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

Thursday Introductory Workshop
Thursday, February 2, 2017, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Spiritual memoir is the practice of listening deeply to 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 from what we’ve experienced.  It’s possible to find holiness in the details of our memories, in the patterns that unify our sense of self, and in the deep personal healing that comes when we write.  By crafting our stories to engage the inner lives of readers, we 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 memoir writing, 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.

When: Thursday, February 2, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Cost: $40.00 

Registration for this workshop is closed.

Register for a drop-in "Seed" Writing session

Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Writing Sessions | Second Fridays
Fridays, January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, & June 9, 2017
1:30 - 3:30 pm

Monthly drop-in sessions led by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew 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. 

January 13: Light and Darkness
Spiritual memoirs inevitably encompass both joy and hardship.  What literary tools can help us “wail the right question into the swaddling band of darkness,” as Annie Dillard put it, “or, if it comes to that, choir the proper praise”?

February 10: Cultivating Love
“What goes on in your innermost being is worthy of your whole love,” Rilke told the young poet.  Writing memories can be an expression of this love.  We’ll grapple lovingly with our past, practice writing as a loving act, and open ourselves to receiving love through the creative process.

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March 10: Holy Resistance
Sometimes resistance—to creativity, to spiritual practice—is a sign that our small, limited self feels threatened by the True Self.  When we resist the process of writing or the material that arises, how can we open our hearts to transformation?

April 14: Living the Questions
Questions pry open possibilities, expose alternatives, ask that we see through new eyes, motivate, open us to love—and are a writer’s best tool.  We’ll explore questions as portals into memory and instruments of revision.

May 12: The Natural World
“Earth’s crammed with heaven, / And every common bush afire with God,” writes Elizabeth Barrett Browning.  Together we’ll plumb memory for encounters with the natural world—animals, plants, weather, elements, seasons, landscapes—seeking the heaven crammed within.

June 9: Looking Back, Seeing Again
The roots of the word “respect” mean “to look back at.”  The roots of the word “revision” mean “to see again.”  We’ll explore revision as a way to gain respect—and reverence—for our experiences.

When: Fridays, January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, & June 9, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

Cost: $150.00 for the series; $30.00 for single session

This series is now closed for registration.

Writing instructor and spiritual director Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew is the author of Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir; the forthcoming Living Revision: Opening the Writer’s Art; 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.

Thursday introductory workshop: Thursday, February 2, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Monthly writing sessions: Fridays, January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, & June 9
1:30 - 3:30 pm

Thursday Introductory workshop: $40.00 (Registration for this workshop is closed).
Monthly writing sessions: $150.00 for the series, $30.00 per session

This series is now closed for registration.