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The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir Workshop with Jennifer Browdy: Sap Rising

March 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


_K1A9010March’s catalyst for memoir writing is “Sap Rising.” From Jennifer’s Writer’s Companion: “This month, cast yourself into the flow of your emergence as a young adult. As the sap of your youth rose impetuously, unstoppably, what met you as you reached out into the world?”

These writing workshops are designed to accompany the monthly writing prompts in Jennifer’s new book The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion. Participants should expect to do some writing together at each session, and there will be time for sharing and discussion. Come to just one month, or register for the whole series! Drop-ins welcome.

Register here.

elemental-journey-cover-new-sm-copyJennifer, 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, has just been released, along with her writer’s guide for purposeful memoirists. 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.”

The Winter/Spring series of writing workshops will be held on March 25, April 15 (10 a.m. – noon) and 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. Come to any one, or the whole series!

Register here.


Praise for Jennifer’s memoir writing workshops:

JB3 small“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


March 25
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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South Berkshire Friends Meeting
280 State Road
Great Barrington, MA
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