The Journey of Writing a Memoir–Destination: Unknown
May 3, 2018
4 PM PDT 5 PM MDT 6 PM CDT 7 PM EDT
“We are going, heaven knows where we are going,
We’ll know we’re there.
We will get there, heaven knows how we will get there,
We know we will.
It will be hard we know
And the road will be muddy and rough,
But we’ll get there.
We know we will. We know we will.”
Lyrics from Woyaya by Osibisa, 1971
I’m pleased to introduce Diane Pomerantz, author of Lost in the Reflecting Pool as our Virtual Book Club guest this month. Diane is a psychotherapist who digs deeply into the process of understanding herself and healing herself from an abusive marriage and breast cancer. As a therapist myself, I’ve enjoyed reading her book which explores the hallways of psyche and heart deeply and with compassion. Please join us for a enlivening and illuminating discuss on the power of writing to heal.
Author of Lost in the Reflecting Pool: a memoir
Lost in the Reflecting Pool is a memoir about my marriage to a man who was interesting, brilliant, charming and a narcissist. It is the story of surviving in an emotionally abusive marriage while going through treatment for an aggressive cancer and finally breaking free and growing from the experience. A major theme in my book is how we neglect to pay attention to the things we do see, the clues, our own internal “watchdog,” which can guide us if we would only trust ourselves.
My Journey to Write Lost in the Reflecting Pool
You will gain/learn:
- The importance of trusting what you see and what you know “in your gut” to be true
- Signs of being in a relationship with an emotionally abusive narcissist
- We will discuss whether it is necessary to forgive in order to heal/move on
- How it’s possible to move on even when bad things happen
- We’ll talk about writing techniques that can help make writing through the pain easier
- How the unconscious continues to help us heal through our journey
Diane Pomerantz is the author of Lost in the Reflecting Pool: a memoir (She Writes Press, October, 2017). She has been a practicing Clinical Psychologist in Baltimore, Maryland for the past 38 years where she works with children, adolescents and adults. She runs Healing through Writing Groups in her practice. She is an expert blogger for Psychology Today, and her essays and poems have appeared in Motherwell Magazine, Adoption Today, Story Circle Journal and other online journals. Her websites are www.dianepomerantz.com and www.drdianepomerantz.com