WRITE YOUR STORIES…

I hear it all the time. “Do my stories really matter? Does anyone want to read what I have to say?” My answer is a resounding YES. But only if you tell your stories well, only if you write with passion, vulnerability and honesty. And that is something you can learn to do with instruction, practice and encouragement. If you write from your heart, your stories will move people. They will help others to make sense of their own past by reading about yours.

When you start writing your stories in this way, you may be surprised to discover more than you expected. Not only will you access memories you thought you’d forgotten, but also by reaching back into your past and bringing into the light memories you have been ignoring, you can move forward in your life with more clarity, power and awareness. By writing about events of your life, you are able to witness them from the perspective of your older wiser self as you make space to process, reflect on and release them.

This can be a powerful act. As Richard Blanco said to Melanie Brooks, author of Writing Hard Stories, “It’s either writing a memoir or therapy. But even therapy can’t compare to writing a memoir. Writing one memoir is worth ten about ten years of therapy!”

So when you find yourself discouraged by the hard work of writing, keep going. Keep writing from your heart. Keep looking back and writing your way forward.

Catharine H. Murrray

Author, Now You See the Sky, Akashic Books, 2018

Join me for Memoir 101: Writing the Stories of Your Life.

This 5-week live online course, will begin on Tuesday, January 26, 2020 at 10 AM. Click here for more information and to register. Enrollment is limited, reserve your spot early.

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Catharine H. Murray

Author, poet, speaker, workshop leader, teacher.

4 thoughts on “WRITE YOUR STORIES…

  1. Hello Catharine,

    I am very interested, except I will have to miss one Tuesday (Feb 9). WIll the session be recorded and available to view at a later date/time?

    Thanks, Innocentia

    On Tue, Jan 5, 2021 at 12:08 PM Catharine H. Murray wrote:

    > Catharine H. Murray posted: ” I hear it all the time. “Do my stories > really matter? Does anyone want to read what I have to say?” My answer is a > resounding YES. But only if you tell your stories well, only if you write > with passion, vulnerability and honesty. And that is something yo” >

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  2. Thanks Catharine and congratulations on your reading last night. I missed the first few minutes which I was very sorry about but I loved listening to you — and remembering as I did how moved I was when I read your memoir. I hope the sales will go up, up, up.

    Is my next time with you on Thursday, Jan 14 at 10am or have I got muddled by having thought of taking two courses at the same time? Sorry to have to ask you to clarify for me.

    Gratefully, Clare

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