Brenda Smit-James ~ Author, Memoirist, Instructor

Write Your Story

Are you ready to write your memoir? Is it time to put the story that is simmering inside of you – and is about you – on the page?

To write your story is to heal. To write a memoir is to give voice to your life and to your experiences. It is to open the door to resolution with those areas of your life you may have kept hidden.

Writing about your life, no matter your age, let's you look back on and explore the events of your life. And often, the surprising gift is that, in telling our story, we develop a deeper understanding and perspective on the events that make up our life. 

And not only that – it also gives us the gift to live the rest of our lives being who we are and not who we thought we should be.

Memoir Writing 101

Although a memoir may look a little like an autobiography, it is not an autobiography. It is the story of a segment of your life; it is not your whole life story. Memoir also differs from autobiography on two fronts: its structure and purpose.

Memoir is the ideal format to explore your life. It is a fluid genre and lends itself well to different styles of writing. However, that isn't to say that anything goes in memoir writing. It is still important to follow the paradigm of good  writing skills.

JOIN me on my Beta program in-person writing course which starts February 23rd.

Read about my Course HERE

"All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know."

Ernest Hemingway

Looking for some writing buddies to hang out with?

Being a writer can feel rather lonely at times. That's because it is. It's you and your keyboard. Or it's you, your pen and a piece of paper.

But that doesn't mean you shouldn't have some buddies to hang out with, and talk writing. In fact, that is exactly what you should have.

I know the feeling. I needed a writing community too, and so I created a solution.


"May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears."

Nelson Mandela

My Memoir

WHEN GOD SAYS NO: My Journey Through Grief to Acceptance

By Brenda Smit-James

I never expected to write this story. To be honest, I didn't really think I would ever write a book. It was just one of those things I would sometimes dream about.

I didn't for a moment think that it would come true, and I would never have dreamt that it would be on the subject of deep grief, my spiritual questioning, and my personal transformation.

Update On My Memoir

My soul dream has come true.

My manuscript is done and is in the process of being published with Word Alive Press.

The editing is complete, the cover design is decided, and we are now working on the interior layout.

It should go to press in the next couple of months! 2019 is shaping up to be another milestone year.

Look HERE, my book was SHORTLISTED.