2023 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
WRITE YOUR STORY IN SOUTH AFRICA in FEBRUARY 2023
Write your memoir, document your family history, leave a legacy, or simply write for fun and discovery. Creative prompts will uncover your unique writer's voice. Learn about turning points, scene structure, point of view, perspective, themes and story arc. By the end of the day, you will have accessed precious memories, and will have all the necessary tools to keep writing.
NO WRITING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.
Two restorative yoga sessions during the day will keep us grounded as we mine our memories.
R400 ~ Email email@example.com to register
Sat, Feb. 25, 9:30 am-4:30 pm in Simon's Town
R500 (R400 early bird before Jan 31, 2023)
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GUIDED AUTOBIOGRAPHY (GAB) ONLINE
CAD$275 +GST (6 weeks)
early bird registration $250 before April 30
Tuesdays March 21-April 25, 9-11am PST (6-8pm South Africa)
turning memories into memoir
Document your life story, leave a personal or professional legacy,
share your family history or write for discovery and fun.
Inspirational prompts develop your unique writer’s voice in a supportive environment.
We cover turning points, scene structure, point of view and metaphor.
Write a two-page, theme-based story at home to read aloud the following week.
At the end of the 6 weeks, you will have the tools and confidence to finish your writing project.
No writing experience necessary.
ONE DAY "FIND YOUR VOICE" WORKSHOP
Saturday, April 15, 10am-5pm
IN PERSON - West Vancouver
Inspirational prompts & timed free writes develop your unique writer’s voice in a supportive environment.
We’ll look at turning points, scene development, character arc, point of view, and perspective.
Come ready to write wildly, laugh loudly, and possibly cry a little.
By the end of the day, we will all be changed. Because that’s what stories do.
And you will leave with the confidence, skills and inspiration to complete your writing project.
NO WRITING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.
Once registered , you will receive a package with resources to begin your writing journey.
NICE THINGS PEOPLE HAVE SAID
Lindy's autobiographical workshop was TRANSFORMATIVE. Lindy facilitates her workshop with immense grace and belief in the ability of each writer to find their own writing voice and style. I encourage everyone with an interest in writing to attend her writing workshops, you won't be disappointed!
Lindy gave me such a safe place to share my stories. She is unfailingly kind, and delights in every detail. She held my heart lightly and helped give language to my recessed memories. I’m sure writing a memoir is good for you. But writing one with the help of this human is pure joy.
This was the best workshop ever. Lindy has a magic of making everyone feel comfortable. To sit with 6 strangers and share things that you want to write about quickly felt like the most comfortable experience in the world. I did not want it to end. Her follow up and encouragement to write that book is so inspiring.
It was fantastic. It makes us check in with ourselves and provides a mirror to how we think we are living our values. It provides little glimpses of places within us that still have not seen the light of day and should be examined, even if to celebrate our resilience and who we have become from the sum of all our experiences.
BE A PUBLISHED AUTHOR
Once you have completed a workshop, there will be an opportunity to submit your writing for an anthology.
This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your work and become a published author.
All the writers who participated in West Vancouver Stories: The Pandemic Project are now bestselling authors.
Each anthology has a unifying theme. Writers retain the copyright to their work.
WHAT IS GUIDED AUTOBIOGRAPHY?
Guided Autobiography (GAB) was developed by Dr. James Birren in the mid ‘70s at the University of Southern California. It has been used widely to help people of all ages to document their life stories, through a series of priming questions, turning points and life themes which are carefully sequenced and scaffolded.
Writing our autobiographical stories has many benefits for our psychological and physical well-being, including improved self-esteem and sense of belonging (Routledge et al., 2013), greater sense of purpose (McAdams & McLean, 2013; Birren & Svensson, 2013; Thornton & Collins, 2010) increased self-worth (Thornton & Collins, 2010) and decreased depression and anxiety (Birren & Svensson, 2013; Bohlmeijer et al., 2005). Working with our life stories – even if they are contradictory – provides access to new meaning and purpose. And listening to one another's stories in a supportive environment can trigger forgotten memories, allowing for new reflections and insights. Sharing emotional material creates strong affective bonds between group members (Reker et al., 2014) and a change in attitudes toward self and others (Reker et al., 2012; Thornton & Collins, 2007).
If you would like to access my dissertation documenting the impacts of GAB on life satisfaction and meaning in life (which includes the studies noted above), please email me.