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Does Writing a Memoir Help an Author to Heal?

from ASJA President Randy Dotinga via The Christian Science Monitor

Novelist and writing professor Darin Strauss has spent the last five years talking and writing about the worst moment of his life, one that he bottled up for almost 20 years. But his voice still breaks when he tells the story. "When I was in high school, I had just turned 18, and I lived a pretty normal life on Long Island," he told a standing-room-only crowd at a panel discussion earlier this month. "I was with some friends, driving on this little highway to go to the beach. I saw some bicyclists in the shoulder. Then I saw one of them wobble and then dart into the road right into the front of me, into my car. She died."

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