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"I have really appreciated all of your comments, thank you for your support. There is a great book for those of you who are writing memoirs about family members entitled "Family Troubles: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing…"
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"Oh man. That is alot to take in. Thank you. Every time I read something like this it makes my heart a bit lighter, knowing I am not alone in what sometimes feels a very sticky and uncomfortable place. And it is. But I suppose we can write ourselves…"
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"Thank you all for all of your thoughts and insights. All the names in the book have been changed (they always were) and I am going forward with a pen name. I struggled with the decision to use a pen name primarily because I already had a platform as…"
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"Wow, you are courageous on so many levels, Maureen. I agree that a mother's story is hers to tell. I also believe that telling our truths and publishing them make us vulnerable to stormy relationships and the fall out of our writing. It sounds…"
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Sandra Assimotos McElwee commented on the blog post '[SWP: Behind the Book] Do Mothers Have a Right to Write Their Own Story?'
"For this exact reason I'm writing a fiction book--the only parts that are fiction are the names that have been changed. I may even publish under a pen-name. The story isn't about my son as much as it is about my biological mother--who has…"
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Who I am:
Writer, Psychotherapist, Memoir Teacher, Psychology Professor
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
www.maureenmurdockblog.com
www.maureenmurdock.com
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
The Heroine's Journey: Woman's Quest for Wholeness
Fathers'Daughters: Breaking the Ties that Bind
Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory
Spinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children
Monday Morning Memoirs
The Heroine's Journey Workbook
My writing is:
Nonfiction, Memoir, Blog Posts
Services I offer to other writers:
I teach memoir weekly
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
IWWG (International Womens' Writing Guild; Goodreads
My professional associations:
PEN USA
The Author's Guild
IWWG
UCLA Extension Writers Program
I found out about She Writes from:
IWWG

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[SWP: Behind the Book] Do Mothers Have a Right to Write Their Own Story?

Posted on October 31, 2016 at 2:00pm 13 Comments

Recently, Elizabeth Bastos confessed in the New York Times that she has stopped writing about her children because she realized that her children had not given her permission to tell their stories. When they were young she made herself the main character in their tales, the hapless heroine who couldn’t get the overalls on her two-year-old or the math dunce who couldn’t figure out her…

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