February 14, 2020 1:30 pm / 3:30 pm
Monthly drop-in sessions focus on different aspects of writing spiritual memoir: themes that commonly arise, craft techniques, challenges and joys of the writing process, and practices for opening our work to the spirit’s movement. Sessions include writing exercises, examples from leading and emerging writers, lecture, and small group conversation.
February: Perspective and Insight
All memoir is a dialogue between past and present, between the “character” you were then and the “narrator” you are today. We’ll practice using the reflective voice in memoir as a way to invite perspective and insight.
March: Writing Trauma, with guest author Susan Power
How do we write difficult memories with open hearts, good self-care, and art? “Let story go where it wants to go,” author Susan Power advises. Power will guide us through different strategies—including fiction—for writing about trauma and getting at the truth of our experience.
April: Holy Play
Writing brings us the best surprises when we don’t take ourselves too seriously! We’ll use whimsical entries into memory, learning how to shake off the inner critic and welcome the unexpected, ever-creating spirit.
May: Writing about Others
Our stories are crowded with people. How can we write about them with compassion? How can we represent them on the page in a way that’s respectful, multidimensional, and engaging—moving us, as Diane Glancy says, “from an objectifying relationship into a relationship with a Sacred Other”?
June: Compassion and Revision
The roots of both revision and respect mean “see again.” A rough draft is one dimension of a story; when we revise, we honor ourselves and our stories by seeing new dimensions.
January 24th, 2020