The Alchemy of Purposeful Memoir: Seeking Joy

The Alchemy of Purposeful Memoir: Seeking Joy

Whether you are actively working on a memoir project, or just want to spend a stimulating afternoon writing in good company, this inspiring workshop will give you new insights and entry points into your life story. Using the framework Jennifer developed in her award-winning writer’s guide, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir, we’ll work with some open-ended writing catalysts that will get you thinking more deeply about both the high points and the challenges of your life experience—saluting the positive and transmuting the negative. Optional sharing, using Jennifer’s time-tested protocol for productive peer feedback, will offer opportunities for deep listening to self and others, as we honor the commonalities and differences among those in our circle.

(Author photo by Jake Borden)

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Jennifer Browdy, PhD, an associate professor of comparative literature and media arts at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in western Massachusetts, coined the term “purposeful memoir” in her award-winning writer’s guide, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion (2017 Nautilus Silver Award). Her memoir, What I Forgot ...And Why I Remembered, was one of six memoir finalists for the 2018 International Book Awards. The editor of three anthologies of global women’s writing and the online magazine Fired Up! Creative Expression for Challenging Times, she offers workshops in purposeful memoir along with coaching, manuscript review and publishing services at Green Fire Press. Find out more at JenniferBrowdy.com

Location: 
Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, Wolfville
Price: 
$79.00
Member Price: 
$49.00
Date: 
Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

The Art of Writing Summer Camp I

This summer, we're partnering with NSCAD University's School of Extended Studies to offer two creative writing camps, one for youth ages 11 to 13, the other for teens ages 14+.

The first class, offered July 15 to July 19 for youth ages 11 to 13, will explore the written word using creative approaches, such as visual writing prompts, to discover and explore character development, build description through observation, expand the use of figurative language, and promote journal writing. Participants will delve into different genres and styles of writing, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, picture books, and graphic novels. Camps will feature visits by professionally published authors who are valued participants in the WFNS Writers in the Schools program, and have in-depth experience working with tweens and teens. Classes will be a mixture of classroom activities and outdoors adventures to promote physical activity and imaginative play.

On Monday, July 15, ALICE WALSH will challenge you to throw your amazing character into a swamp with alligators, show her struggling to survive, then have her escape just as she’s about to be eaten.

On Tuesday, July 16 in WADE WHITE’s science fiction and fantasy workshop, you’ll learn to build amazing and detailed worlds in which to set your stories and create weird and wonderful characters to fill those worlds.

On Wednesday, July 17 poet DEIRDRE DWYER will get you to play with figurative language and sensory descriptions. You’ll discuss poetics and wow moments. 

On Thursday, July 18, PHIL MOSCOVITCH will introduce you to how great non-fiction writing uses a lot of the same elements as fiction, except you do not make stuff up! In his session, you will tell non-fiction stories by exploring objects and the environment using all five senses. (Well, at least four—maybe not taste).

On Friday, July 19, JAN COATES will rev up your imagination so that you can use your words to breathe life into characters—creating people readers want to know.

Registration is through NSCAD's School of Extended Studies

Location: 
NSCAD University Port Campus Room 208 1107 Marginal Road, Halifax
Date: 
Monday, July 15, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, July 19, 2019 - 4:15pm

The Art of Writing Summer Camp II

This summer, we're partnering with NSCAD University's School of Extended Studies to offer two creative writing camps, one for youth ages 11 to 13, the other for teens ages 14+.

The second class, offered July 22 to July 26 for teens 14 years of age and up, will explore the written word using creative approaches, such as visual writing prompts, to discover and explore character development, build description through observation, expand the use of figurative language, and promote journal writing. Participants will delve into different genres and styles of writing, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, picture books, and graphic novels. Camps will feature visits by professionally published authors who are valued participants in the WFNS Writers in the Schools program, and have in-depth experience working with tweens and teens. Classes will be a mixture of classroom activities and outdoors adventures to promote physical activity and imaginative play.

On Monday, VALERIE COMPTON will challenge you to hack—and break and sidestep—the rules of writing to build stories that are exploratory, captivating and fun. 

On Tuesday, SARAH SAWLER will delve into the world of journalistic non-fiction and talk about the art of the interview, writing about wacky events, and how she collaborated with the famous weather forecaster Frankie MacDonald.

On Wednesday, in ANDRE FENTON’s workshop you will learn the basics of poetry, and how it will help you become a more versatile, adaptable and fluid wordsmith.

On Thursday, illustrator EMMA FITZGERALD will share how travel and her neighbourhood informed her drawing style. She will lead drawing exercises to help you understand how in letting go in the creative process, you can achieve exceptional results.

On Friday, COOPER LEE BOMBARDIER poses the question: Whose shoes? His workshop, Writing Without Othering, will aid in the exploration of identities not our own in our creative writing.

Registration is through NSCAD's School of Extended Studies. Registration deadline is July 15, 2019.

Location: 
NSCAD University Port Campus Room 208 1107 Marginal Road, Halifax
Date: 
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, July 26, 2019 - 4:15pm

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