Category Archives: 21-day ‘Start Writing your Memoir’ Challenge

Conception: Each Story Has A Beginning and Then…

Experience tells me that writing memoir is first–to conceive.

…to become pregnant with…

play and create

Its taken many years of playing with art-making, writing, and storytelling to come to an understanding of my life view and play-based process. In the end, It’s really simple! Play opens the Door to Creativity.


There are events in our lives that change everything, shape our life view and how we move in the world, influence what actions we take to create a better world. These experiences are seeds that grow in understanding as we develop.

My playful journey and creative process really took off when I understood that my experience of being a surrogate mother was not the real story, but, instead, a core event in my life that helped me turn a corner and understand my life’s purpose.


As we grow and develop there are times when life offers us challenges and at other times we can feel at ease with the world. Some of the parts of the creative process may be effortless and others may feel like we are laboring and having to push really hard to force our creation into the world!

I’ve written and re-drafted a number of forms of my memoir’s manuscript over the last 10 years+ and have kept a running journal of my dreams, emotions, and insights as I’ve continued to progress as a writer. My journaling has been written by hand. In the last few years my journals have become visual and now include images, notes, and other treasures.


After we give birth to any creation there is a fourth stage of labor, the postpartum.

The after-birth

My postpartum includes all that has happened since the birth of my surrogate son. Everything I have learned from art-making, performance, and writing about my experience influences my life’s work and life path.

The 21-Day ‘Start Writing Your Memoir’ Challenge is accepting registrations now.

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21-Day ‘Start Writing Your Memoir’ Challenge

[ctt template=”3″ link=”nae28″ via=”no” ]Lets Get Started! The 21-day ‘Start Writing Your Memoir’ Challenge begins February 6, 2017 #startyourmemoir[/ctt]

These are the stories of our lives. Writing a memoir can be at once cathartic and at the same time paralyzing. How do you put into words the most personal and deeply felt moments of your life? I was faced with this same question as I wrote my memoir about my 1987 decision to become a surrogate and everything that followed. Now I’m helping writers begin their own writing journey with a 21 day writing challenge that will gently encourage you and give you the tools to break through your creative blocks. 

Why 21 Days?

You won’t write your entire book in this time, but research has shown this is enough time to form a lasting habit. We’re going to start the process of playfully challenging our creativity and the intention is to set you on the path so you can build a meaningful writing practice. Write your memoir. Share your story. Discover what it means to dig deep into the well of your experience.

21-days of prompts, ideas & images to inspire, motivate, and encourage you.

A playful, creativity, depth-oriented community to support you. That is my intention.

How it works

Starting on February 6th, you’ll get one email a day with inspirational, play-based, creative prompts. There’s a community group on Facebook, and we’ll support and cheer each other on. It’s free to join and it’s entirely self-paced. You’ll work on your writing when and where the inspiration strikes.

About Me

I earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. I’m a creative play coach living in the coastal town of Port Angeles in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. 

It is totally FREE to participate in our 21-day Challenge, however, you do need to register. 

CLICK ‘SAVE ME A SPOT’ to receive the daily prompts and to be added to the private FB group.

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