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The Writer’s Journey: Crafting Personal Stories that are Vivid, Compelling and True  Weekend of April 6-8, 2018

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Many of us hold a deep dream of wanting to write. We want to write so we can understand ourselves more deeply and so that we can be seen. We sense that there are stories living inside of us that need to be told, but in our busy lives, we have not been able to create the time, space, or circumstances in which to do so. This workshop will give you that time. In our hours together, we will create a vibrant, supportive writing community. Through creative exercises, guided meditations, and evocative writing prompts, you will be taught how to transform scraps of memory into a rich written legacy. You can walk away with a myriad of strategies for writing about events that happened years ago with fresh immediacy. We will alternate periods of writing with listening to each other — not from a place of judgment or analysis, but from a place of focused attention and deep acceptance. Rather than focusing on critique or craft, this workshop will explore the healing power of language, the intimate rewards of a supportive writing community, and the transformation that occurs when we tell our true stories — and are deeply heard. Both new and seasoned writers are welcome to attend. Please bring a notebook and several fast-flowing pens.
Recommended reading: Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones.


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