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Exploring the world of constructing identity through personal storytelling, lifewriting, memoir, journaling, life stories, personal history, and more.
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iBook of 150 Life Stories is Free This Week | A Storied Career

iBook of 150 Life Stories is Free This Week | A Storied Career | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

Just happened to notice in my Web wanderings today that the magazine’s The Best Life Stories is free on iTunes or the iBook app this week.

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Why Writing Memoir Actually Might Make You Happier

Why Writing Memoir Actually Might Make You Happier | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

Post by Theo Pauline Nestor: When How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed came out, people would sometimes say to me, “Writing this must have been very therapeutic for you.” 

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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article] "... writing and publishing a memoir requires us to reveal and share the authentic self. To write a full-length memoir, you have to share plenty of stuff that you’d just as soon keep out of public view.There are many reasons to avoid this, and many writers are out there avoiding it right now.  It’s scary to write about your own experiences and share a hunk of the real you with people you’ve never met (and even worse–with people you have met), but writing and specifically publishing a memoir has brought me an increased connection to others."

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Journal Writing Tips: Re-Inspire Your Writing

If you struggle with journaling on a regular basis, or your journaling feels parched of life, as though instead of writing about your day you’re attempting to cross an entire desert, stop. Instead of pushing forward, filled with a thirst to do something “writerly,” break out of your routine by taking a sensuality break. Yes, I do mean sensuality.

 
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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article] Now it’s your turn. Share what you wrote after your sensuality break — or tell us what helps bring creativity back into your writing.

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The Body Under the Rug

The Body Under the Rug | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
The characters in a memoir inevitably feed on the blood of the living.
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Within this kind of work there is inherent conflict. The characters in a memoir are not real people, but inevitably feed on the blood of the living like vampires. And so it is entirely natural for those real people to defend their identities as if they were fighting for their lives.

 
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Cesar Kuriyama: One second every day | Video on TED.com

There are so many tiny, beautiful, funny, tragic moments in your life -- how are you going to remember them all? Director Cesar Kuriyama shoots one second of video every day as part of an ongoing project to collect all the special bits of his life.
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Victor Alejandro Polanco Frías's curator insight, April 6, 2013 4:35 PM

Una mirada que se entretiene en la belleza, es una mirada poderosa...

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How to tell a great business story - Postcards

How to tell a great business story - Postcards | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
When I went to Stanford last week to interview Tory Burch about her amazing story (Young woman with no formal education in design and no MBA builds a $2.5 billion business from scratch in less than a decade!), the University folks asked me if I would let them interview me about, yes, the art of storytelling.
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In a video of less than 3 minutes, Pattie Sellers explains how to tell a great story.

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art journaling | Personal Development Journaling Blog | CreateWriteNow

art journaling | Personal Development Journaling Blog | CreateWriteNow | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Posts with art journaling on Personal Development Journaling Blog provides inspirational and informational articles for sticking to a daily pen to page Journaling for the Self of It™ Practice.
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Art Journaling is a great outlet for your ‘Creative Brain’. If you already Journal this is just another way to express yourself. Being inspired is the first step to Art Journaling and nspiration is as close as your imagination. For example, when I’m feeling particularly stressed I join a key word and a whole lot of color. The key word stands out, is memorable and the color is stimulating. It also reflects how you’re feeling.

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For sports fans, the story -- not the victor -- makes the difference in enjoyment

For sports fans, the story -- not the victor -- makes the difference in enjoyment | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
A new study has concluded that sports fans love to root for a hero and against a villain, but if the game is exciting, they'll enjoy it no matter who wins.
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The research, recently published in the Journal of Media Psychology, examines emotional experiences, outcome satisfaction, and enjoyment of athletic events, particularly ones featuring individual athletes rather than team sports.
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How Exposed Are You in Your Memoir Stories? — Times They Were a' Changing

How Exposed Are You in Your Memoir Stories? — Times They Were a' Changing | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Each of us decides how much to expose our private self in writing memoir. Ask yourself: does the piece show a side of yourself that no one else knows? Are you writing about events you’ve never told anyone about before, exposing secrets?
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Memoir writing does demand that we explore, reveal—if only to ourselves at first—who we are and what makes us tick.  Shapiro says, “The author Phillip Lopate complains that the problem with confessional writing is that people don’t confess enough. And I agree.”

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, January 12, 2013 5:58 AM

Be brave and expose yourself more... that gives more deepeness and perspectives to your stories - says the article... well, it depends on also the culture you are living in...

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Autoethnography as a Genre of Qualitative Research: A Journey Inside Out | Hamdan | International Journal of Qualitative Methods

Autoethnography as a Genre of Qualitative Research: A Journey Inside Out
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In this article, I argue that an autobiographical narrative approach is highly suited to educational research. I discuss how a researcher’s personal narrative, or autoethnography, can act as a source of privileged knowledge. I further argue that personal experience methods can be used on a variety of topics relevant to teaching and the field of education in order to expand knowledge. Autobiographical narrative is a research genre and a methodology. It offers opportunities to highlight identity construction as it covers various aspects of the narrator’s life. In an attempt to contribute to literature based on Muslim women’s educational experiences, I have disclosed a series of personal experiences. I have thereby demonstrated the value of autoethnography. When writing an autoethnography, the researcher can develop a deeper understanding of his or her own life. Moreover, reading an autoethnography, one is able to view how others live their lives, which can also contribute to a deeper understanding of life in general. Therefore, autoethnography—whether read or written—has a strong, educational merit. 
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Theo’s New Year’s Resolutions for Memoir Writers

Theo’s New Year’s Resolutions for Memoir Writers | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Want to finish and publish your memoir this year?  Here are four resolutions to knock your writing up a level to create a memoir of enduring value that readers want to read and publishers will want to buy.
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One-Tap Storytelling: Qwiki Sheds Its Web And Search Roots, Goes Mobile-Only With Beta Launch Of New iPhone App | TechCrunch

One-Tap Storytelling: Qwiki Sheds Its Web And Search Roots, Goes Mobile-Only With Beta Launch Of New iPhone App  | TechCrunch | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
In 2010, Qwiki captured the TechCrunch Disrupt cup, thanks to an ambitious product that sought to transform the way people consume information online.
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The release leverages the combined success of the company’s iPad app and publishing tool, which allowed content creators, media organizations, and everyone in between to develop guided story-telling experiences around any subject.

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Sharing My Faith in Memoir

Sharing My Faith in Memoir | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler
Faith is walking to the edge of all the light you have and taking one more step. Author Unknown


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For as long as I have been blogging (2009), I have been talking about my memoir-in-progress being a story of the power of hope through my faith in God. You are probably wondering what all that means. I haven’t really spoken about it in any great detail. But, the deeper I get into my own story, the more I feel the need to share my faith with you so as to disclose a main theme in my memoir.

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Writer.ly Scholarship

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We are very pleased to offer the Six-Word Memoir Contest sponsored by Writer.ly. Can you write your memoir in six words or less? 

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Here’s what you can win:One full scholarship to the  Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat  including tuition, lodging (shared quarters in a cabin with 2 others) at the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, all meals during the retreat stay, all aspects of the retreat program including the retreat classes and the keynote talk by Cheryl Strayed, and transportation between Seattle and the Sleeping Lady resort on the chartered coach.
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Using the Power of Stories with Clients’ Advance Care Planning | American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys - Blog

Using the Power of Stories with Clients’ Advance Care Planning | American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys - Blog | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

I recently attended the first annual meeting of the national Coalition to Transform Advanced Illness Care (C-TAC). Most striking was this: amidst the high-level discussion about healthcare systems changes, public engagement and policy improvements, the over-riding theme wasstories. The personal stories from the speakers and panelists about the death of a loved one.

 
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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article] Everyone has these stories, whether about the death of a parent, a grandparent, a close friend. Which is why you should consider using their power when it comes to your clients’ health care directives and advance care planning. You can elicit their stories, but you can also share your own.

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How To Stay Sane: The Art of Revising Your Inner Storytelling

How To Stay Sane: The Art of Revising Your Inner Storytelling | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

"Our stories give shape to our inchoate, disparate, fleeting impressions of everyday life."


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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article] We are primed to use stories. Part of our survival as a species depended upon listening to the stories of our tribal elders as they shared parables and passed down their experience and the wisdom of those who went before. As we get older it is our short-term memory that fades rather than our long-term memory. Perhaps we have evolved like this so that we are able to tell the younger generation about the stories and experiences that have formed us which may be important to subsequent generations if they are to thrive.

 
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En El Estratega conocemos la importancia de la forma en como cuentas tus historias, estamos esperándote para hacer que tus narraciones sean fascinantes, cautivadoras y, sobre todo, plenas de significado y posibilidades. ¿Quieres cambiar la historia de tu vida? Escríbenos... Ni te imaginas las fantásticas aventuras que compartiremos...

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A Circuitous Road to Memoir | The Word

A Circuitous Road to Memoir | The Word | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

When I started writing Replacement Child, I had a vague idea that I wanted to tell my parents’ story of how they survived losing their daughter in a horrific plane crash, and saw their other daughter through years of reconstructive surgery after being critically burned in the resulting fire. As I wrote, over four years, the story turned sideways and upside down to expose perspectives that I had never known. I found myself alternately wrapped in my mother’s struggle, my father’s grief, and my surviving sister’s courageous recovery over her lifetime. At times, I even felt the presence of my sister who died before I was born. Finally, through a slow revelation, I found my own role in the story.

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[Disclaimer: "Kathy's Insight" is usually simply another pithy excerpt from the Scooped article] I don’t know what other memoir writers do to unearth their story, but I know that the trajectory of my memory was not a straight line. There could be no outline of the arc of this story until it was completed. I would wake up each morning and write a memory, a scene that was vivid for me from my childhood or a story that had been told to me. Writing the story was complicated for me, in part, because many of the pivotal incidents happened before I was born.

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What is your go-to story?

What is your go-to story? | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
What story do you tell most at parties and other social functions to impress/amaze people?
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120 stories shared by respondents.

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Weekly Journaling Prompts: What We’ve Learned — Writing Through Life

Weekly Journaling Prompts: What We’ve Learned — Writing Through Life | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
If someone were to ask you what your most important life lessons have been, what would you say? And why?
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I invite you to use this week’s journaling prompts to help focus your thoughts on what you’ve learned and distill that wisdom for others:

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, January 29, 2013 8:53 AM

Very interesting... for those who has a problem finding topics for blogging...

 
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How Important are Your Life Stories? — Writing Through Life

How Important are Your Life Stories? — Writing Through Life | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
The article, “The Centenarian’s Secret,” in the 5-Minute Memoir section of February’s Writer’s Digest Magazine caught my attention.
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How much of your story will you leave behind?

Do you have letters or diaries or other written materials from members of your family kept in shoe box, tucked away in a drawer or in a closet? How might you contribute to the rich history and legacy of your family by unearthing the letters and writing your ancestors’ stories?

How might you contribute to the rich history and legacy of your family by writing your own stories?

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Mom Not Dead Yet? 7 Reasons to Write Your Memoir Anyway

Mom Not Dead Yet? 7 Reasons to Write Your Memoir Anyway | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

When I shared that my mother banned me from her birthday after reading my memoir, friends piped up with variations of this sentiment: "That's why I'm waiting until my mother dies to write my memoir."As a result, I came up with seven reasons not to wait.

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After Being Raped, I Was Wounded; My Honor Wasn’t

After Being Raped, I Was Wounded; My Honor Wasn’t | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Rape is horrible, but not because you lose your virtue or shame your family.
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It’s not exactly pleasant to be a symbol of rape. I’m not an expert, nor do I represent all victims of rape. All I can offer is that — unlike the young woman who died in December two weeks after being brutally gang raped, and so many others — my story didn’t end, and I can continue to tell it.

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The 50 Women Project

The 50 Women Project | personal storytelling | Scoop.it

Visit the website at: www.50womenproject.org The Book. The Blog. The Foundation. Empowering Women in Solidarity.

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“50 Women” is a book anthology of life stories told by 50 women from 31 different countries around the world. With a strength and perseverance theme, the stories of “50 Women” explore sensitive and timely issues affecting women globally: armed conflict, sexual abuse, immigration, genocide, refugees, various health obstacles and women in business.

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It's a Wonderful Life: Family Storytelling

It's a Wonderful Life: Family Storytelling | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Learn how to encourage your older loved ones to share their favorite memories and best stories, and why this is so important.
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When we encourage our parents to remember their past and talk about their memories and feelings, it validates the importance of their life’s experiences and strengthens family bonds. It reveals previously unknown facets of our parent’s character and past, helping us better understand who we are and where we came from.

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Virginia Pavlovich's curator insight, December 29, 2012 3:27 PM

This is so true! 

Keiron Gray's curator insight, February 2, 2013 5:43 PM

This is what family is all about.... The wonderful stories passed down from generation to generation, family traditions and so much more. Sadly these are being lost as families become fragmented and displaced.

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OTL: The enduring mystery of Roberto Clemente's bat

OTL: The enduring mystery of Roberto Clemente's bat | personal storytelling | Scoop.it
Roberto Clemente got his 3,000th hit, sent his bat to Cooperstown, and three months later he was dead. He left behind a puzzle that has taken 40 years to piece together.
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The bat isn't the valuable thing. It's just a bat like every other. It's the storythat's valuable. And it was Clemente himself who attached the story of his 3,000th hit to that Louisville Slugger in the Hall of Fame.

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