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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 challenges that we face is 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.  

By putting our lives into words, we say to ourselves and to the world: I am here. And this is my story. 


Dana Mich | Founder. Dana is a mom and memoir writer living in Charlottesville, VA. She founded Moving Forewords because she believes that writing and reading diverse first-person accounts is a powerful exercise in human empathy. While her memoir is in progress, some her writing can be found in:


Melanie BrooksMelanie is a writer, teacher, and mother living in Nashua, New Hampshire. She is the author of Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma. As Melanie says: “I love words… I watch them over and over again, shaping and reshaping… searching for the story they want to tell and the language with which to tell it.” Some of her writing can be found in:


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