“Every woman has to learn where her true source of validation is.”
― From The Heroine’s Journey: Woman’s Quest for Wholeness
Welcome to my website, which is devoted to memoir writing and the heroine’s journey. My work explores the mysteries of the psyche, a fascination with mythology and a love of story telling and memoir writing. In 1990 I wrote the best selling book The Heroine’s Journey as a response to Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey. It was groundbreaking at the time and continues to inspire a new generation of women. A critical stage of The Heroine’s Journey addresses every woman’s yearning to create so my blog will explore memoir writing as a powerful creative expression of each person’s desire to understand their life and the lives of their loved ones. My blog will also explore the public policy issues relating to mental health, addiction and the criminal justice system as they affect our world today. I hope you will also visit my photography gallery Changing Woman: Contemporary Faces of the Goddess where I present portraits and interviews of women whose focus is feminine spirituality.
View Maureen’s extraordinary portraits and interviews with women artists, dancers, activists, and writers whose focus is feminine spirituality.
Latest Posts from the Blog
Aggressive Solutions to the Opioid CrisisMarch 7, 2018
Don’t Tolerate TrumpJanuary 16, 2018
We Need a Cultural Shift in How We Think about AddictionNovember 8, 2017
Advanced Seminar in Memoir with Maureen Murdock
41st Annual IWWG (International Womens Writing Guild) Summer Writing Conference
July 6 – 13, 2018 • Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
Pre-registration required; limited to 12 registrants; $50 fee. Deadline May 28. Register at iwwg.org/events.
This workshop is designed for experienced memoir writers who want to deepen their work.
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Some of the best memoirs you can read are those that are reflective, those which are informed by dreams, myth, and synchronicities, maintains Maureen Murdock, a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist and the author of multiple memoirs and books about memoirs. In other words, there’s a depth psychological perspective that can facilitate, enhance, and deepen the telling of one’s story in a profound way. Murdock is co-leading a 9-month certificate program on writing memoir at Pacifica Graduate Institute starting in March 2017, along with Dr. Jennifer Selig and Dr. Daphne Dodson, and with the participation of Kelly Carlin who wrote her own memoir about her famous father, in part as a result of her education with Murdock at Pacifica. In a recent interview, Maureen was asked to expound on what it takes to produce a good memoir.
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Books by Maureen Murdock
Maureen Murdock’s books have enriched the lives of thousands of people and been translated into over a dozen languages.
“Combining personal experience and painstaking erudition, Maureen Murdock’s The Heroine’s Journey shares with us the essence of the female journey. A fine, warm, and insightful book.”
—Carol Pearson, author of The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By
—Kimberly Snow, In Buddha’s Kitchen
“Unreliable Truth is both a beautifully crafted book about memoir writing and a rich, honest memoir on its own.”
—Susan M. Tiberghien, Circling to the Center
— NAPRA ReView
—Joseph Chilton Pearce
—Julie F. Maloney
“It provides guidance for those going through this first hand, and is an excellent source of information for family members and friends who what to learn more.”