Patricia Reis
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  • Portland, Maine/ Nova Scotia
  • United States
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Patricia Reis commented on the blog post 'From The Margins Onto The Page: Writing Truth To Power'
"Well, this just knocks it out of the ballpark! High energy, good work, love, sisterhood, and a truckload of courage! Congratulations to you both! Never enough women's voices - a chorus, a symphony, an opera, a hallelujah!!!"
Sep 13, 2016
Patricia Reis commented on the blog post 'Choose Your Title Carefully'
"My memoir Motherlines: Love, Longing, and Liberation, is due in October, 2016.  I have lost count of the many titles this work has had - at one time it was fiction.  The present title did not become clear until I had committed to publish…"
Sep 6, 2016
Patricia Reis commented on the blog post 'Is Memoir Writing Therapeutic?'
"Dear Bella,  thank you for your very evocative post!  I am a writer . . . and a therapist!  I work with women artists and writers!  I have just sent my memoir to my agent.  I consider writing a non-negotiable…"
Apr 16, 2015
Patricia Reis commented on the blog post 'Your Author Platform Is Not Your Social Media Following'
"Thank you, Brooke!  For such clear-headed advice - and dare I say, expertise!  This will save many of us from sleepless hours wondering if our "platform" is strong and sturdy enough to support our dreams!"
Sep 30, 2014
Patricia Reis commented on the blog post 'Putting on the Fiction Dress'
"Hi, Kathleen,  You know it is never too late!  Thank you so much for weighing in (uh,oh, is that another topic for discussion?) Yes, I, too, feel the hands of the wise women out there on my back - supporting . . . . here's to…"
Sep 23, 2014
Kathleen Guthrie Woods commented on the blog post 'Putting on the Fiction Dress'
"I'm a bit late to this discussion, but had to weigh in with how impressed I am by the wise women who have commented here. Love the persistence and great attitudes. Keep telling your stories, and let the format reveal itself. Cheers!"
Sep 23, 2014
Patricia Reis commented on the blog post '7 Tips for the Uninspired'
"Brooke!  I know, I know, there are days that become weeks when the muse has absconded, without leaving a forwarding address; the train has left the station and you aren’t on it; the transformer has blown and there’s a major power…"
Sep 16, 2014
Waltraud Watson liked Patricia Reis's blog post Undertaking Memoir
Aug 2, 2014
Patricia Reis commented on the blog post 'Undertaking Memoir'
"Mary, your memoir about the 3 generations in your family sounds really great!  My ancestors bought prairie land in Iowa - outside of Odebolt - after the Civil War - they farmed it - and then, through a series of tragic events, lost the farm -…"
Jul 28, 2014
Patricia Reis commented on the blog post 'Undertaking Memoir'
"Thanks, Mardi, I agree - that threshold is where aliveness is!  Good luck with your project!  Hope to hear more about it!"
Jul 28, 2014
Mardi Link commented on the blog post 'Undertaking Memoir'
"Thanks, Patricia, for this insightful post. It is daunting to write about those people who lived in our lives, sometimes larger than life, but did not outlive us. The "shimmering threshold in between" -- yes, that's it, isn't it?…"
Jul 28, 2014
J.Q. Rose liked Patricia Reis's blog post Undertaking Memoir
Jul 27, 2014
Mary Wallis Gutmann commented on the blog post 'Undertaking Memoir'
"Patricia, My memoir (which I plan to be more than a memoir) is about my mother and aunt, my grandmother and her sister, and myself. My grandfather would not allow anything mechanized on his 125 acre grain farm (this was in 1944) and he farmed with a…"
Jul 26, 2014
Patricia Reis commented on the blog post 'Undertaking Memoir'
"Thanks, Mary for your comment.  I guess my point - at the end of the piece - is that a memoirist can encounter and engage with another even if they are dead - and make that person live and breathe on the page.  I guess that is what I am…"
Jul 26, 2014
Carol Schlanger commented on the blog post 'Undertaking Memoir'
"Hi!   Oh no! Not the memoir police!  I quiver in my shoes.  Everything it seems, is a bumpy ride.  Maybe I'll develop a new genre: fictomoir or memofict   Something like that. I believe everything is made up because…"
Jul 26, 2014
Mary Wallis Gutmann commented on the blog post 'Undertaking Memoir'
"Comment by Mary Wallis Gutmann Thanks for talking about memoir. Even if the main characters are no more, it is possible to paint a true picture if they were well-known, or better yet, if the author knew them. Insight into the person is what I'm…"
Jul 26, 2014

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Who I am:
Author of a new memoir, 4 non-fiction books and essays and articles in the area of dreams, myths, women's psychology. Currently writing historical fiction.
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:
Motherlines: Love, Longing, and Liberation
Women's Voices
The Dreaming Way: Dreams and Art for Remembering and Recovery.
Daughters of Saturn: From Father's Daughter to Creative Woman.
Through the Goddess: A
Woman's Way of Healing.
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
My professional associations:
Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance
National Women's Studies Association
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Patricia Reis's Blog

Behind the Book: Motherlines: Love, Longing, and Liberation

Posted on November 12, 2016 at 11:00am 3 Comments





When my third marriage ended in 1978, I immediately salvaged my family name and began a journal. I never kept journals during the marriages. Like silence and speech, marriage and private thought could not coexist—not because I feared someone would read my words without permission, but because I feared hearing my own voice.

Many writers have relied on journals and letters to help them to experiment with…


Undertaking Memoir

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 8:30am 12 Comments

“It helps if they are dead,” say many memoirists when asked about including family members in their work. Clearly, memoir is an undertaker’s profession: how to present the person so they look as natural as they did in life? Consider, for example, preparing the late Mickey Easterling, the infamous…


Putting on the Fiction Dress

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 9:00am 15 Comments

Seeing someone wear a fiction dress, I thought how beautiful, glamorous and very sexy. Of course I wanted to have a dress like that!  I had all the material at hand, reams of material in fact, from dense brocade and velvet to transparent silk chiffon. Like some unpaid, third-world  garment worker, I became the…


April Eberhardt

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 2:08pm 2 Comments

How great to see April Eberhardt featured by Brooke Warner.  Fresh is an apt description not only for how we choose what we eat but also for how we choose the people that feed our creative spirits. April, as her name implies, is not only fresh, but crisp and delicious! Smart food for the weary writer, those fatigued from the usual publishing nightmares or wilted by the lack of imaginative spirit. 

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At 12:10pm on January 13, 2013, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Patricia, 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 enjoy it here, 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), the forthcoming The Wednesday Daughters, (all Random House/Ballantine)

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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 
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