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buttonIt’s not every day that I have the privilege of introducing something as exciting as The [Essential] Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop: 21 Steps from Planning to Publication. This program has been three years in development and is based on award-winning author Matilda Butler’s All-Day Women’s Memoir Workshop. The [Essential] Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop is a powerful program for anyone who’s dreamed of writing her memoir, telling her story, leaving her legacy.

Co-author, Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story,
a 2008 IPPY National Book Award recipient

“I’d like to recommend Matilda’s Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop to you. It’s just incredible….”
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Have you heard? Everyone’s got a book in them.

It’s true. It’s called a memoir, the story of your loves, heartaches, successes, failures, smart decisions, bad judgments, acts of bravery, and moments of cowardice. A memoir deciphers the ups and downs that make your life uniquely your own. The result is a written chronicle of life lessons that could help your daughter, your son, a grandchild, even a complete stranger…but only if you decide to share your story.

Let me tell you a little story. Eighteen years ago my mother, Rosemary Buehrig Bonnett, had a stroke. Actually she had two strokes within a week’s time; the second one was severe enough that she lost her ability to read and write and her right hand was severely weakened. She was heartbroken. My mother, who’d once been a commercial artist, loved to read, cook and paint. When she realized all that she’d lost, she gave up, convinced her life was over.

Matilda Butler (creator of The [Essential] Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop) and I have been friends since 1979. When I called to tell her about my mother, she shared the story of her aunt who’d also had a debilitating stroke but had improved so much she was able to drive a car again. I told my mother this story, hoping it would give her a little encouragement. I had no idea that it would fuel her recovery. In as little as four months my mother was reading, writing and cooking. In six months she was driving…around town but she was driving.

I still didn’t fully appreciate the story’s impact until a few years later when a friend of mine wrote to say her father had had a stroke. “You have to call her,” my mother said when I told her of Jane’s letter. “You have to let Jane and her mother know what’s possible. Matilda’s story about her aunt kept me going; you must pass it along to Jane.” I called and told her about my mother’s recovery. I told her my mother wanted her to know there was reason for hope.

Since then I’ve repeated the story and passed along the hope that Matilda’s aunt gave my mother so many years ago. Within the last year, my sister called and asked me to “tell the story” to one of her friends.

It’s a simple story, but it’s message of hope and encouragement is profound.
Imagine if Matilda’s aunt had written a memoir and shared the story of her stroke and recovery with the public. How many more people could have found encouragement in her recovery?

What each of us may perceive as ordinary can have extraordinary impact on others…this is the power of our legacies.

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“Personally, I love this writing workshop DVD because the presenter is experienced and beginner-friendly. She makes you feel as if you are part of the workshop she is teaching. The workshop is refreshing, while full of valuable information for beginners or experts alike. Honestly, I cannot wait to see the upcoming editions in this writing workshop series.”
Crystal Kauffman, Founder/President, Laugh at Cancer Organization, Inc.
“I recently took the Women’s Memoir Class taught by Dr. Matilda Butler. This amazing experience has given me the opportunity to express myself and also sharpen my writing skills….” Listen to Doreen’s full statement

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“For years I wanted to write about my life but never knew where to begin. Then I heard about the Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop. Through their tutorials and writing exercises I learned how I could write my story and share it with others….” Listen to Rigmor’s full statement

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“For years I’ve wanted to write my memoirs, but until I enrolled in Matilda Butler’s Memoir Writing Workshop I didn’t have a clue of how to accomplish this. And now I am so pleased with how my memoir is taking shape….” Listen to Wanda’s full statement

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“I really like using The [Essential] Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop DVDs. With them, all I need are my stories and the will to get started telling them….” Listen to SueAnn’s full statement

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What’s Keeping You from Writing Your Story?

Who’d want to read my story? Who am I to think my story is worth telling? It’s a common enough question. No doubt it’s what Matilda’s aunt would have asked had her family suggested she write a memoir. But then she’d be surprised to know the impact her story has had.

We call this nagging doubt, this tendency to dismiss our stories, our Inner Critic. Many an aspiring writer has allowed her Inner Critic to suppress her ego and quickly kill a good story. But in NOT writing your story:

All you have really done is deprive your children, grandchildren and all future generations of knowing you through your words.

You may have prevented anyone from learning from your mistakes, finding inspiration in your triumphs or summoning their own inner strength to persevere.

You’ve failed to give others the slightest opportunity to benefit from your experiences.

In the case of abuse, you’ve helped to perpetrate the deception and hide the truth about a crime that is far more common than the public suspects.

And above all, you’ve denied yourself the most delightful experience of giving of yourself to others. As the adage says, giving is better than receiving.

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Ditch your Inner Critic to empower your
Writer’s Muse.

Dispelling your Inner Critic and freeing yourself to write your story is a matter of first understanding the memoir genre—what it is and what it is not. A memoir is not a chronological narrative of a lifetime; that’s an autobiography. Leave that to the rich, famous and infamous.

A memoir is a very focused personal story. The author has a specific objective—to share her personal revelations and insights. Memoirs deal with our most powerful and personal human emotions—overcoming loss, fighting back from financial disaster, coping with debilitating or life-threatening illness, dispelling private fears to rescue another person…the list goes on. And memoirs don’t have to be tragic. Happy memories of a childhood that capture an era past make for great reading.

Once you quell your Inner Critic, you may still be asking yourself, But can I write? Yes. With proper planning, a solid structure, and a very clear understanding of your objective and reasons for writing, you can write. Furthermore, once you learn to open yourself to sensory experiences, you’ll start to recall the smell, sound, taste and touch of scenes and pick up on the nuances of dialogue. Mastering the craft of memoir writing will add depth to your writing and help to captivate the reader. Remember, it’s your story; no one can tell it better than you.

So what will be the legacy you leave behind?

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A memoir is your story, and no one can tell it better than you.

The story comes from within. All you need is someone to get you started in the right direction and then walk through the steps with you. The [Essential] Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop: 21 Steps from Planning to Publication is the 5-disc DVD set that will keep you focused and on course. The [Essential] Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop will inspire you to see your project through.

Every journey starts with your first step. Writing your memoir is no different. The [Essential] Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop is for you—whether you’re:

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Trying to get started,

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Looking for the tools that will keep your progress on track,

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Seeking the encouragement to complete your memoir, or

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Wondering how to publish and market your work.

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The hardest part of writing a memoir is getting started. It’s all in the set up. Good organization and planning will get you started right and keep your progress on track.

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The [Essential] Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop is based on the popular live workshops Matilda Butler teaches. Here’s what women have said about the workshops:

“There are many special aspects of your whole approach to memoir writing that I am so grateful for. Your lovely setting on the hill, your expertise, charm, and warm hospitality, your scrumptious treats and rosebud tea–I think we all felt that the muses were indeed with us whenever we gathered with you–and they stirred us, again with your assistance and the help of one another, into this sometimes scary but also exhilarating business of exploring our lives and familial ties for the stories we’ve long wanted to tell. Thank you for that most precious of gifts.” -Claudia S.

“I enjoyed the workshop immensely. I feel confident now that I can write my memoir. …planning and execution steps will guide me in the coming months.” -Jackie F.

“I started my memoir about two years ago and got hung up–after your class I feel I can continue writing.” -Ellen E.

“Your workshop is very motivating and exceeded my expectations.” -Joan E.

“The workshop left me excited and thrilled. You offered a foundation, wonderful ideas, a starting point. I was most impressed by your style.” -Elizabeth B.

“I loved the step-by-step approach. Your material was well organized and presented with much more detail than I had expected.” -Barbara L.

The Inspiration for the Workshop and DVD.

Back in 2000, long before she developed The [Essential] Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop, Matilda Butler was inspired to start working on her own memoir.While attending a school reunion luncheon, she listened to representatives from different classes speak: “I was struck by just how different my classmates’ lives had been from those of the women even a few years older or younger. I just knew I needed to tell my generation’s story.”

She started researching and writing Rosie’s Daughters: The “First Woman To” Generation Tells Its Story, a collective memoir of women born during WWII, shaped by the tumultuous `60s, and who have never taken NO for an answer. In the course of her research, she interviewed more than 100 women. The time Matilda spent planning the message of Rosie’s Daughters, finding her voice, setting the tone, and polishing the theme gave her story a powerful focus. It also resulted in Rosie’s Daughters winning a 2008 IPPY National Book Award in the category of women’s interests.

Matilda’s interest in the art and craft of writing a memoir may have started with Rosie’s Daughters, but that was only the beginning. She collected and read women’s memoirs, paying close attention to what she liked and didn’t like about each book. She began speaking to local writing groups. Soon she was teaching and coaching women. Since 2006, Matilda has worked with more than 200 women through her all-day classes, conference workshops, writing seminars, online training, one-on-one coaching, critique groups, and more. And when not teaching, she is creating video lessons and new tools for teaching.

The [Essential] Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop is based on Matilda’s popular All-Day Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop. “I created the DVD version of my class because I wanted to reach many more women across the country and outside the United States,” she says. “This is the only way I can keep up with demand for the workshop.”

Now you can enjoy The [Essential] Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop in the convenience and comfort of your own home. It’s like having Matilda there with you. And you can review the material any time you want.

This set of DVDs is a very good value. Matilda’s live, All-Day Workshop costs $200. The DVDs regularly sell for $132. But you’re going to save even more. As part of this special, limited-time offer you can buy the 5-DVD set for just $99 plus shipping/handling.

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The workshop has put many women on the path to writing and finishing their memoir:

“A great workshop—skillfully and helpfully presented with great material.” -Connie D.

“An excellent workshop—very helpful information, presented well.” -Shirley J.

“Beautifully presented, perfectly organized. …a fabulous experience.” -Kris M.

“You gave me the ‘tools’ to begin writing my memoir.” -R.S.

“I very much enjoyed your teaching.” -B.H.

“It is a great workshop. I have learned so much.” -N.G.

“Your workshop opened doors for me in my thinking on ways to begin writing my memoir.” -C.S.

“Very motivating…exceeded my expectations.” -J.E.

“Your course inspired me to start writing the story of my life.” -M.D.

“Fantastic—nice blend of content, practice, and interaction. You helped us create a great feeling of support for one another in the class.” -D.E.

“I’d never written dialogue before. After your class, my descriptive prose has more life with the addition of dialogue. In the past, my vignettes were about my father. Now I see that my voice has been missing.” -Judy.W.

The [Essential] Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop will take you from planning to publication

PLANNING STRATEGIES

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Set realistic time commitments that you can live with; then create a schedule to keep you on the path to completing your memoir. (Lesson 5)

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Articulate the theme and message of your story; once you know exactly what you’re trying to say, the words will follow more easily. (Lesson 2)

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Create a blueprint you can follow throughout the writing phase; this will keep you on point. Your planning document will become your most valuable writing aid. (Lessons 1-10)

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Identify your Audience. Knowing your readers will help you select a publisher, make smarter marketing decisions. It’s also easier to write when you can “see” your reader. (Lesson 7)

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Find the mode of presentation that best suits you and the subject. This is your writing style, and it doesn’t happen by accident. Exercises and sample readings will help you create your own style. Some of the elements include voice, tone, emotion and tense. (Lesson 6)

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Create a story structure as part of your mode of presentation. There are many creative techniques besides the traditional narrative with some dialogue. Here are a few examples: Write your memoir as a Q&A; use a lifetime of recipe collecting; make photographs the focal point; tell your memoir in poems; or get the inspiration to create your own unique structure. (Lesson 6)

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Give yourself a writing space of your own. It’s that important to your writing. Learn why. (Lesson 9)

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WRITING STRATEGIES

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Learn dialogue techniques that will help you build emotions and put life in your writing (Lesson 14)

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Hone your writing through the editing process; find a professional editor. (Lesson 17)

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Master essential elements that will build confidence in your writing. (Lessons 11 – 16)

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Write opening lines and paragraphs that capture a reader’s attention and keep her reading. (Lesson 16)

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Keep your writing on a path to completion and achieve your dream.
(Lesson 18)

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Sketch out your memoir; discover fun ways to envision your story that will stimulate your creativity. Interview yourself. Talk out loud. (Lesson 11)

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Dig for facts and resources that will flesh out your story and help you fill any gaps. You don’t have to write entirely from memory. Photographs, old recipes, letters, public documents are a few of the resources you can use. (Lesson 12)

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Read excerpts from published memoirs—the best way to learn to write is to read the writing of others. Learn what works and what doesn’t work for you. Get ideas that will help you create your own original style. (Throughout)

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Start adding sensory description—smell, taste, touch, sight, sound—to your writing, thus engaging your readers. (Lesson 14)

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Learn to tame your inner critic and believe in your story and your ability to tell it well.

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Discover marketing techniques that will help get your memoir noticed; you can’t sit back and hope for a publisher to do the work…not if you want to sell books. (Lesson 20)

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Decide how you want your memoir published. Today there are many good options; your challenge is to choose what’s best for you and your book. Making the right choice is easier when you know the right questions to ask. (Lesson 19)

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Listen to interviews with published authors.

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Follow along with the video lessons using your 57-page workbook (on disc 5 and ready for you to just print out).

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Use the 40 writing exercises to reinforce the video lessons.

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Enjoy learning in easy, bite-size chunks; the 21 steps are 21 separate lessons.

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Since 2006, Matilda Butler has worked with more than 200 aspiring memoir writers:

“Your course changed me in two ways. First, I’d never gotten involved in social networking and was hesitant when you gave us the assignment. Now I’m going gangbusters and see that it is relevant to what I’m doing. Second, I got a lot out of the assignment about the senses and will include them in more of my writing.” –Amber S.

“I just wanted to say how fortunate I feel to have been able to work with such a fine group of women. I appreciate the time you’ve all spent reading my work and providing constructive feedback. Our Thursday chats were a welcome part of my week. I hope we get to work (or is it play?) together again.” –M.S.

“You are an excellent teacher and presenter. I never thought I would be motivated to write my memoir in only two sessions! I’ve wanted to write for several years, but could never get started until now.”–W.B.

“Thanks. You helped me get my thoughts organized. Because of your writing exercises, I found myself reflecting on my life during the week between our classes.”–Sandra K.

“Your workshop was very inspirational, and I feel fortunate to have ’stumbled upon’ such a treasure. I enjoyed sharing the time with all the participants and look forward to our next workshop.”–Jodi A.

“The day, the ambiance, the material, the sure guidance you gave us was inspirational. I acted immediately on your suggestion and now have written a more concise and clear theme than before.”–Marilyn W.

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