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Writing to Save Your Life | The Power of Story to Heal Trauma and Wounds

Writing to Save Your Life

The Power of Story to Heal Trauma and Wounds—Write Yourself Free


A Downloadable Teleseminar Series with Experts: Dr. James Pennebaker, Kathleen Adams, Linda Joy Myers, and Marina Nemat


Three Audios and PDF Transcripts


The National Association of Memoir Writers is pleased to offer these unique teleseminars with the top experts in the field of writing. In this three audio/transcript series, we are so pleased to share discussions that you would normally have to attend a conference to hear. Now they’re available immediately as a download immediately after purchase.

As you know, conferences cost a lot to attend, with air fare, hotel, and the cost of the conference. For a very low fee, the conference comes to you!

With the audio and the transcript you will have at your fingertips many resources that will help you on your journey writing to save your life and learn about how writing helps to heal traumas, both emotional and physical, from your past, putting you on the path to peace, happiness, and fulfillment.


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Dr. James Pennebaker’s research about the power of writing to heal trauma and unresolved emotional problems has been the focus of articles, blogs, books, and writing conferences for over a decade. Linda Joy Myers, a therapist for thirty years, could see from her years of journaling and therapy that writing helped to heal, but when she found affirmation through a research article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association she had to share this good news with a larger audience through her own work. The most unusual news from the research was not only did writing help people resolve emotional issues, it had a positive effect on diseases such as asthma, arthritis, and chronic fatigue syndrome. In the first audio/transcript, Myers and Pennebaker talk about his research and Myers’s work with writers.


Kathleen Adams has spent most of her professional life exploring how journal writing helps to develop the Self and heal the past through her Center for Journal Therapy. Recently, she created the Therapeutic Writing Institute, where she trains writers to go deep into their self-exploration through various writing techniques. Myers, author of The Power of Memoir and the founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and Adams explore the depths of transformation and healing that are possible through writing.


Marin Nemat, who grew up in Tehran, was given a death sentence at the age of 16, and imprisoned for over two years in the Evin Prison. She was beaten and forced to marry one of her guards. When she was finally released, she tried to move into a normal life, only to find herself plagued by nightmares and sensations she couldn’t explain—which she discovered were her body’s way of crying for help. Out of desperation, she began to spill out her story in secret, which began a powerful healing process for her. Nemat and Myers, who has worked with trauma victims for many years, talk about Nemat’s healing journey, her empowerment, and the techniques that helped to heal Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).


Dr. James Pennebaker

The Use of Writing in Healing Past Traumas- How to Know when to Write and When to Stop Writing


Dr. Pennebaker, world-famous psychologist talks about how expressive writing—writing true experiences with emotional content– creates positive changes in the immune system and promotes the healing of trauma. The topics on the audio include how expressive writing has been used to inform physical and medical healing and the techniques that help to heal trauma and emotional upset.


The Power of Memoir Writing to Heal—A Conversation between Healers Who Use Writing to Save Lives

Kathleen Adams and Linda Joy Myers


Kathleen Adams, founder of The Center for Journal Therapy and the Therapeutic Writing Institute talks with Linda Joy Myers, author of The Power of Memoir, about the ways that writing helps to heal, and how writing a memoir makes a difference in resolving past issues in the family. The 8 steps in the Power of Memoir provides help you find your themes, weave the dark and light stories, teach you how to bypass the inner critic, learn about plot and structure, and find ways to publish your memoir—a memoir writing course in a book.


Marina Nemat

Healing the Trauma of Prison and PTSD through Writing

Marina Nemat is the author of Prisoner of Tehran where she chronicles her harrowing experience as a prisoner in the famous Evin prison in Tehran. Marina tells with passion and clarity how writing her story saved her life and helped her heal her trauma to become whole again, with a powerful voice as witness and advocate.





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