Paper Stranger/Shaping Stories in Community

by Herstory Founder Erika Duncan.

Herstory’s manual for teachers, writers and activists provides an introduction to Herstory’s empathy-based approach to memoir writing. Readings and reflections are interwoven with a step-by-step compendium of exercises and tools.



Passing Along the Dare to Care: A Mini-Memoir Course for Younger Writers

by Erika Duncan.

This collection of readings and exercises—based on what causes a “Stranger/Reader” to care— fosters dialogues across differences, diversity studies and a sense of community, as well as enhanced listening, reading and narrative skills.



Teaching Memoir Writing the Herstory Way:

This 90-minute instructional DVD—divided into six freestanding tracks— provides, teachers, healers and activists with an overview of the empathy-based techniques that have proven effective in school, jail and community settings. It is best used in combination with our two manuals, and is being offered along with Paper Stranger, for teachers, and Passing Along the Dare to Care, for students.




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