The Story You Need to Tell Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-05-16
  • Publisher: New World Library
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Informed by the author’s pioneering work with veterans and cancer patients, and her years of teaching writing and researching its healing properties, The Story You Need to Tell is a practical and inspiring guide to transformational personal storytelling. Riveting true stories illustrate Marinella’s methods for understanding, telling, and editing our own stories in ways that foster resilience and renewal. Marinella also shares her own experience of using journal and expressive writing to navigate challenges including breast cancer and post-partum depression. Each of the techniques, prompts, and exercises she presents work to “unravel the knot inside and to make sense of loss.” Based on a profound understanding of how “in our sadness and pain we can be remade,” this is the kind of storytelling — and the kind of book — that can change and perhaps even save a life.

Author Biography

Sandra Marinella, MA, MED, is an award-winning teacher and writer. As a high school and college writing educator, she has taught 10,000 high school and college writers, and 5,000 educators. She has also presented more than 200 professional workshops. In 2012 when she faced breast cancer, Sandra turned her focus from teaching to writing as a way of healing. In the past three years she has taught over 40 writing workshops at the Veterans Hospital in Phoenix and at Virginia Piper Cancer Center in Scottsdale. Through her Story You Need Tell project, she is expanding her writing and healing workshops to other veteran and health care centers. Other groups who have expressed interest in workshops include hospice groups, palliative care groups, recovery groups, support groups, wellness centers, yoga centers, service groups, counselors, psychotherapists, and retirees. The mother of two grown sons, she lives with her husband in the Phoenix, AZ area. Visit her at storyyoutell.com and sandramarinella.com.

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