Telling Healing Stories Resources

Eleanor Vincent and I had a great time last week presenting our Telling Healing Stories workshop at the Story Circle Network Writers Conference in Austin Texas. I’ll be sharing about the experience in the weeks to come here and at The Memoir Network. In the meantime I thought you’d be interested in the list of resources we offered our workshop participants. Hopefully they will be useful to you.



Writing Resources
Sheila Bender, Writing Personal Essays
Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way
Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones
Vivian Gornick, The Situation and the Story
Stephen King, On Writing
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
Denis Ledoux, Turning Memories into Memoirs
Sharon M. Lippincott, The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing, The Heart and Craft of Writing Compelling Description
Deena Metzger, Writing for Your Life
Maureen Murdock, Unreliable Truth
Nan Merrick Phifer, Memoirs of the Soul
Becca Puglisi and Angela Ackerman, The Emotion Thesaurus
Jerry Waxler, The Memoir Revolution

Grief Recovery
Anne Brener: Mourning & Mitzvah A Guided Journal for Walking the
Mourner’s Path through Grief to Healing
Lee Gutkind, editor, At the End of Life True Stories About How we Die
Judy Titlebaum, The Courage to Grieve

Psychological and Spiritual Support
William Bridges, Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes
Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Kay Redfield Jamison, Night Falls Fast Understanding Suicide

Illness, Loss, and Crisis Memoirs
Isabel Allende, Paula
Kate Braestrup, Here if You Need Me
Doreen Cox, Adventures in Mother Sitting
Patty Duke, A Brilliant Madness
Samantha Dunn, Not By Accident, Reconstructing a Careless Life
Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
Joseph Heller, No Laughing Matter
Marya Hornbacher, Madness A Bipolar Life, Wasted
Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind A Memoir of Moods and Madness
Susanna Kaysen, Girl Interrupted
James McBride, The Color of Water
Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes
Jim McGarrah, A Temporary Sort of Peace
Blake Morrison, And When Did You Last See Your Father: A Son’s Memoir of Love and Loss
Linda Joy Myers, Don’t Call Me Mother
Greg Presley, Seven Wheelchairs
Ann Patchett, Truth & Beauty: A Friendship
Jon Reiner, The Man Who Couldn’t Eat
Ashley Rhodes-Courter, Three Little Words
Alice Sebold, Lucky: A Memoir
William Styron, Darkness Visible
Robert and Linda Waxler, Losing Jonathan

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Our Books
Madeline Sharples, Leaving the Hall Light On: A Mother’s Memoir Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide
Eleanor Vincent, Swimming with Maya: A Mother’s Story

Creative Nonfiction
Poets and Writers
Writer’s Digest
The Writer

Brain Pickings
Independent Author Network
National Association of Memoir Writers
Red Room: The Author’s Website
Seth Godin
She Writes
Story Circle Network
The Memoir Network
The Write Practice
Women’s Memoirs
WOW Women on Writing

Facebook individual author and group pages
Help A Reporter Out
LinkedIn groups
Local and regional writers’ professional organizations


  1. Thought my memoir might fit here under illness, loss, and crisis memoirs, or is there a list of criteria.
    Suicide survivor to incurable disease, psychologist / former teacher / award-winning poet.
    Oh well.

    • Madeline Sharples says:

      Deanna, sorry we didn’t know about your memoir when we created our list. Perhaps we’ll update the list later on and can include it. Please let me know the details. Thanks for stopping by Choices.


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