Host & Guest
Catherine Ann Jones
Kathleen Kaiser &
About This Episode
The Way of Memoir
A memoir could be the most important thing you ever try to write. It’s not an easy journey. It takes courage and introspection, and well some grasp of your memories. In this episode, the storied Catherine Ann Jones joins Kathleen and Adanna to discuss the craft of a memoir. Catherine delivers tons of information on building your story. Even when you think, “maybe my life hasn’t been interesting enough,” you’re probably wrong. That’s where bravery comes in, to dig deep and get it out there.
This episode is filled with Catherine’s journey from New York to Hollywood, how she took childhood moments and significant career achievements, weaving them into her memoirs, and turned them all into teachable material. In addition, she has taught multiple workshops on writing, and her book, The Way of Story, has helped many writers dig deep and find their path to storytelling.
If you’ve been struggling to write your memoir or can’t figure out why a memoir vs. autobiography, or even how they differ, this is the episode for you.
As always, we’d like to hear from you. If you have topics or speakers you’d like us to interview, please email us at email@example.com and join the conversation in the comments on our Instagram @writerspubsnet. Also, we’d like to hear how writing your memoir is going for you.
About our guest
Cather Ann Jones
Catherine Ann Jones holds a graduate degree in Depth Psychology and Archetypal Mythology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she has also taught. After playing major roles in over fifty plays on and off-Broadway, she became disappointed by the lack of good roles for women. She wrote a play, On the Edge, about Virginia Woolf and her struggle with madness in a world gone mad, Hitler, and WWII. The play won a National Endowment for the Arts Award. Twelve of her plays, including Calamity Jane (both play and musical), The Women of Cedar Creek, and Freud’s Oracle, have won multiple awards and are produced both in and out of New York.
Her films include The Christmas Wife (Jason Robards and Julie Harris), Unlikely Angel (Dolly Parton), and the popular TV series, Touched by an Angel. A Fulbright Research Scholar to India studying shamanism, she has taught for several years at The New School University (NY), University of Southern California (Los Angeles), and the Esalen and the Omega Institutes. Her books, The Way of Story: the craft & soul of writing; Heal Your Self with Writing (Nautilus Book Award 2014); What Story Are You Living?; True Fables: Stories from Childhood; Buddha and the Dancing Girl: A Creative Life; and East & West: Stories of India, are used in many schools, including New York University writing programs. Based in Ojai, California, she leads The Way of Story and Heal Your Self with Writing workshops throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
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