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Writing to Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Transformation Weekend of August 30-September 1, 2019

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When memoir is used as a path of self-discovery, it becomes a spiritual as well as an artistic pursuit. As you learn to tell the whole truth about experience and to discern your own soul’s journey, you come to understand the mythic dimension of personal struggles, triumphs, confusions, longings, digressions and so-called mistakes. Liberated from the myth that your story is you, and aware that every life narrative is a work of fiction, you are freed of the unnecessary limits these fictions impose on your life and imagination. In this transformational workshop for writers of all levels, students will examine their core narratives, using the Writing to Awaken method of targeted self-inquiry and radical truth telling. As Mark teaches, “When you tell the truth, your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed.” Whether you’re working on a memoir, or using expressive writing for self-exploration and healing, this workshop will help to deepen your insight, improve your writing skills, reframe obsolete narratives, and open new pathways to creative expression.

Please bring writing materials: laptop or a notebook and pen.

Recommended reading: Matousek, Writing to Awaken: A Journey of Truth, Transformation, and Self-Discovery.


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