WALK OF LIFE
Memoir and Storytelling
This experiential workshop series is for folks of any age who want to dip into the ocean of their life experience and pull up some pearls of wisdom.
I imagine that you’re drawn to this workshop because there’s something you’re ready to reveal. Maybe the telling of it is just for you. Your motivation is internal. You want to learn about yourself, find out what you’re thinking, feeling, how you’re made, what the most meaningful thing is for you to be and to do. Or your motivation is external and for others. You want to share something to connect, to teach, to leave something behind. A perspective, a blueprint. A theory, a worldview.
You may still be thinking about which of your many great stories you want to start with. You may be well underway. Or you may be nearly finished. Whether you want to tell your story live in front of an audience or in writing, my hope is that this experiential series that combines both the written and spoken word will help you forward.
Memoir is a rich genre in literature today – broad, diverse and growing. While an autobiography is the story OF a life, memoir is a story FROM a life. A story FROM a life means you can write more than one memoir. My intention for this workshop is to guide you in getting even more to heart of yourself and the story that you most want to tell, that you have to tell. Toward that end, we’ll journey back and forward, but mostly we’ll be right here together.
This workshop offers a safe space in which to explore the roots of your self-judgment around your voice, fears, memories and experiences, both positive and negative. You’ll uncover the power you have to witness the inner critic, rewrite the story and enlist the seemingly negative inner voice in service to your outer self-expression, fondest desires and legacy work.
I bring my own past roles as singer, actor, director, writer and speaker to the table in guiding you through this course. We’ll employ the techniques of journaling, free writing, role play, and dialoguing in both small and large group contexts.
In Week 1 – Self Harvest – we survey the pinnacle moments of our lives in each decade through free writing and in conversation with ourselves.
In Week 2 – Story Chord – we uncover the common thread or red thread of belief, values and passions that courses through our experiences.
In Week 3 – Walk of Life – we revisit our professions, careers and roles to reveal what these have so far taught us about the art of living. We will write our own obits and eulogies.
In Week 4 – What Will They Say at My Funeral – we affirm each other’s journeys and examine our own paths to see where we may yet make changes and fulfill long-held dreams. Those who wish to will present their obits to the class. We will take turn reading each others’ eulogies.
(Workshop Length Options: 2-hrs per week for 1 month, a weekend workshop OR a half-day workshop.)