Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir

Saturday Introductory Workshop
Saturday, September 26, 2015, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Spiritual memoir is the practice of listening deeply to our life experiences through the creation of artful, true stories.  We come more alive when we accept how our experiences have formed us and when we form something of what we’ve experienced.  By writing memories with intention, we can find holiness in the details, patterns that unify our sense of self, and deep personal healing.  By crafting our stories to engage the inner life of readers, we can participate in transforming our world.

Join Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew for an introduction to the art and spiritual practice of writing memoir.  What is memoir, and how is it different from autobiography?  What makes memoir spiritual?  How can the practice of writing memoir, whether for an audience or no audience, support spiritual growth?  We will start with the basics, using writing exercises, readings from master writers, and conversation.  We will also discuss how to sustain the practice with writing partners or small groups in hopes of launching ongoing support for new writers.

When: Saturday, September 26, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cost: $50.00, includes lunch

The introductory session is now closed for registration.

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Writing Sessions | Third Fridays
Fridays, October 16, November 20, and December 18, 2015. 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Monthly drop-in classes 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.  Because they are meant to support individual writers and writing groups in the ever-deepening practice of writing spiritual memoir, these sessions will include time for participants’ questions.

October 16: Everything Sacred
We’ll practice mining ordinary objects and activities for spiritual content, learn the difference between showing and telling, and discuss ways for getting started.

November 20: No Surprise for the Writer, No Surprise for the Reader
Using Robert Frost’s wisdom as a premise, we’ll reflect on the importance of discovery in the writing process.  The writer’s journey through the writing is just as important as the events he or she writes about.

December 18: God (and good writing) in the Details
The right details bring light and life to a story.  We’ll practice finding details that work and look through our descriptions to the numinous meaning they reveal.

Cost: $60 for the series or $25 per individual sessions

*Introductory workshop is not a prerequisite for the monthly writing sessions*

Writing instructor and spiritual director Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew is the author of the novel, Hannah, Delivered; Writing the Sacred Journey:  The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir; and many other books, essays, and short memoirs.  Her work most often explores intersections between spiritual growth and the creative process.  Learn more at www.elizabethjarrettandrew.com.

Saturday introductory workshop: Saturday, September 26, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (now closed for registration)
Monthly writing sessions: Fridays, October 16, November 20, December 18, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Saturday introductory workshop: $50, includes lunch (now closed for registration)
Monthly writing sessions: $60 for the series, $25 per session

*Introductory workshop is not a prerequisite for the monthly writing sessions*