We either think our lives are so ordinary that we can't imagine why anyone would care or so special that everyone should be interested in what's happened to us. The truth lies somewhere in between: we are all special but people will not care unless we write with them in mind. Joanne Fedler, a beloved writing teacher and mentor, has written Your Story to help all people, even those who don't necessarily identify as 'writers', value their life stories and write them in such a way that they transcend the personal and speak into a universal story. This book shows how to write from your life, but for the benefit of others. Filled with practical wisdom and tools, the book tackles: * mind-set issues that prevent us from writing * ways to develop trust (in yourself, the process, the mystery) * triggers or prompts to elicit our own stories * Joanne's original techniques for lifewriting, developed over a decade of teaching and mentoring ...and much more Each human life is unique, and the meaning we each make from our joys and suffering can, if written with a reader in mind, be an act of generosity and sharing to others and to the world.
Joanne Fedler is the author of nine books in genres from literary and commercial fiction to self-help to narrative nonfiction and memoir. Growing up in South Africa under apartheid, Joanne spent years as an advocate working to end violence against women. Today she is a popular speaker, writing mentor and writing retreat leader. This book is the culmination of 10 years of writing and teaching others to do the same. www.joannefedler.com