Writing from the Heart: Your Memoir
With Billy Chism
August 8 - September 12, 2017
Come ready to write about your life. In our two-hour sessions (six in all), we will delve into memory and write about what our memories tell us. In a supportive and safe environment, as a group we will share stories and explore the creative process of writing from memory.
We are not looking to create the great American memoir, but as writer Natalie Goldberg reminds us: “We all have a dream of telling our stories…. writing is a path to meet ourselves and become intimate.”
All we need is a pen, paper (or laptop) and the human mind. We want to tell the truth and depict it in detail, but we may learn that sometimes our memory “invents the truth,” as author and writing teacher, the late William Zinsser states in his classic, Writing About Your Life: A Journey into the Past.
We will refer often to Zinsser’s book, and also to Goldberg’s classic, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within.
In her preface to the 30th anniversary edition published in 2016, Goldberg writes: “What have I learned about writing over thirty years? Many people who want to write are unconsciously seeking peace, a coming together, an acknowledging of our happiness or an examination of what is broken, hoping to embrace and bring our suffering to wholeness.”
Yes, writing can have a therapeutic effect. But we will go beyond that to find meaning in our memories. When we do, we will practice ways to narrate these memories. We will learn to trust ourselves – what our heart tells us – and transfer these thoughts clearly to the page. We will find ways to make these stories interesting to a reader.
Over this six-week period, we are going to take this journey together. My goal is you will continue writing after our time together, and you will trust yourself and your thoughts every time you sit down to write.
Workshop dates are: August 8, August 15, August 22, August 28, September 5, and September 12, 2017, from 10 a.m. – 12 noon, with lunch after. The program cost of $198 includes all six sessions and lunch. Workshops cannot be signed up for individually.
This writing series is limited to 10 participants, so please sign up early to have your space guaranteed.