Institute of Noetic Sciences

Nan gave a teleseminar which was the kickoff interview for the new Conscious Aging Series with Institute of Noetic Sciences. Click here to listen to the teleseminar.

Absolute Write

Jenna Glatzer features Nan’s approach to writing memoirs in an interview for ‘Absolute Write.’

“What makes memoirs engaging has little to do with the importance or achievements of the writer. Rather, the shared experiences, vivid memories, expressed feelings, and reflections that affect the mind and heart of the reader are what make memoirs significant. Think of the novels you have loved. The main characters are not usually people of renown or great achievement. It is their humanity that is important to us. In writing about your inner life, you will show your humanity.”

Read all of this interview at:

Eugene, Oregon Register-Guard

Click here to read the interview. Online Magazine

Nan tells readers of Online Magazine how writing memoirs is like walking a labyrinth as the writer moves from the accessible outer life into the heart of the inner life.

“I can’t remember much about my childhood and early years, so where would I begin writing?

‘Memoirs are different from autobiographies. Autobiographies usually begin with the writer’s birth and continue chronologically up to the age of the writer. They are linear, and unless the writer is skilled they can be plodding to write and plodding to read. Autobiographies present a detailed, factual overview, while memoirs focus on only the hours and minutes that are keen in our lives?the times when we are most alive, when experiences penetrate to the quick.

To write your memoirs, begin with’.”

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Scott Iwasaki for The Park Record

National Association of Memoir Writers