Lowell Fewster

Lowell Fewster

In his 2019 memoir, Journey Without Maps: Discovering My Way through the Peace Corps, the Church, Social Justice Ministry & Photography, author Lowell Fewster tells how he was one of the first U.S. Peace Corps contingents in Nigeria in the early 1960 and how that experienced shaped his life. As an American Baptist minister, Lowell has been a pastor, campus minister, seminary administrator and regional church leader.  He and his wife, Julie, attended Susan Omilian’s “From Memory to Memoir” class in Windsor, Connecticut and both produced memoirs.  Lowell wrote of working with Susan:  “Essential help in the creation and writing of this memoir came from Susan — teacher, writing coach and editor. I took her memoir-writing class three times.  (I hope I finally got it right!) Susan has encouraged me, shown me the way and enabled this memoir to become a reality.”

 

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Janina B. Nawarskas

Janina B. Nawarskas
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Janina Nawarskas, Author

Janina has self-published her memoir, A Child Lost: My Life’s Journey from War Torn Europe to Proud American.  It is an inspiring story of how Janina, born in 1936 in Lithuania, had her comfortable life with her parents and brothers shattered by World War II, leaving her an orphan child attempting to survive in the hellish ruins of war torn Europe.

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Janina’s memoir

Janina was a student in Susan Omilian’s From Memory to Memoir: Writing Your Life Story classes over the period of several years.  She has written an inspiring story of her courageous journey to survive not only World War II and be reunited with her family, but also other struggles and trials while living in the United States after the war.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lori Rea

Lori Rea

Loretta (we know her as Lori) Vandivier Rea has published her book, Ghosts of the Connecticghost_stories_of_CTut River through Trafford Publishing.  It’s a great collection of stories of strange happenings on the river!

Lori’s 10 year old grandson took the photograph of the Rocky Hill/Glastonbury ferry landing that was chosen for the cover.

 

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Sharon Hackleman

Sharon Hackleman

Sharon Hackleman marion-the-magnets-first-missionself-published her first children’s book,  Marion the Magnet’s First Mission, to teach kids about the law of attraction with her character’s “Easy as 1-2-3, Think it to be!” lesson.  Sharon thanked Susan in the introduction of the book “for being the best writing coach in the universe!” Visit Sharon’s author’s page.

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Jay R. Worsham

Jay R. Worsham

Jay R. Worsham is the author of Florida Freeze: A Rick Fortune Adventure, a preposterously funny spy thriller set in South Florida.  After Susan helped Jay as a writing coach with this novel,  he  self-published it as well a second Rick Fortune adventure, Florida Green.   Jay has self-published several other books including Blood Red Ruby and The Wall of Forgetfulness.  Check out Jay’s author page.

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Buy a War Bond, Sign a Bomber

Buy a War Bond, Sign a Bomber

In memory of their mother, josephine-sign-a-bomberJosephine Siembor Omilian, Susan and her siblings self-published a booklet about their mother’s World War II service. Her brother Frank wrote and researched the fifteen-page piece while Susan worked on layout and production design. The booklet was given to Josephine’s family as a gift in December 2005.

Here’s what Frank wrote as an introduction to the booklet:

I knew the short story of my mother signing the bomber from things she had told us about it over the years and from the other photos in her album from that day. A few more details surfaced in the months before her death, at 84, in December, 2003, because two of her nieces had asked her questions about the war and her war job. She promised them copies of the bomber photo, pulled the negative from her well-organized files and had me make copies of the picture for her to pass around the family. The day before she died, she handed me the remaining six copies of the photo and a list of who they were for. It was left to me to finish the job and to tell the story.

This is a great example of how a family can work together
on a memory piece.

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