Past participants say Brittany Deininger’s “prompts were spacious + thoughtful, and her vulnerability in leadership was such a gift” and describe how the whole group’s “trust was built over the week for sharing, so good.”
Brittany writes, “Jean-Marie Roger Tillard reminds us that, ‘Memory in the biblical sense of the term is not simply storage of the sediment of the past. It is also the humus from which life never stops borrowing.’ I love that image of memory as a kind of earthy soil from which life, narrative, and art perpetually grow. We are creatures made of narrative. Great stories, poetry, and art call us back again and again to the humus of memory.
This writing workshop will explore how we work with memory in writing whether we are writing poetry, creative non-fiction, memoir, fiction, or private journaling. How can writing about the past impact how we live in the present and anticipate the future? How might working with memory be a sacred part of our spiritual formation?
Our memory connects us deeply to culture, place, embodiment, hope, and the sacred. Whether you are new to writing, returning after a long absence, or just need a refresh of your writing practice, this class seeks to help you inhabit your story and your words as part of your spiritual journey. I invite you to risk being witnessed, to play, and to join us as we explore the medium of memory in this writing workshop.”
All experience levels welcome, including beginners. Ages 18+
Note: Students will be expected to do in-class free writing in response to prompts and are invited to share fresh work and discuss ideas. All writing levels are welcome. Workshop skills will be taught in the class in order to give kind and constructive feedback on a single piece of writing of the author’s choice. No prior writing workshop experience is necessary.
Class time will be shaped by a varied rhythm of communal engagement and private retreat. Students will enjoy group conversation around class themes as well as time to write in response to several prompts in order to play and generate ideas. (There will be opportunity to write both in the classroom and in the beautiful natural environment.) The latter part of the week will be spent in a workshop format, sharing and giving feedback on a single piece of writing (1-4 pages).
Participants wishing to create complex or ambitious projects should expect to spend additional time working outside of class.
Students will work with writing prompts to explore the themes of the class and produce two items:
1. a working writer’s notebook with observations and responses to the writing prompts
2. a single 1-4 page piece of writing to workshop with fellow students
What should I bring to class?
A notebook and pens will be provided to students. If you want an excuse to buy that yummy journal or pen you’ve been eyeing, by all means bring your own tools. If you prefer to write on a laptop you are welcome to bring it too.
The Full Package covers tuition + materials, all meals (Sunday dinner through Saturday brunch) and lodging.
Full Package: $645-$1175
- Private Room – $1175
- Shared Double Room / Yurt – $860
- Library Dorm: $725
- RV Hookup: $695
- Guild Tent $680
- Own Tent: $645
Commuter Cost: $400
(Commuter Cost includes Sunday dinner, Monday through Friday lunches, and Saturday brunch.)
This class is part of the Grünewald Guild’s Summer 2019 Program: Opening. Learn more about the Summer Program.
July 7-13, 2019
This is a non-refundable deposit.
The remaining balance must be paid in full upon arrival.
Date(s) - Jul 7, 2019 until Jul 13 2019