2022 FALL/WINTER SCHEDULE

WRITING RETREAT IN SOUTH AFRICA IN MARCH 2023

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GUIDED AUTOBIOGRAPHY (GAB)

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.

 

GAB FALL SESSION (ONLINE)

Thurs. Oct. 6-Nov. 10, 9-11:30am PST  

12-2:30pm EST / 4:30-7pm GMT / 6-8:30pm (Cape Town)
​CAD$ 250 (max 8 participants)​

GAB WINTER SESSION (ONLINE)

Thurs. Nov. 17-Dec. 22, 9-11:30am PST

​CAD$ 250 (max 8 participants)​

GAB WINTER SESSION (IN PERSON)

at the LookOut in Horseshoe Bay

Tues. Nov. 15-Dec. 20, 9-11:30 am OR 6-8:30pm

CAD $295 (max 8 participants)

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ONE HOUR SILENT WRITE (ONLINE)

Thurs. Oct. 6-Dec. 22, 7-8am PST

Each session starts with a prompt (which you may ignore).

The rest of the time is spent writing silently. 

These sessions are free for anyone working with me privately or enrolled in another workshop.

Should you wish to sign up only for the silent write, the cost is $60 per 6 weeks.

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THE CRAFT OF WRITING - WRITING PLACE 

IN PERSON (LookOut): Tues. Nov. 15-Dec. 20, 12-2:30 pm $295

ONLINE: Thurs. Nov 17-Dec. 22, 12-2:30pm $250

Nothing exists without context.

You will write compelling stories about place - external, internal, ancient, modern, foreign, local.

Each week we deconstruct outstanding published essays and excerpts

and then incorporate these techniques (yes, there is homework).

Write new pieces, or work on previously written material,

giving them a twist and honing them with each rewrite. 

No writing experience necessary.

ANTHOLOGY
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. 


WEEKEND WORKSHOPS

Strategies, tips and practical to-dos to get your book done!

 


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MEMOIR IN A WEEKEND
NON-FICTION BOOK IN A WEEKEND
REVISE, REVISE, REVISE
SELF-PUBLISH YOUR BOOK


 

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. 

DAWN W. 

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.

KAYLIE M.

ANNE-MARIE P.

JEN H.

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.