MA, MFT, PhD, internationally published author whose works include Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory, The Heroine’s Journey, Spinning Inward, Fathers’ Daughters, and the e-book The Emergence of Bipolar Disorder: A Mother’s Perspective. Ms. Murdock is the editor of Monday Morning Memoirs: Women in the Second Half of Life and is a recipient of the UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in Creative Writing.
Each one of us has a story to tell and each writer is enriched by hearing the stories of others. Barry Lopez wrote that “Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive,” and in my class, we are feted and fed by the rich stories each student tells. The atmosphere of the class is vital to the writing of personal tales, so together we create a safe container where we can reach down, pull up the necessary ingredients of forgotten memories and broken dreams, and make a hearty Stone Soup. I give weekly writing assignments to explore the specific elements contained in personal myth so each student is regarded as a serious “writer” regardless of his/her experience or associations to that loaded word. I ask students to record their dreams for possible use of dream imagery in their writing, and I use guided imagery, myths, fairy tales, and poetry to stimulate the creative process.
Our Students Say it Best!
“Maureen Murdock is a gifted teacher—super communication skills and well organized. The course provided more depth than I ever expected in a single weekend.” —Writers’ Program student
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