Writing about family members is not without risk. How can it not be? We are representing loved ones in shapes convenient to our own purpose but perhaps false to their image of themselves. As memoir writers, we have a contract with our readers to present the truth to the best of our recollection with candidness and honesty. So what happens when a memoirist wants to reveal an incident in her life that involves living family members or friends? In this webinar, we will look at the issue of “Whose Story is Yours to Tell?” and some suggestions about writing about loved ones.
MAUREEN MURDOCK has been on the psychology faculty at both Pacifica Graduate Institute and Antioch University in Santa Barbara, but her real love is memoir writing. To that end, she is teaching in Pacifica’s new Memoir Certificate Program. Since 1990, she has taught memoir writing in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 1995. She is the author of the bestselling book THE HEROINE'S JOURNEY, which explores the rich territory of the feminine psyche; UNRELIABLE TRUTH: ON MEMOIR AND MEMORY; FATHERS' DAUGHTERS: BREAKING THE TIES THAT BIND; SPINNING INWARD: USING GUIDE IMAGERY WITH CHILDREN; and THE HEROINE'S JOURNEY WORKBOOK. She is the editor of an anthology of memoir writing entitled MONDAY MORNING MEMOIRS: WOMEN IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE and has published a Kindle short entitled THE EMERGENCE OF BIPOLAR DISORDER: A MOTHER'S PERSPECTIVE. Maureen volunteers for AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project), working with men in prison, and has presented short memoir pieces at Center Theater in Santa Barbara and Spark Theater in Los Angeles about the men she works with. Her blog is on her website:
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