Story Circle Book Reviews

                        reviewing books by, for, and about women

April 2009, Vol. 2, No 3

With over 700 reviews, Story Circle Book Reviews is the largest and most comprehensive women's book review site on the Internet. You'll find previous issues of our monthly eletter archived here.

Book Report

2 books to help you imagine growing older, creatively!:

3 books to help you learn more about the importance of personal history and memoir:

4 adventures, with mystery:

5 magical memoirs:

For more fine women's memoirs, go here.

Cover Stories

SCN Online Classes The Story Circle Network offers the only online lifewriting program designed exclusively for women. We provide learning opportunities in memoir, reminiscence, journaling, family stories, kitchen table stories, writing-as-healing, writing for personal growth and spiritual development, travel writing, blogging, and others. We teach general writing skills, organization, and critical editing, as well as technical skills in book design and development, online marketing, blogging, and other Internet-related activities. For full class listings, faculty bios, enrollment, and more, visit our website.

HerStories: The Story Circle Blog The Story Circle Bloggers are about a dozen women writers who regularly share their passion for the art and craft of lifewriting. Drop in to see what the HerStories crew is up to this week!

SCN LifeWriting Contest Each year for the past decade, SCN has sponsored a lifewriting contest, exclusively for Story Circle members. This year's topic focuses on overcoming obstacles. We bet that you've overcome a few in your lifetime—right? Maybe you're facing one or two right now. Tell us about it. Your story might just win a prize! Details here.

Who We Are

Story Circle Network

Our mission: The Story Circle Network is dedicated to helping women share the stories of their lives and to raising public awareness of the importance of women's personal histories. We carry out our mission through publications, a web site, classes, workshops, writing and reading circles, and woman-focused programs. To join us, see our online membership form.

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     Paula Stallings Yost     
Paula Stallings Yost
Paula Stallings Yost recently edited an anthology of personal histories entitled My Words Are Gonna Linger. She describes the process of collecting and editing personal histories in an interview with Susan Albert for the SCN-BR site.

A Story Circle LifeWriting Retreat
Lisa Dale Norton

with Lisa Dale Norton
Festival Hill, Round Top TX
May 15-17, 2009

See our LifeLines webpage for more information.

True Words From
Real Women

"In the writing process, the more the story cooks, the better. The brain works for you even when you are at rest. I find dreams particularly useful."
—Doris Lessing

"To name the world in your own terms, to tell your own story, is an act of authority and power. When you write, you are saying, in effect, 'I have a voice. I have a story. This is what I have to say.'"
—Rebecca McClanahan

Read more thoughtful words from women writers.


Three Books from SCN

What Wildness is This
What Wildness is This

Kitchen Table Stories
KTS cover

Starting Points
Starting Points

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