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Diana Raab, Ph.D.

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Diana Raab, Ph.D.

Diana Raab is a memoirist, blogger, poet, workshop facilitator, and thought-provoker. She has her doctorate in transpersonal psychology and her research focused on the transformative and empowering aspects of memoir writing connecting Maslow’s theory of metamotivation and creativity, emphasizing the advantages of reaching one’s full human potential.

Her book, Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Program for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life is forthcoming in 2017. She’s also the award-winning author of 8 books including two memoirs, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal and Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey and 4 poetry collections, including the latest, Lust. She’s also editor of two anthologies, Writers on the Edge: 22 Writers Speak About Addiction and Dependence and Writers and Their Notebooks.

Dr. Raab has been a writer for over 40 years and has published more than 1000, and has been anthologized in various publications, such as The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, The International Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Qualitative Report, Boiler Room Journal, The Writer, Passager, and Rattle. She was also a Pushcart Nominee.

For over fifty years, Dr. Raab’s passion and expertise has been writing for healing, transformation and empowerment. She has been writing since childhood, when her mother gave her a journal to help her cope with her grandmother and caretaker’s suicide. She is also a two-time cancer survivor and inspires others to chronicle their journeys as a way to wholeness and self-realization.

In addition, Dr. Raab is very interested in creativity and what drives the creative process. Her early inspiration came from reading the journals of Anaïs Nin, as she was captivated by her candor and honesty. Raab also holds a B.A. in Health Administration, Nursing and Journalism and an MFA in nonfiction writing.

Dr. Raab serves on a number of boards including, The Center for Autobiographical Studies, Poets & Writers, and is a trustee for the University of Santa Barbara (UCSB) and is on the Advisory Board for the MFA in Writing Program at Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB).  She’s frequently invited as a guest blogger, and regularly blogs for Psychology Today, and The Huffington Post  (Boomer Column). She also pens an inspirational monthly newsletter featuring writing for transformation, psychological tidbits, book reviews and upcoming events. Readers may sign up on her website   — www.dianaraab.com

Activism and Self-Care

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Why Should You Write Memoir?

Much of what I will share here is from my forthcoming book, Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life, which will be released in September 2017. As the author of two full-length memoirs ...

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How to Write your Way to Bliss

In the writing workshops I teach, I advocate that writing can save your life.  Using my own life as a compass, I suggest that when navigating difficult waters, we all need something to turn to—whatever tempers our stress levels. For ...

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