Saluting the glories of memoir writing
Sigmund Brouwer and Cindy Morgan regale Penholdians on the genre’s lasting power
Authors Sigmund Brouwer and Cindy Morgan left more than 40 Penhold and area citizens wanting more when the memoir writing session finished.
“I want to leave you with the discovery that you can write one memoir chapter,” said Brouwer to the crowd of enthusiastic adults in the lounge section of the Penhold Library. “If you can write one chapter, you can write another, and another.”
Best-selling Canadian author, Brouwer, and his wife Morgan, a 2014 Grammy nominated Nashville singer-song writer, spoke on memoir writing on July 21 from a unique perspective.
Brouwer, an author of adult and children’s fiction with more than four million book sales to date, spoke on his love of story and connecting people through emotion, while Morgan presented a different approach to writing.
“I write from emotion, and aim for the emotion of my readers and listeners (to my music),” said Morgan before being edged on by her husband to demonstrate. “My family was hillbillies, from Kentucky and they were coal miners. Brothers, uncles, father, friends all worked in the mine. To help capture my family history, I wanted to write about coal mines, and the constant struggle they represent for the families.”