About the Authors:
Keith Armstrong is a researcher, lecturer, and professor in Adult Learning and Development. He has been using the power of reflection and autobiography in doctoral/undergraduate classes, anger management and life skills coaching, and federal and private prisons. His publications demonstrate his use of autobiography in the founding/building of an institute for transitioning adults; a remote cooperative farm in Northern Ontario, Canada; a free university; and in sponsoring international travel programs. His degrees are from Loyola University-Chicago, Northern Illinois University, and Harvard University, which inspired him to seek ways to create places of peace and acceptance for adults. He studied meditation in Northern India and continued in London, Boston, San Diego, and Chicago. Keith's current work focuses on adults in transition. One of his spontaneous transitional responses (as he calls them) is taking place in Alaska at the time of this writing at Sitka Sentinel, Sitkan's Book Began in Chance Encounter, June 7, 2017.
Jenny Bishman completed her master's degree in social work at Aurora University, and while working as a school social worker, she pursued her doctorate in education. She also taught university courses focusing on film iconology, in which she encouraged students to integrate personal autobiography and self-empowerment into their course analyses. For over a decade, Jenny thrives in an incredibly fulfilling social-work niche with several compassionate hospice programs. Here she reaches out to patients and families to design more meaningful end-of-life transitions by helping them tell their life stories. Importantly, Jenny also believes in the transitional potential of Emancipating Untold Truths Through Autobiography for everybody because she believes the book can help adults clear out some of the closeted skeletons that silence them and hold them hostage to old non-truths. As a result, telling our truthful story can potentially lead to greater self-acceptance and internal and external expressions of kindness and flexibility.
Kim Stout completed her master's degree in social work at the University of Denver and has been working as a school social worker for more than 20 years. Her professional life has focused on building relationships with diverse urban populations of students who have significant difficulties managing their emotions and behaviors. It has become increasingly clear over the course of her career that students need a sense of safety and connection to open-up, share, and realize their full potential. The more educators are aware of the crucial importance of getting to know their students and their stories, the more they will be able to coach and mentor them to grow and tackle educational barriers. Kim's desire to help students realize their potential, despite difficult life experiences, continues to be the driving force to her work.
Kim is a licensed independent clinical social worker trained in techniques that focus on teaching students to meet their needs without harming others. What used to be a challenging subject with students is now non-threatening. No longer is the treatment focus, What is wrong with me; but is now, What has happened to me? This new way helps students understand why they do what they do and without the shame involved in thinking something is wrong with them. The important work of self-reflection through autobiography brings to the forefront life experiences that may have affected brain functioning, emotions, and thought patterns that have helped or hindered success.
This diverse award winning book is designed for your own easy, in-depth autobiography writing and discoveries. After several decades teaching and utilizing the power of autobiography, these three authors combined their thoughts to formulate Emancipating Untold Truths Through Autobiography. But autobiographies are not uniform. They have a variety of purposes and formats. To accommodate this variety, this comprehensive guide adapts to a wide range of autobiographical needs.
Some narrower autobiographies may focus only on the war years or when an executive chef took Paris by storm. Other autobiographies begin at birth and finish when the author is 40 to 100 years old. To easily meet the needs of these seemingly disparate writing formats, this guidebook offers nearly 500 easily applied question-prompts that fulfill the reader's expectations and expand the writer's purview of life.
And then there is the ever-increasing use of untold truths in autobiography. This movement is not limited to the truly emancipated autobiographers (i.e., writers at liberty to share their private thoughts, feelings, and engagements) who often write for personal fulfillment or for rather specific audiences. Trending avant garde autobiographers (those responding to current events and social media) entice their readers with as many untold truths as they can get away with. These works create a sense of honesty or transparency between the autobiographer and their audience.
However, family autobiography, until the advent of DNA and family ancestry studies, was both one of the most popular forms of autobiography and one of the least inclusive of untold stories. As that tradition evolves, these autobiographers have a legitimate place to write for the emancipation of all members in future generations. Suddenly the once non-transparent family autobiography catapults into a captivating family heirloom of inspiring truths and diversity.
As a teaching tool, this guidebook fuses over 100 thought-provoking photographs and research about the various conditions we face in life. Together they are stimulants that further awaken the autobiographer's creativity to find new connections and untold truths what is now becoming the very heart of an autobiography.
These well-fitted interactive parts of Emancipating Untold Truths Through Autobiography create a transparent and inclusive learning atmosphere. It is like a progressive autobiography workshop, where no stone of memory is left unturned and the complexity of our lives is fully appreciated.