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The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir with Jennifer Browdy: Fueling the Creative Fires
April 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm$35
April’s catalyst for memoir writing is “Fueling the Creative Fires.” From Jennifer’s Writer’s Companion: “Although the rhyme says April is the time of showers, it is also a fire month, and I encourage you to use both the cool nourishment of rain and the delicious heat of the sun to fuel your creative fires on these lively spring days. This month, chart the development of your passions, as well as any trials and tribulations you may have experienced along life’s journey, paying attention to signs and conditions that you may not have noticed much while you were in the heat of the moment.”
The writing workshops are designed to spark your creative fires with a monthly dose of inspiration and companionship along the writing journey. Come prepared for some writing and sharing in good company. Drop-ins always welcome.
Jennifer, a professor of literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and founding director of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, is a gifted teacher, editor and author coach specializing in memoir. Her own memoir, What I Forgot…And Why I Remembered: A Journey to Environmental Awareness and Activism Through Purposeful Memoir, is available wherever fine books are sold. Learn more about Jennifer here.
Her unique framework for teaching memoir provides multiple entry points for the investigation of the stages of life, using the four elements as metaphors: Earth, the childhood ground of our being; Water, the social flow we enter as teenagers and young adults; Fire, the passions and trials of full adulthood; and Air, our own constant commentary on our lived experience.
“Memoir is an opportunity to explore how our personal experience aligns with (or diverges from) the dominant cultural narratives of our time and place, as well as how we have related, over time, to the broader planetary landscape that sustains us,” Jennifer says.
Jennifer has coined the term “purposeful memoir” to describe a life history undertaken “to offer the fruits of our experiences to as nourishment to others, and to answer the call to step fully into our potential as the positive change agents the world needs now.”
Her new book, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion, offers monthly writing prompts designed to catalyze any writer’s memory.
“The prompts are open-ended and thought-provoking, like beacons along the journey through the personal and social landscapes that live on in our memories,” Jennifer says. “Everyone’s story is so different, but we all experience some commonalities as we go through life. As the title of this book suggests, I intend the monthly prompts and essays on craft to offer companionship and guidance for new and experienced memoirists alike. We’re all on this journey together!”
The next workshop in the Spring series will be held on May 20, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the South Berkshire Friends Meeting House, 280 State Road, Great Barrington. The cost is $35 per session.
Praise for Jennifer’s memoir writing workshops:
“Jennifer’s passion for ‘women who write’ is evident in her ongoing commitment to those of us who do. In a soft voice she fearlessly leads, directs, and most of all…deeply cares. We wrote from our hearts and she opened hers, steering us here, guiding us there and always… leading us right back to ourselves.” –NP, Dallas TX
“Jennifer provided a warm and accepting safe haven for us to share the tender parts of ourselves through writing exercises presented with an expert and delicate hand. The format kept us moving, thinking, laughing, writing, and the time flew! At the end of this weekend, I felt both inspired and encouraged that, maybe, just maybe, I really can write!” –AS, Lenox MA
“Many, many thanks for an amazing weekend. It was worth every minute of traveling….I will be forever grateful and in remembrance of the incred- ible women in this group!”— PS, San Francisco CA
“Thanks so much to Jennifer for leading us on a rich, evocative journey.”— ZR, Lee MA