Your story could change someone's life-if you write from your own experience but for and toward your reader. Expert teacher and mentor Joanne Fedler shows you how in this no-excuses guide.
Joanne Fedler is the author of nine books in genres from literary and commercial fiction to self-help to narrative nonfiction and memoir. Some have been international bestsellers. Her books have sold over 600,000 copies worldwide and been translated into several languages. Growing up in South Africa under apartheid, Joanne spent years as an advocate working to end violence against women. Today she is a popular speaker, writing mentor, and writing retreat leader; every year she takes a group of women to Fiji, Bali, or Tuscany to write their stories. This book is the culmination of 10 years of writing and teaching others to do the same. Websites- joannefedler.com, joannefedleryourstory.com, joannefedlerwritingretreats.com
"I love this book! Brimming with candor, wit, and surefire advice,
Your Story by Joanne Fedler is a rich and juicy guide to writing
the memoir you've been longing to liberate from your heart. She
lays it all out with practicality and leads us within in service of
putting it out there. If you are compelled to bring Your Story to
the page, and you're looking for tips, courage, and answers, look
no further, everything you're seeking is right here."
- Nancy Levin, author of Worthy
"Your story can change someone's life. Fedler's message is a powerful reminder that ordinary stories of growth, healing, and transformation are the medicine this world needs now, and that each human life has its place in the great unfolding narrative of our planet. A book that inspires hope and teaches each of us how to use our words to leave a legacy."
- Van Jones, CNN contributor and New York Times best-selling author of Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream
"My favorite line from any book ever is the very last line from Charlotte's Web . . . 'It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.' . . . which is what came to me as I dove in to the first chapters of Your Story. Joanne Fedler is a true friend to her reader, and an amazing writer. She is also a brilliant teacher. Get this book if you've ever dreamed of writing a book. It will not only elevate your spirit and teach you that your experiences, your heart, and your soul are a rich and worthy voice-but it will show you exactly how to capture that voice in the written word."
- Christine Kane, president and founder of Uplevel You
"Joanne Fedler is a compassionate word tour guide on the bumpy journey into writing. Her book is a comforting companion for writers as they navigate the joys and sorrows of their internal landscape. Joanne understands the writer's loneliness and desperate need for belonging. In this book, she has created a menu of encouraging possibilities on how to overcome our fears and dig deep into our souls, so that our true voice can emerge. Thank you, Joanne, for reminding us that though we are writing from our story, we are writing for others."
- Nava Semel, award-winning author and playwright
"[This book] has been life changing, perhaps one of the best books I've ever read on writing. Now to actually do some writing!"
- Kevin Ritchie, regional Executive Editor, Gauteng & Northern Cape, The Star, South Africa