Tuesday, September 8 – Friday, September 25, 2020

This class has reached capacity. To be added to a waiting list, please contact the Wisdom Ways Office at 651-696-2788 or info@wisdomwayscenter.org.

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.

During this self-paced, two-and-a-half-week online independent study, writers can view Elizabeth’s video lectures, respond to writing prompts, and immerse themselves in the genre and practice of spiritual memoir through readings and a community forum.  Elizabeth will meet with the class via Zoom once as well as comment in the course forum.


COST:  $50.00. Registered participants will be able to access the course from September 8 – 25 and will receive instructions prior to the start of the course with details about getting started. Please register as individuals.

Important Course Dates:

  • Elizabeth will host a Zoom call with the class on Monday, September 14, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm CDT. This call is optional and you will receive more details upon accessing the course.
  • Elizabeth will spend an hour of time on the course forum responding to questions on September 11, 18, and 25.
  • You will be asked to complete a course evaluation by Wednesday, September 30.

Learn more about Writing the Sacred Journey: Monthly Sessions with Elizabeth.

Recommended Course Text:

Writing the Sacred Journey:  The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir
Elizabeth J. Andrew
Boston:  Skinner House Books, 2005.

The course includes recommended, but not required, readings from this text. If you would like to acquire a copy, consider ordering from:

Online Course Expectations + Details:

  • Time Commitment:  We anticipate that the course will take approximately 6 to 12 hours depending on your level of engagement with the course exercises and materials.
  • Accessing and setting up an account in the Course Portal: This course will ask you to set up an account in order to access course content and materials.  After you have registered and paid for the course and prior to the start of the course, you will receive an email from Wisdom Ways with instructions on how to get into the Course Portal.
  • Technical Requirements: If you have access to a computer or other device (laptop, iPad, smartphone, etc.) and an internet connection, you will be able to engage in all aspects of this course. You are welcome to download and print all supplemental materials if you have access to a printer.  There will also be one Zoom call.



Writing instructor and spiritual director Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew is the author of Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir; Living Revision: A Writer’s Craft as Spiritual Practice; and many other books, essays, and short memoirs.  Her work explores intersections between spiritual growth and the creative process.

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