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.

In my Blogs I share the key elements of engaging memoir writing and how writing your story can lead to an enriching life.

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

Ernest Hemingway

Update on My Memoir

WHEN GOD SAYS NO: My Journey Through Grief to Acceptance

By Brenda Smit-James

Now available...

It has happened! My first book is launched and is available on Amazon and Chapters.Indigo. You can also request that your local book store order it for you from Word Alive Press.

If you are in North Vancouver, pick up a copy from the store African Breese at 1054 Marine Drive.

Coming to select Christian book stores soon.

Read More HERE

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

Nelson Mandela

Looking for some writing buddies to hang out with?

Being a writer can feel rather lonely at times. And do you know why? 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.