Monthly online drop-in sessions facilitated 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. To support individual writers and writing groups in the ever-deepening practice of writing spiritual memoir, time is included for participant questions.
Each online session will be facilitated by Elizabeth via Zoom. Elizabeth will reflect on the day’s theme and provide readings, writing prompts and handouts with craft advice. The sessions will allow time for small group breakout discussion as well as large group discussion and questions.
September: Writing Our Way to Hope
Writing, when understood as a spiritual practice, invites us into a new relationship with hope—away from hope for an outcome toward hope as a wellspring. Together we’ll harvest memories of this more mystical experience of hope and cultivate healthy, hopeful writing practices to sustain us through these difficult times.
October: Holy Play
If we don’t take ourselves too seriously, writing can knock our socks off! We’ll use whimsical entries into memory, learning how to shake off the inner critic and welcome the unexpected, ever-creating spirit.
November: Writing Trauma, with Susan Power
How do we write difficult memories with open hearts, good self-care, and art? How do we write in traumatic times? “Let story go where it wants to go,” author Susan Power advises. Power will guide us through different strategies—including fiction—for writing about trauma and getting at the truth of our experience.
December: Symbols & Metaphors
In this season of encroaching darkness, we’ll search for the images that act as guiding lights within our stories, transcending the ordinary and bringing us hope. Our memories are rich with symbolism; memoir writing can ignite these symbols, for ourselves and our readers.
COST: $100.00 for the series, $30.00 per session.
Each session will be held via Zoom and has a total contact time of two hours.
Register for Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop
(The Introductory Workshop is not a prerequisite for the Monthly Drop-In Sessions)
Series Introduction from Elizabeth:
Online Course Expectations + Details:
- After registering and prior to the date of each monthly writing session, you will receive an email from Wisdom Ways with the Zoom link and other information.
- Register as individuals; if more than one person from your household is taking the course, ensure that you are participating in the course from separate devices.
- Have the technology and internet connection that allow for stable video and audio connection through a computer or a hand-held device (e.g., tablet or smart phone).
- Each Zoom session will open 15 minutes prior to the start time so that any technological challenges can be addressed.
- Each Zoom session will include a facilitator from Wisdom Ways who will help navigate the small groups, and the questions and comments that are shared through the chat function.
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.
Susan Power is the author of The Grass Dancer (1995 PEN/Hemingway prize), Roofwalker (2002 Milkweed National Fiction Prize), and Sacred Wilderness. Her short stories and essays have been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies including, The Best American Short Stories of 1993 and Granta. An enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, born and raised in Chicago, she is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop who makes her home in St. Paul.
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