Second Fridays, 1:30-3:30 CT. These Wisdom Ways spiritual memoir drop-in sessions are meant to support the ongoing spiritual practice of writing memoir. Sign up for the series or single classes.
April 9: Writing About Others
May 14: Writing as Mindfulness
June 11: Re-seeing Revision
May 17-June 4. Writing the Sacred Journey: Introductory Workshop. Join me for a self-paced course introducing 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.
Wednesdays, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, September 15, October 20, November 17, and December 15, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. CT. Writers’ Circle: Tending Writer and Writing. The most significant creation born of writing is the person the writer becomes for having written. With intention, a community can tend both the literary creation and what’s coming alive inside the creators. In this facilitated small group modeled after spiritual direction groups and Quaker clearness committees, the circle will magnify our listening and hold us accountable to the creative source. Unlike traditional writing groups which focus exclusively on the text, we will attend the aliveness moving within both writer and text. We create our best work when our inner transformation receives the support of others. Note: This group may take place in person at Wisdom Ways.
May 20, 6:00-7:00 p.m. CT. ARC Third Thursday reading. I was living at the ARC Retreat Center when I wrote my memoir, Swinging on the Garden Gate, so ARC features prominently in my story. Join me as I share a few passages and discuss living in community, retreat ministry, and memoir writing.