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Merle R. Saferstein

Our Journals: Mining Them for Gold

May 19, 2023
11 AM PDT | 12 PM MDT | 1 PM CDT | 2 PM EDT

What does one do with journals compiled over the course of many years? If you’re Merle R. Saferstein, you take what you’ve learned and experienced, cull excerpts, and share them. The result? Merle wrote Living and Leaving My Legacy, Volume l, which inspires the readers to reflect on their lives and motivates others to discover the magic of journaling. Volume ll  will be released in June 2023 and continues with another deep and provocative dive inside Saferstein’s internal musings. She carefully curates passages on a variety of subjects, illustrating the power of journaling and how reflection has the potential to help and heal. In this presentation, Merle will help you look at the process of mining your journals for use in your memoir and all that surfaces in doing so.

Some of the questions she’ll address are:

  • How will you organize the process?
  • What gifts have you gained by writing in journals and then in reading them?
  • How will you cope with the emotions that appear and how can they be useful in your memoir?
  • As you reflect on the memories and unforgettable moments, how will you use them in telling your story?
  • What do we learn about ourselves by reading our old journals?
  • What is legacy journaling?


Denis Ledoux is a memoir writer, ghostwriter, writing coach, editor and book producer. He directs The Memoir Network, an international group of memoir-writing editors and coaches. Since 1989, he and his team have helped thousands of people to write their memoirs.

His Turning Memories Into Memoirs/A Handbook for Writing Lifestories (1992, 1998, 2006) is a classic in the memoir-writing field.

Among his other titles are We Were Not Spoiled / A Franco-American Memoir (2014), his mother’s memoir which he wrote with her, and A Sugary Frosting (2016), a memoir of his deceased wife’s childhood in a New England parsonage. He has also written fiction that won several Maine Art Commission awards.

These and other books, course and MP3s are available at https://thememoirnetwork.com/buy-the-best-memoir-products. Denis holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Education. He lives and works in his native Maine, just a mile from his boyhood home.

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