A Conversation with Marlena Fiol and Nita Sweeney
Friday, December 18, 2020 at 12:00 Pacific
How do we overcome life’s challenges? What prompts us to initiate change? And what makes some of us choose to reveal all of this in writing?
In each of their memoirs, authors Marlena Fiol and Nita Sweeney speak candidly about depression, childhood abuse, parenting issues, and inequality, and the transformation each experienced in facing these difficulties.
Join these two authors for a conversation about what motivated them to take the initial steps that led to overcoming these challenges, and a discussion of other brave women who have risen up despite seemingly “invincible” life barriers.
The two will also discuss writing memoir, why they chose to reveal themselves so fully in their writing, and the impact that vulnerability has had on their lives.
As a consultant and professor of strategic management, Marlena Fiol, PhD, has guided her students and clients in visualizing their dreams and bringing them to reality. Over half of her 85 published articles and books relate to identity and identity change. Today, as a blogger, essayist, novelist and memoirist, Fiol is still engaged in a similar mission. Every blog, essay, book or workshop provides an opportunity to explore who we are and what’s possible in our lives. Her new book Nothing Bad Between Us: A Mennonite Missionary’s Daughter Finds Healing in Her Brokenness (to be released by Mango Publishing on 10/27/20) is a vulnerable and inspirational tale of personal transformation. She was raised in Paraguay on a leprosy station, and today lives with her husband Ed in Eugene, Oregon.
Nita Sweeney is the award-winning author of the running and mental health memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink and coauthor of the writing journal, You Should Be Writing. Nita coaches creatives in writing and meditation, blogs at Bum Glue, and publishes the monthly email newsletter, Write Now Columbus. She lives in central Ohio with her husband Ed, and their yellow Labrador retriever, Scarlet.
Where: Zoom –Zoom (link provided via email when you register)