You actually can change the direction of your life by writing it.
Steve Friedman’s Workshop on the Art of the Personal Essay: Divorce, Breakups and Beginnings
The ability to let go of the simple narratives about our lives, and give ourselves the freedom to explore complexity, has a huge impact on how we shape our future. Whether you dream of being published or just want to find your way out of the forest of grief, this workshop is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.
THE CONVENTIONAL BREAKUP STORY:
girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl finds better boy and ultimate riches and happiness as a fly-fishing instructor in Montana.
We’re not ones to quibble with happy endings, but they are rarely so simple or straightforward as the conventional narrative suggests. Reality is messier, more complicated, more nuanced. It’s not one but a number of realities, each hard to grasp in its own way, each excruciating in its own manner, each moving toward its own singular resolution.
WHAT’S YOUR NARRATIVE?
If you’re like most people, you’ve been telling yourself a particular story for a long time, without recognizing the elements of the story–or even that it’s a story at all.
In three intensive sessions over the course of the weekend, this workshop will provide you an opportunity to examine the truth – both literal and emotional – of your story and to convey it in a compelling way. Publication is not the primary goal, but it will be discussed, encouraged, and hopefully achieved for those who are interested.
This weekend includes:
• Lessons on the craft of the personal essay
• Assigned readings
• Talks and discussion with guest speakers.
• Group discussion and feedback on your work
• Three delicious home cooked meals (dinner and two lunches)
Friday, May 19th, 6-9pm (includes dinner)
Saturday May 20th, 10am-4pm (includes lunch)
Sunday, May 21st, 10am-4pm (includes lunch)
*New* Final Session, Date TBD (weekend of June 3rd)
Read words from previous attendees here
Thank you all for helping me to find my story and reclaim it from my ex. I’ve wanted to arrive here for quite some time and when he dropped the kids off with me tonight I felt different; not angry and disgusted! A miracle.
What a magical weekend! And what a beautiful group of women. A 'Breakfast Club' in composite, creating and audience, a safe circle with similar circumstance, but each with a different tale. All day I've been processing my story. I want to thank the entire group for helping me get there - and really finding my story.