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Peter Gibb
Mindful Writing: How Memoir Helps the Writer, Awaken the Heart, Claim the Past, and Live in the Present
October 5, 2017 

King of Doubt—New Memoir by Peter Gibb 
In a small town on the west coast of Scotland, five-year-old Peter Gibb trades his soul to the devil in a futile attempt to win the approval of classmates, teachers, and parents. King of Doubt recounts the story of Peter’s humorous and desperate struggles to find a way out of the dungeons of self-doubt. Across continents and time, the book alternates chapters between childhood and adulthood, showing how themes from childhood reappear again and again until one finally comes to peace with the past. This story, at once both moving and riveting, one man’s journey from doubt to wonder, is an unforgettable journey of self-discovery and battle against the demons of self-doubt.

Peter will discuss his writing process, how he came to embrace memoir, what he has learned, and what he teacher others who are interested in writing memoir:

  • How a reluctant fiction writer moved from resistance to embracing memoir
  • Discovering your memoir’s theme: before, during and after the writing
  • Discovering the theme—even after publication
  • Dealing with a broken memory
  • How memoir and mindfulness work together to help the memoirist claim the past and live in the present
  • Writing to discover, tools for letting go and allowing your story in.

Peter has written two (unpublished) novels, written and illustrated (award winning children’s books, and now the multiple award-winning memoir, King of Doubt. He leads workshops in Memoir and Mindfulness, speaks, and coaches memoir writers, and is working on his next book, on “Memoir and Mindfulness.  Claim the past. Live in the present.” He is launching King of Doubt, initially with a west coast book tour, and is open to appearances in homes, book clubs, book stores and wherever there is interest in a good story, well told. http://www.petergibb.org 

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