Wednesday and Thursday, June 11 & 12, 6 – 8 p.m.

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez

Registration: $150; $140 before June 1.  Click here to register online or mail in your check.

Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez

Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez

This workshop is for women who want to use writing to explore their life story in a purposeful way—to move towards greater clarity not only about their own lives, but about the world we live in and our own life purpose on Earth at this time. Women at any stage of their life journey are invited to spend a pair of summer evenings thinking in writing about where we have come from and where we are now, individually and as a society, and how can we use the past and present as a springboard into the future we want to joyously co-create. The workshop will offer writing prompts based on the four elements—earth, water, fire, and air—as a way both to structure our own life experiences and to deepen our awareness of our connection to the planet that sustains us. Bring your preferred writing implements and a zest for writing!

Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University with a focus on women’s personal narratives, and has been teaching literature, writing and media studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock since 1994. She is the editor of two anthologies of women’s writing, Women Writing Resistance in Latin America and the Caribbean (South End Press, 2004) and African Women Writing Resistance (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011), and has published many scholarly articles on the nexus of the personal and the political in women’s writing, as well as delivered many conference papers and talks at colleges and universities around the country. Jennifer is the founding director of the annual month-long, multi-venue Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, an organization dedicated to opening up more spaces for women’s perspectives and stories to be heard in the public sphere in celebration of Women’s History Month. Her own “purposeful memoir” of the reawakening of her environmental consciousness will be published in 2015. She blogs on the interrelationships between the personal and the planetary at Transition Times.