The Story You Need to Tell by Sandra Marinella

The Story You Need to Tell by Sandra Marinella

Sandra Marinella is a writing teacher and during her professional career she has taught thousands of students and presented hundreds of workshops. In a recent interview she explained that ‘There are well over 200 studies that demonstrate how writing our personal stories can help to heal us physically, psychologically, and even socially. Some studies indicate that writing can lower our stress, improve our moods, reduce symptoms of depression, and give us a feeling of greater psychological well-being.” For those suffering internal turmoil and pain this sure sounds like a powerful…

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The Mindful Writer by Dinty W. Moore

The Mindful Writer by Dinty W. Moore

When it comes to feeling emotional pain very few experiences are quite so uncomfortable as that of writer’s block. Anyone who writes for a profession will know only too well of the sheer sense of desperation and frustration that one feels when the need to express oneself is there but the right words needed to convey those ideas through the written word simply refuse to formulate in your mind. As publication deadlines loom ever nearer and editors are impatient for your copy this additional psychological pressure can turn writing from…

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Jane Eyre’s Sisters by Jody Gentian Bower

Jane Eyre’s Sisters by Jody Gentian Bower

Back in the 1980s the standard fare of almost all popular womens literature centered around a very narrow range of themes. For teacher and lecturer Jody Gentian Bower the stories that she read at that time were not only unimaginative and derivative but also left her feeling that they failed to reflect the essential dynamics within her own life—one which, as she points out in her book, ‘Jane Eyre’s Sisters: How Women Live and Write the Heroine’s Story’ …resembled the path a ball takes through a pinball machine. Then, whilst…

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Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling by Laura Simms

Our Secret Territory: The Essence of Storytelling by Laura Simms

Story-telling has been an important spiritual element of every culture and civilization throughout human history. Although we no longer sit together in small groups, sharing our stories and using the transformative powers of oral narration to teach, explore and reveal otherwise hidden aspects of our inner worlds, the tradition remains—albeit, in a diluted form, within such contemporary medium as films, books and television. Despite the lessening in popularity of one-to-one story exchanges, there are some spiritual teachers in the World today who use the medium of storytelling to initiate change and…

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