Working with What is Given: Experiments in Life Writing

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Sunday 5/7/2017 - Friday 5/12/2017
7:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Program Leader
Marilyn McEntyre


These five days are a time to explore life writing. Autobiography, memoir, and legacy letters can be an avenue of significant spiritual exploration and growth.  The workshops this week will focus on a variety of approaches to and purposes for life writing.  Each session will introduce a particular challenge that commonly occurs in working with one’s own life story and ways of meeting that challenge with inventiveness, honesty, clarity of intention, and grace.  As time allows, participants will be encouraged to share short portions of their work for group editing and reflection.  Individual coaching available.

Come for all five days, or for any of the following:

       Part 1: Repossessing the Past (Sunday evening through Tuesday afternoon)

Memoir is not an inventory or a march through time, but a creative way of reframing and reclaiming what life has given us, giving it new shape and discovering new meaning in old news.  This session will offer approaches to that spiritually invigorating work.

To register only for only Part 1 (May 7 – 9), go to the program listing here.

          Part 2: Faithful Fiction: Inventing the Truth (Wednesday evening through Friday morning)

What is said of love can also be said of truth: “There is no single way it can be told.” This session will allow time for experiments in using fictive devices to craft our true stories.

To register only for only Part 2 (May 10 – 12), go to the program listing here.

In between the two Parts to this program is the Wednesday Retreat Day led by Marilyn, entitled Word, Body, Spirit. This day is optional and can be added on to either Part 1 or Part 2.

The residential five-day price for this program includes Tuesday night accommodations at no cost.

Marilyn McEntyre, PhD, teaches medical humanities in the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, and is a fellow at the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont College and a hospice volunteer. She has written a number of books on language, spirituality, and healing, including Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies.

Please review our La Casa Program Cancellation and Refund Policy before registering for this program.

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