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Moving Forewords is a community of memoir writers that celebrates true stories of personal transformation. We’re here to talk trials and triumphs because we know our lives gain meaning through our struggles. Divorce, addiction, loss and grief, illness, disability, abuse, shame and stigma, financial distress… The breadth and depth of the adversities we face are without limit. What ties us together, both on the page and off, is how we live through them: how we move from rejection to acceptance, abandonment to belonging, strife to peace, animosity to compassion, trauma to healing. It’s vital work we do each day, and yet those of us who walk these paths are all too often stifled and silenced. Let’s let our voices be heard. Let’s put our lives into words.

Let’s say to ourselves and to the world: I am here. And this is my story. 


Dana Mich | Founder. Dana is a mom, memoir writer and essayist living in Charlottesville, Virginia. There’s no MFA on her resume. Her Bachelor’s in Human Biology helps her to write from the body and mind, and her Master’s in Public Policy keeps her heart centered on advocacy. Prior to coming to the page, she worked in community outreach in the nonprofit sector. She founded Moving Forewords because she believes that writing and reading diverse first-person accounts are powerful exercises in empathy. Her memoir-in-progress, Uncaged: A Memoir of Sisterhood after Suicide Loss, commemorates her life with her father who she lost to suicide, and her sister who she bonded with upon inheriting their father’s bird. Some of her writing can be found in:


Melanie BrooksMelanie Brooks is a freelance writer, college professor, and mother living in Nashua, New Hampshire with her husband, two children and yellow Lab. She’s the author of Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma (Beacon Press, 2017). She is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program. She teaches at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, and Nashua Community College in New Hampshire. Her almost-completed memoir, A Complicated Grief, explores the lasting impact of living with the ten-year secret of her father’s HIV disease before his death in 1995. Her writing is the vehicle through which she’s learning to understand that impact. Some of her work has appeared in: 


Reema ZamanThe 2018 Oregon Literary Arts Writer of Color Fellow, Reema Zaman is an award-winning author, speaker, actress, and illustrator. Her memoir, I Am Yours, will be released January 2019, hardcover through Amberjack Publishing, and audio book through Blackstone Publishing. As a teacher and advocate for writers, Reema is passionate about helping other artists find success, fulfillment, confidence, and sustainability in their work, livelihood, career, and creativity. She believes success, like “luck”, is the intersection between preparation and opportunity, and is committed to helping artists forge that intersection. She has had the honor of guest starring on Dear Sugars, The Unmistakable Creative, and other acclaimed podcasts. Some of her work has been featured in: