“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.

—Maureen Murdock


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Joan Halifax


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On Memoir, an Interview with Maureen Murdock

Some of the best memoirMemoir Certification Programs 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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Poets and Writers Recommendation

I’m honored that Poets and Writers recommended my book Unreliable Truth as one of its “Best Books for Writers.”

“The job of writing memoir is to find one’s truth, not to determine the accuracy of what happened; that is history, a testimony, perhaps even an interesting tale. The memoirist, instead, both recounts an event and makes meaning from it.”
– Maureen Murdock, Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory

For Aspiring Creative Writers…

For aspiring writers looking to earn a degree or pursue a career in creative writing, I recommend looking at “The Top Online Bachelor’s in Writing Programs for 2019,” compiled by The Best Colleges.org.

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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.

The Heroine’s Journey contains a wealth of insight that is of great value to contemporary Western women. It explores a rich territory of the feminine psyche and opens an understanding of female development that relates not only to personal transformation but cultural transformation as well.”  
—Joan Halifax

“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

“Drawing on her background as a psychotherapist, she richly illuminates questions about memory and the self, the way emotions are embedded in metaphors, and the underlying myths of our stories. A pleasure to read.”
—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

“An incisive, engrossing book…Murdock has beautifully illuminated an important aspect of many people’s lives.”
Los Angeles Times

“Groundbreaking and dynamic. …a moving exploration of the feminine journey from father’s daughter to peer.”
—Brenda Peterson, Nature and Other Mothers

“This ‘map for every woman’s quest, with guided imagery, dreamwork, and creative exercises,’ a companion workbook to Murdock’s best-selling Heroine’s Journey, is an eye-opener. My first jolt came while addressing the author’s initial “Question for . . . Reflection,” which was, “Who are the heroines in your life . . .?” I could have reeled off a whole list of heroes, but even one heroine was a stretch. There’s message enough in that, yes? We’d better get working! And this workbook is a great tool, for individuals or for groups. Skillful prompting and multiple techniques guide readers through various stages of recognition, acceptance, healing, and integration of the feminine. Others’ experiences, myths, and fairy tales further combine with personal realizations to produce a much-needed antidote to an affliction of the spirit that haunts us more than we know.”

“Murdock’s work should be fundamental to education, not stuck in the ‘enrichment’ category. Our brain thinks in imagery; imagery is part and parcel of symbolic-metaphoric thinking, on which all higher intelligence is based. This book will surely be on my recommended list to parents, teachers, and everyone interested in development.”
—Joseph Chilton Pearce

“Perfect to turn your Monday blues to pink.” — Goodreads

“A fresh look at mental illness written by a mother who loves her son. Family therapist, psychology professor, creative writing teacher — Murdock has it all but the key to unlock her son’s illness and set him free. What I love about this book and what made me want to keep on reading was the voice that told the story — a mother’s voice. I heard the yearning for answers, as well as the shame in acknowledging mental illness in the family. This is a book full of insight even as the reader feels the heartbreak.”
—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.”
—Rosemary McGlynn