 Stories from the Workshops.



Recommended Reading.

Reader's Guide.


About the Author.