Informed by the author's pioneering work with veterans and cancer patients, and her years of teaching writing and researching its healing properties,The Story You Need to Tell is a practical and inspiring guide to transformational personal storytelling. Riveting true stories illustrate Marinella's methods for understanding, telling, and editing our own stories in ways that foster resilience and renewal. Marinella also shares her own experience of using journal and expressive writing to navigate challenges including breast cancer and post-partum depression. Each of the techniques, prompts, and exercises she presents work to 'unravel the knot inside and to make sense of loss.' Based on a profound understanding of how 'in our sadness and pain we can be remade,' this is the kind of storytelling - and the kind of book - that can change and perhaps even save a life.
'Shows us the power of writing to transform our lives.'
- Ellen Bass, poet and bestselling author ofThe Courage to Heal
'The Story You Need to Tell is a beautifully written book with stories that inspire the reader to make their way through trauma, illness, loss, and hardship. This work is unique because it teaches the stages of writing and healing and shares meaningful writing exercises to guide readers. Sandra Marinella deserves our recognition for her years of dedicated work with writers, veterans, and cancer patients. Her incredible research, her networking, and her gift for words should carry this book into the pantheon of bookson writing.'
- Christina Baldwin, author of Storycatcher, Life's Companion, Seven Whispers, Calling the Circle, The Circle Way
About the Author:
Sandra Marinella has taught thousands of students and fellow educators, presented dozens of workshops at the Veterans Hospital, Phoenix, and the Virginia Piper Cancer Center, Scottsdale, and is expanding into a variety of health and wellness settings. She lives in Phoenix, AZ.