This morning I’m staring down the work I need to get done before leaving for Nova Scotia, the writing retreat I’m leading, and my graduation from my Big MFA Adventure. I’ll only take a quick moment to update you about workshops coming up this summer, and then–back to work!
I’m starting my next Remember to Write! workshop June 12 in South Madison.
Turning memories into memoir essays presents a spectacular opportunity to explore the writing craft while you discover new perspectives on your life. Each week in this 6-week workshop we’ll discuss different aspects of writing short memoir essays, then read and share our stories. You’ll produce up to five short essays (3-5 pages) that reflect your adventures, observations, and unique writing talents.
- When: six Wednesday evenings, 6:00-7:45, June 12 through July 17
- Where: South Madison Library, 2222 South Park Street
- To register, go here. http://host.evanced.info/madison/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=85089
I’d like to try offering this as an online course, so if you’re intrigued but live outside Madison, let me know.
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I’m in the planning stages with my next Guided Autobiography group, in downtown Madison. Once I have the time/date/place firmed up for this 10-week workshop, I’ll offer a couple of free previews, so you can explore what guided autobiography is all about.
If you think you might like to participate, let me know–call 608-347-7329 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
James Birren’s Guided Autobiography approach helps individuals find structure and meaning in their lives, and convey it in a written life story. We use themes and priming questions t evoke memories of events once known but filed away and seemingly forgotten. Writing and sharing life stories with others is an ideal way to find new meaning in life as the uncertainties of the past, and the contradictions, paradoxes, and events of life are put into perspective. Participants typically achieve greater resilience, direction, and appreciation of their lives. The focus is life review, but we do touch on writing technique as well.
And that’s what I’ve got to offer this morning!