"Storytelling liberates you from the heavy weight of the past."
-S. Jane Gari, three-time Pushcart Prize Nominee and award-winning author
Writing my memoir (Losing the Dollhouse) allowed me to quiet the anxiety triggered by a stepfather’s molestation and a mother’s betrayal. Storytelling allows us to make sense of our experiences—to let go of what no longer serves us so we can achieve forgiveness and healing and overcome fear.
Let go of anger and move from acceptance to peace.
Let go of hurt and move from examination to empowerment.
Let go of the title of “victim” and move from challenger to champion.
My goal for Losing the Dollhouse (a memoir of emotional and sexual abuse) and my workshops, is to add to the human conversation about healing and forgiveness. It's possible to recover and thrive, even after the deepest of betrayals.
Storytelling liberates you from the heavy weight of the past. We don't have to carry it anymore.
When I'm not writing, I'm teaching workshops and
editing other people's work.