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Memoirs of the Soul A Writing Guide

ISBN-10: 0984206000

ISBN-13: 9780984206001

Edition: N/A

Authors: Nan Merrick Phifer

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This guide gently leads writers from accessible subjects into the heart of meaningful experiences. This easy-to-follow process produces profound, polished memoirs. For both classrooms and individuals. Clear instructions, examples, writing tips. The guide identifies subjects for chapters, prompts spontaneous writing, shows how to breathe life into your writing, and transforms your most significant experiences into compelling memoirs. Furthermore, you will 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 revised and updated second edition contains new chapter 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 lay-flat binding for ease of use while writing.
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Book details

Publisher: Ingot Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 10.04" wide x 8.46" long
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

Nan Merrick Phifer serves as an associate director of the Oregon Writing Project at the University of Oregon. In addition, she leads workshops for writers groups, religious organizations, academic conferences, libraries, and interfaith assemblies. Nan Phifer leads workshops in memoir writing that range from monthly sessions in Indianapolis to retreats in the Rocky Mountains to nationwide online teaching. She has helped everyone from high school dropouts to devoted pastors explore and share their spiritual labyrinths.

Foreword
Preface
Memoir as Voyage into the Soul
Modus Operandi
Subjects for Your Memoirs
Breathing Life into Your Writing
Internalized Places
The Soul of a Child
People Who Etched an Imprint
Adolescent Angst
Events That Shaped the Course of Your Life
Evolving Ideas about Religion
Struggles & Satisfactions
Focusing on Your Subject
Transitions
Joinings & Separations
Chance & Choice
Aspirations
Confronting Crisis
Longings
Love
Flip of the Compass
Inner Peace
Dreams & Visions
Encountering the Numinous
Spiritual Well-Being
Gratitude
A Retrospective Overview & Insights
The Gift of Yourself
Revising to Energize Your Writing
Proofreading for Polished Prose
Suggestions for Academic Instructors, Workshop Facilitators, & Writing Partners
Suggested Reading & References
Index