Date: March 27, 2014
Media Contact: Susan Albert
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Story Circle Network Announces Sarton Memoir Award

(Austin, TX. March 27, 2014)—The Story Circle Network (SCN) is pleased to announce that Tanya Ward Goodman has won the Sarton Memoir Award for her book Leaving Tinkertown (University of New Mexico Press, 2013). Beautifully crafted and compassionate, this daughter's tale is the story of a father's early-onset dementia and the tragedy and unexpected comedy of caring for a funny, stubborn man who remained a talented artist even as he changed before his family's eyes. One of our judges commented: "This book clung to me as I read it; I couldn't bear to put it down."


In addition, three finalists were named:

The Women's Memoir Award is named for May Sarton, distinguished American memoirist, poet, and novelist and is offered annually by the Story Circle Network, an international nonprofit association of women life-writers. For information about the 2013-2014 award cycle, visit SCN's website at

SCN also sponsors the largest and longest-lived women's book review site on the Internet; a program of online writing classes taught by and for women; an editorial service; and the bi-annual conference, "Stories From the Heart." Membership in SCN is open to any woman who is interested in writing about her life experiences. For details:

For information about the 2013-2014 competition, click here