Welcome to Sheila’s site, “GiveVoice.” Although this is a blogging site, I regard it as a convenient place to post a few of my writings and particularly to share with you my interest in writing family stories, biography, and memoir. Here you’ll find a few pieces which demonstrate my work.
I do believe the life we have lived is changed somehow when it becomes a story. In the telling or writing of our life, in our re-creation of it, we give it coherence and meaning that perhaps we couldn’t see while in the midst of living. In interpreting our life, we assume greater power over it. We invest it with significance.
When people tell me their story, often they downplay it, believing it to be unimportant or unworthy of note. But I disagree. The true, nonfiction story which our life (or our family’s life) has become is empowering. In telling it, in hearing ourselves render it, we become able to acknowledge our place in the world and to recognize our uniqueness. We share, not our perfection, but our crazy, all too human, imperfect attempts to survive and to live meaningfully.
Giving voice to one’s experience is undeniably healthy and creative. I see my role as helping you to do that, either by listening to you and writing your words (“As Told To . . . Sheila Bartle”) or by helping you write your words yourself.
Click on the “As Told To . . . Sheila Bartle” bar in the menu above for information. If you’d like to contact me, you’re welcome to write a comment here, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call my cell at 773.682.5743.