February 9, 2019, 9:00am-12:00 p.m.: Writing the Sacred Journey: An introduction to writing spiritual memoir at Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality.
Second Fridays, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Wisdom Ways Spiritual Memoir drop-in sessions.
January 11: Community in the Creative Process
It takes a village to raise a child—and to raise a story. We’ll honor Wisdom Ways’ winter/spring theme by exploring how community participates in our spiritual memoir writing. Who are the many audiences already at work within our unread drafts? How can we write about loved ones honestly and lovingly? How might writing for an audience become a radical act of hospitality? If every spiritual journey worth its salt lands in community, what does this mean for our most intimate, creative work?
February 8: Art as Theft: Imitation Writing
Pablo Picasso famously said that all art is theft. We’ll test the boundaries of plagiarism by fearlessly borrowing gifted writers’ ideas, trying on a variety of voices, and imitating skillful techniques. Everyone who writes can participate in a conversation with other writers that transcends time and place. Join us for an afternoon of playful experimentation!
March 8: All My Relations
Our personal stories are intricately linked with the lives of our ancestors. Guest author Diane Wilson (bio below) will guide us to write the stories of those who have come before us, not as a simple family history but as a healing, sacred exploration of our own stories. She will also read excerpts from and discuss the writing of her memoir, Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, which traces her family’s ancestry over five generations.
April 12: Parts in the Whole: Form
Every bit of creation has an inherent, unique form—including our stories. We’ll experiment with structural possibilities for spiritual memoir, reflect on how form follows function in writing, and practice listening for emergent unity within the fragments of our memories.
May 10: Childhood, Revisited
Our spiritual journeys find their source and direction in our youngest years, when our first experiences indelibly marked us. How can we revisit early memories with compassion, curiosity, and humility?
June 14: Community and Revision
Stephen King says, “Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open”—but we can open that door slowly and deliberately. To conclude our season of celebrating community, we’ll explore life-giving ways to welcome others’ eyes as a means for re-seeing our work. How can we preserve our sense of safety, freedom, and exploration in the writing process while also sharing our writing? Might our memoirs help us foster sacred connections to others?