Betty Hafner
  • Female
  • Gaithersburg, MD
  • United States
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Who I am:
Author of memoir, "Not Exactly Love" (She Writes Press, Oct. '16) Once a teacher and counselor, now mostly a writer and artist.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
"Where Do I Go From Here?" Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001
"The Nurse's Guide to Starting a Small Business" Pilot Books,1992
Media outlets that I currently write for:
The Town Courier newspapers, MD (Reader's Choice, monthly book reviews for book clubs, since 2003)
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Memoir, Blog Posts, Lit Crit
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Southampton Writers Conference
My professional associations:
The Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD
Maryland Writers Association - (MWA-Montgomery)
I found out about She Writes from:
Women on Writing site

Betty Hafner's Blog

Lesson Learned: Cut the Celebrities from my Memoir

Posted on October 3, 2016 at 11:03am 1 Comment

In the early pages of my memoir I was eager to deliver a clear picture of the young woman I was in the late 1960’s, when I was eager to meet the man of my dreams. I understood the importance of establishing a character arc, so I tried to show readers what the young me thought she wanted from life, in order to contrast with the more self-actualized person I was at the end my book.


I had lots of fun writing about the hapless campaign my best friend and I, both teachers…


Choose Your Title Carefully

Posted on September 1, 2016 at 7:30am 7 Comments

When I started writing my memoir, I gave it the working title “Five Years and Ten Months.” It was actually more than a temporary title; I was committed to it. In the first chapter I had depicted the ambivalence I felt on my wedding day towards marrying a man who had just hit me two days before. The chapter ended with the words “. . . and he slipped on the ring that I wore for the next five years and ten months.”


In an early workshop, I got feedback that the title was…


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At 7:51am on February 27, 2015, T. K. Thorne said…

Hi Betty,

Thanks for the friend invite.  I look forward to it.  My brother lives in Maryland.  

At 5:18am on February 27, 2015, Janet Singer said…

Thank yo so much Betty! I appreciate your support.

At 12:40pm on February 20, 2014, Ellen Cassedy said…

Good to hear from you, Betty.  I'll be reporting back from the conference.  Ellen

At 8:05am on November 3, 2013, Patricia Sands said…

Hello Betty ~ Thanks for connecting here. SheWrites is a fabulous site!



At 7:30am on November 1, 2013, Julie Luek said…

Thanks for the friend invite-- looking forward to the connection. 

At 11:00am on February 26, 2013, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Betty, Just waving hello. If you’re looking for places to connect here, we’d love to have you join us in the Novelists (Struggling or Not) group.

Hope you’re enjoying exploring SheWrites, and best of luck with your writing.

Meg Waite Clayton
Moderator, Novelist Group
Bestselling author of four novels, including The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel), and the forthcoming The Wednesday Daughters, (all Random House/Ballantine)

At 2:59pm on February 19, 2013, Jennifer Lauck said…

Hi and let me be one of the first to welcome you to Shewrites.  This is a terrific site, tons of resources and innovative info.  As my own bonus, you have access to my teaching site and free teachings on memoir.  Just click here and sign up.  No spam, I promise.  Just great teaching tips.  Enjoy!  XO Jennifer

At 11:32am on February 16, 2013, Jill Starishevsky said…

Welcome to SheWrites.  Feel free to reach out if you need anything.


Jill Starishevsky

Prosecutor, Child Abuse/Sex Crimes

Author, My Body Belongs to Me - A Child Sexual Abuse Prevention book

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Co-Founder, The Innocence Revolution, April 14, 2013

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