Writing From Life

Writing From Life    If you are a woman who has a story to tell, this book is for you.

Susan Wittig Albert, award-winning, bestselling author and memoirist, on the importance of women's stories:

"Women's stories must be told, so that the women who come after us will know how it really was, so that they know that their mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers are more than just the characters in men's tales, that we are dimensional, intentional beings with minds of our own, wills of our own, dreams of our own. You and I are the only ones who can tell those stories, because we are the only ones who have lived them. By telling them—by telling our real, true woman's story—we will challenge and correct all the myths and made-up stories about women's lives. We will show that women's lives aren't lived as men have taught us to imagine them. Our stories are more than idle gossip, family chitchat, more than old wives' tales—although they are these things, too, and isn't that wonderful?"

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Praise for Writing From Life:

  • "Believing that all women have stories to tell and that they can grow spiritually as they learn to put those stories into words, Susan Witting Albert provides a guided writing program that is practical and inspiring. Her step-by-step instructions and exercises derive from her 30 years' experience as a teacher of writing. She encourages women to discover their own voices through exploration of eight thematic clusters: beginnings and birthings; achievements, gifts and glories; female bodies; loves, lovers, lovings; journeys and journeying; homes and homings; visits to the Valley of Shadows; and, experiences of community. In an appendix, Albert shows writers how to create what she calls a 'Story Circle,' a community of women who can gain, through sharing their writing, a sense of belonging and an appreciation of 'transformative magic of writing.' Albert's book brings charm and elegance to the view of writing as a process of self-discovery." —Publishers Weekly

  • "Writing from Life is from the Tarcher/Putnam series of Inner Work Books, which also spawned The Artist's Way. Written specifically for women, Writing from Life offers a framework (and a generous amount of encouragement and kindling) for writing, chapter by chapter, about the various aspects of your life. Start with your own birth, Susan Wittig Albert recommends: ask anyone who might remember it to recount it for you; go to the library and find out what kind of world you were born into. By book's end you will have delved into your shiniest glories, your darkest days, your deepest secrets, and your most mundane moments. You will have written about (and thus discovered how you feel about) your family and soul mates, journeys you have taken, places you have called home, and causes that motivate you. Inspiring quotes, mostly by women, are strewn throughout." —Amazon.com

  • "Recommended for writing and women's studies collections." —Library Journal

  • "This book will convince even the most reluctant authors to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and begin... The marginalia alone—fascinating quotes from all sorts of people—is worth the price of the book." —NAPRA Review

So what's stopping you? Get a copy of Writing From Life, pick up your pen, and start writing!

Story Circle Network
The Story Circle Network:
For Women with Stories to Tell

The Story Circle Network is a not-for-profit organization made up of women who want to explore their lives and their souls by exploring their stories. As a member, you will receive four issues of the Story Circle Journal, a quarterly 16-24 page newsletter, help in creating a Story Circle and/or Story Circle Chapter in your community, and the opportunity to share your writing with other members. For more information, visit the Story Circle Network's home page.