“I want to unfold. I don’t want to stay folded anywhere, for where I am folded, there I am a lie.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke
The truth has the power to transform us – if we let it. In this inspirational workshop for writers of all levels, you will explore the stories that define you and the beliefs, expectations, and limitations that a fixed narrative brings. Using targeted self-inquiry, you will learn to write honestly about your greatest challenges, deepest yearnings, secret wounds, hidden gifts, and roads less traveled. The practice of expressive writing deepens creativity and self-awareness, in addition to having scientifically proven physical and psychological benefits.
When memoir is used as a path of self-discovery, it becomes a spiritual as well as an artistic pursuit. The essence of this process is simple:
When you tell the truth your story changes. When your story changes, your life is transformed.
This is the basis of Writing to Awaken, which Mark has developed over the past 30 years as a memoirist, teacher, interviewer, and seeker. He is constantly amazed by the power of this practice to liberate, inspire, and empower, by offering a method of self-inquiry that can be used long after the class has ended. By shedding light on obsolete stories, Writing To Awaken can change your life.
In this weekend workshop, you will learn:
- The fundamentals of personal storytelling
- To challenge the ‘authorized versions’ of your personal myths
- To explore your shadow materials, including the gifts you keep off-limits
- To identify the difference between the situation and the story in memoir
- To sharpen your writer’s eye using witness awareness
- To confront your fears of the blank page, and befriend your own creativity
- To establish an ongoing writing practice that works for you, where discipline and intention become your allies
Known for his penetrating work with students, Mark provides a gentle, focused, criticism-free atmosphere in which to do this transformational writing in the company of like-minded souls. He works one on one with each participant, assisting with individual projects, and offers feedback that spurs deeper exploration. All sharing is confidential and optional. No previous writing experience is required.
Friday, March 9: 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Saturday, March 10: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday, March 11: 9:30 am – 4 pm
Tuition: $275 US
Location: The International Culinary Institute
34 NW 8th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209