Motivating feedback on Helping others write Memoirs
When I first came up with the idea of putting together a magazine to help other writers do what I did when I told all in my first memoir, NO TEARS FOR MY FATHER, it was a daunting task. I had no inexpensive way to produce a magazine. What should I include? As I muddled over the contents, I received this letter of endorsement from Barbara Studham, who has just published her first book, “Two Decades of Diapers”. She said, “Can you use this in your magazine?”. Could I what! It was just what I needed to motivate me to forge on with “MEMOIRABILIA”. Barbara’s letter below appears on Page 3 of the inaugural issue of MEMOIRABILIA, available now from my own author’s website at this link:
Here’s what Barbara wrote:
“As a previous student of Viga Boland, I was delighted when I heard she was creating Memoirabilia. As a fan of her memoirs “No Tears For My Father”, and “Learning To Love Myself”, I enjoy her style of writing and anticipate reading many future issues of her magazine. Viga’s ability to master emotions through words is an accomplishment envied by many writers including myself. Her stories feature a gut-wrenching journey into her childhood and her desperate escape from the horrors of that era to grow into a woman who is continuously learning to love herself.
Viga and I first met when I registered for her Memoir Writing Program at Turner Park Library in Hamilton, Ontario. Initially joining her group in the hope of receiving writing tips to improve my website which defines my two decades of raising grandchildren with mental disabilities. I soon became interested in writing a memoir depicting those years. With Viga’s instruction and encouragement, within six months I had completed my memoir and was anticipating promoting it through speaking engagements in the mental health community.
Viga’s interest in Memoir is ongoing. Under her tutelage, one recognizes the therapeutic qualities often responsible for bringing an author’s work to fruition and providing a foundation from which to move forward from a specific, often difficult, period in the writer’s life. While writing my memoir, I was amazed by how easily I could recall conversations from many years previous: words that had been used as weapons as easily able to kill the spirit as stones can wound the body. Releasing those conversations onto paper freed me from the pain I had suppressed for most of my adult life.
If you are planning to write a memoir, I know you will benefit from the tips and the strategies Viga intends to include in her web-magazine. You will enjoy the vignettes & “mini-moirs”, as Viga calls them, submitted by her followers and fellow memoirists. Consider submitting your own vignettes for Memorabilia. And if you want to know about Viga, visit her personal author’s site at www.vigaboland.com
Congratulations on your new endeavor, Viga, I look forward to subscribing to future issues.”
Webmaster of Challenged Hope (www.challengedhope.com)