Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing Guide

Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing Guide

by Nan Phifer

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Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing Guide by Nan Phifer

Winner of 'Top Ten Reads' from, winner of 'Reviewer's Choice Award 2011' from Ingot Press, and most recently: first place in the 2012 Reader Views Literary Awards Writing/Publication category! "Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing Guide" gently leads writers from accessible subjects into the heart of meaningful experiences. This easy-to-follow process produces profound, polished memoirs and is useful for both classrooms and individuals. It contains clear instructions, examples, and writing tips. "Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing Guide" identifies subjects for chapters, prompts spontaneous writing, shows how to breathe life into your writing, and transforms your most significant experiences into compelling stories. Furthermore, you'll gain insights and appreciation of your inner life as you tell your story, a story that will be irrevocably lost unless written during your lifetime.

This book offers a unique method by focusing on your most meaningful experiences, rather than listing chronological facts. Learn to write memoirs, not of the ego, but of the soul. A legacy for family and an adventure in self-discovery.

This revised and updated second edition contains new material, an entire new chapter, and a forward by popular writing teacher Hal Zina Bennett. This edition has been completely redesigned in a larger format with layflat binding for ease of use while writing. Originally published by an imprint of Writer's Digest, this book was highly recommended by the Library Journal.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012614728
Publisher: Ignot Press
Publication date: 01/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Nan Phifer, author of "Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing Guide," has served as a co-director for the Oregon Writing Project at the U. of O. and now contributes as a member of its Board. She presents workshops for continuing education programs, libraries, retreat and renewal organizations, writers' groups, and religious organizations. Her interest in American Literature and her Master of Liberal Arts studies at The Johns Hopkins University contributed background for her present work.

About herself, Nan writes, "My heart lifts when the eyes of a workshop writer brighten with sudden insight, and I'm gratified when a writer in a group narrates an experience so vividly that listeners say, 'I was there with you.' Throughout my career I've been an empathetic, innovative teacher.

"One day I realized that the detailed handouts I prepare for workshop participants composed the skeleton of a book. Writers' Digest Books published the first edition of "Memoirs of the Soul." The title is meant to distinguish my purpose from writing memoirs of the ego. Beginning with stories easy to tell, I gently guide writers into their most significant experiences, the times when their lives pulsed with joy or grief, intention, hope, sacrifice, rewards--times that define us but will disappear when we die unless we write about them. When written, these memories create a legacy for descendants and close friends. A daughter of one memoirist told me she was "just going to read the first chapter, but once I started I could hear Dad talking and stayed up all night 'till I'd read every page."

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