Update!

I’m excited to announce that I’ve completed my most recent project: “The Story of You: A Step-by-Step Approach to Writing Your Memoir”, a comprehensive series of four group workshops designed to help you finally turn your memories into a book to present to your family and friends.

Look Beyond the Mirror

Look Beyond Mirror

This step-by-step guide to the art of memoir provides all of the tools you’ll need to discover, examine and finally write the unique story of you. Whether you’re writing for family and friends or a much broader audience, you must approach your project with intent, honesty and sincerity, and you must make it entertaining to your readers. Based on her memoir writing course, author, motivational speaker and instructor Penny Lauer’s book provides all of the steps you’ll need to make your memoir a prized reality.


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Skipping Stones

The two cousins made their way over the crunchy snow down to the footbridge and their favorite side of the river. They walked aimlessly and silently, neither one knowing how to breach the unspoken agreement not to talk about how they lived. They stood mute for some time, simply watching the water gurgle under the thin ice, when Ben broke the silence.

“We have to make it stop,” he said.

“I know.”

“But how can we do it?”

“I don’t know. We have to talk about it. And then we have to talk to your mom.”

It was small, but it was the beginning of a plan.


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Bottled Butterfly

“This gift of life is precious, and I chose early on not to be meek about living it, but to grab hold of all it offers up to me with joy and passion. I hope that at the end of my story you will understand. I want so much to be understood.”

Nellie


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You Have a Story and the Story is You

I’ve been following a very interesting on-going dialogue within a writer’s group on Linkedin,  a social media website.  The question was asked by one of the participants if we writers felt that we should bring any of our childhood memories  into our writing.   My immediate reaction was, how is it possible not to?  We […]

Are You Merrily Rowing Downstream?

I’m sure you all remember this song we learned as children: “Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily.  Life is but a dream.”  It was fun to sing, particularly if you had people around to begin singing it along with you at various intervals.  It sort of went on […]

“Aspire to Inspire Before You Expire”

I love this quote! A gentleman brought it up during a book discussion with me several years ago, and I hear it repeated occasionally. I wrote it down in my book of quotes, which I keep on my desk and refer to almost daily. For a long time, I misunderstood the words. I was thinking […]

Breaking Away

This past month, I’ve had several wonderful opportunities to speak to book groups about Skipping Stones, and I’m amazed by the interest women my age have in domestic violence. Most of the women I’ve spoken to are what we call “women of means” – affluent, highly educated, successful in their own right. They want to […]

Be the Gull!

One of my favorite books is Jonathon Livingston Seagull. In it, Jonathon risks family, friends, and his own safety to reach his full potential in order to realize his dream to fly higher, to see the world in a different perspective, and to encourage others to do the same. In my book, Skipping Stones, after […]