About the Class
Whether you are actively working on a memoir project, or just want to spend a stimulating weekend writing in good company, this inspiring weekend workshop will give you new insights and entry points into your life story. Using the framework Jennifer developed in her two award-winning writer’s guides, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir and Purposeful Memoir as a Quest for a Thriving Future, we’ll work through a series of open-ended writing catalysts that will get you thinking more deeply about both the high points and the challenges of your life experience—saluting the positive and transmuting the negative through the alchemical process of purposeful writing. Time for sharing and small-group discussion, using Jennifer’s time-tested protocol for productive peer feedback, will offer opportunities for deep listening to self and others, as we honor the commonalities and differences among those in our circle.
Saturday Workshop One
The workshop will begin with an introduction to purposeful memoir, and alchemy as a useful way of approaching the art and craft of writing memoir. We’ll start by saluting positive experiences in your life story, from childhood, youth and adulthood.
Saturday Workshop Two
Sunday Final Workshop
Taking off from the writing generated on Saturday, we’ll explore possible directions for further development of your memoir, coming to a clearer understanding of your purpose in sharing your life story.
Who Should Take This Class
Purposeful memoir and alchemical writing are valuable for anyone working on a memoir, as well as for people who are interested in using writing as creative inquiry and reflection.
A few days before class begins, you will receive the class Zoom links to log into the class. There are no browser requirements, and Zoom is mobile-friendly. Please make sure you have the latest version of Zoom, which you can download here. If you have any questions about the technical requirements, please email email@example.com.
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About the Facilitator
Jennifer Browdy PhD is a professor of comparative literature and media arts at Bard College/Simon’s Rock and the Bard Open Society University Network. She coined the term “purposeful memoir” in her award-winning writer’s guides, Purposeful Memoir as a Quest for a Thriving Future (2022 Nautilus Gold Award) and The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion (2017 Nautilus Silver Award). Her memoir, What I Forgot ...And Why I Remembered, was one of six memoir finalists for the 2018 International Book Awards. The editor of three anthologies of global women’s writing and the online magazine Fired Up! Creative Expression for Challenging Times, she offers workshops in purposeful memoir along with coaching, manuscript review and publishing services at Green Fire Press. She is also the co-founder and host of the online community for writers, Birth Your Truest Story. Find out more at JenniferBrowdy.com.
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