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)


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

Wolfville Memorial Library, 21 Elm Avenue, Wolfville
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Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm