To run after a shadow and learn to describe it...’ For those of us who long to capture our mothers’ spirits in words (and who among us doesn’t?)—that’s exactly how writing a mother memoir feels.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 08, 2013
Winner for Outstanding “How-to-Write” Book of 2013 by IPPY, Independent Publisher Book Award competition: Honors go to Lynn Cook Henriksen’s “TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit,” a one-of-a-kind guidebook for “Keeping Spirits Alive” through creatively writing memoir that has writers and would-be writers journeying through emotional terrain to discover the deepest truths of intimate relationships and writing a revealing story, a bio-vignette, that has the power to move people and change awareness.
Mother’s Day question, “If you could tell just one small story that would capture your mother's character and keep her spirit alive for future generations, what would it be?” Find the secrets to answering this key question via intriguing prompts and exercises throughout the guidebook’s Five Acts—steps to success—interwoven with 40 inspired memoirs by TellTale Souls who have walked this path. The “Mother Memoir” is special kind of memoir with a distinct and refreshing difference, one that adds new twists inviting readers and writers from every walk of life into a spirited and soulful world. Lynn Henriksen, an intuitive leader and writing coach of story salons and workshops, knows tapping memory and learning to write with honesty about intimate, often trying, relationships leads to the most valuable form of writing, as well as a profound way to understand one’s first connection with the world.
To write well, be that memoir or fiction, start by writing a true story about a ‘mother figure’. “TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit,” focusing on technique and true tales, draws people deep into the heart and soul of why writing the Mother Memoir is a significant step in learning to write with honesty about intimate, sometimes trying, relationships. The TellTale Souls Method uses specific triggers prompting unexpected impressions to emerge and evolve as the author shows daughters and sons how to discover each mother’s individuality and write to tell about it using all-powerful emotional memory as a catalyst.
Praise for the book from the acclaimed author of “Going to Solace,” Amanda McTigue: “‘To run after a shadow and learn to describe it...’ For those of us who long to capture our mothers’ spirits in words (and who among us doesn’t?)—that’s exactly how writing a mother memoir feels. Happily, we have a mentor and companion in Lynn Cook Henriksen’s TellTale Souls. Part can-do, part how-to, this book leads us along a writer’s path rich with prompts and exercises, hints and watchwords. Inspirational sources illuminate every step of the way with illustrative vignettes written by all kinds of people about all kinds of moms. Their stories trigger ours. Through guided exploration, we discover (and chronicle!) the depths and truths of our mothers’ lives.”
Lynn Cook Henriksen, aka The Story Woman, is the founder of “TellTale Souls,” an enterprise promoting writing memoir creatively through workshops, story salons, speaking presentations, and her new award-winning guidebook, "TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit." The book demystifies the writing process for people new to writing, and professional authors will encounter abundant food for thought and innovative techniques to get their creative juices flowing. As an intuitive leader, Henriksen discovered a profound way to keep spirits alive after witnessing Alzheimer’s disease ravage her mother’s mind. She has helped hundreds of daughters and sons capture in brief memoirs the memories and feeling they never thought they could record.
Lynn Henriksen, Public Relations
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