• Guest Post,  Memoir

    Guest Post | Belinda Nicoll Presents The Big Picture

    It is my pleasure today to welcome Belinda Nicoll, memoir writer and author of Out of Synch. Belinda will share with us her thoughts on the “big picture” as it relates to the process of writing to heal.Please join with me in welcoming Belinda to Healing by Writing. The Big Picture by Belinda Nicoll Apropos the mission statement of her blog and the writing goal of my host, Sherrey Meyer, the notion of healing through the arts go way back and has become firmly entrenched in modern society. The written word—keeping a journal, or writing memoir or poetry—is an obvious channel through which to explore emotional and psychological distress due…

  • Book Review,  Memoir

    A Review of Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World by Shirley Hershey Showalter

      Today at Found Between the Covers I posted my review of Shirley Hershey Showalter’s memoir, Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets the Glittering World. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Shirley’s stories and learning more about the Mennonite Church and community. Come on over and read for yourself! * * * Synopsis: “I promise: you will be transported,” says Bill Moyers of this memoir. Part Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, part Growing Up Amish, and part Little House on the Prairie, this book evokes a lost time, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, when a sheltered little girl with big dreams entered a family and church caught up in the midst of the cultural changes…

  • Guest Post,  Healing through Writing,  Memoir

    Mourning the Past — A Future Blossoms | A Guest Post by Susan Weidener

    Today I welcome Susan Weidener, memoir writer and author of Again in a Heartbeat and Morning at Wellington Square. Susan has graciously agreed to share her thoughts on coping with grief and the healing benefits of writing. Please join me in welcoming Susan to Healing by Writing. Mourning the Past – A Future Blossoms By Susan G. Weidener When Sherrey asked if I would write about my coping skills during the difficult days, months and years after my husband John Cavalieri died – and the benefits derived from writing my story, I admit it felt a bit personal to go down that road again.  But that’s what we memoir writers do – we bare…

  • Guest Post,  Interviews,  Memoir,  Writing

    Interview with Carol Bodensteiner, Memoirist Now Writing Historical Fiction

    Fiction isn’t memoir and memoir isn’t fiction.~ Arthur Phillips Today I am pleased to welcome Carol Bodensteiner, memoir writer and author of Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl. Today Carol and I will be talking about her transition from memoir to historical fiction for her next project.  Please join me in welcoming Carol to Healing by Writing! SM:  Carol, in reading your bio, it is clear that most of your professional life has involved some form of writing. Did you always want to write, or did it just happen spontaneously while in college or a specific job? CB: In grade school, I wrote an essay I was particularly proud…