This is the Romance and Sex Guided Autobiography Writing Group of the Spring 2013 ten-week cycle. This group meets every Sunday at 6pm for the duration of the cycle.
By RSVPing for this class, you commit to attend at least 7 out of 10 meetups in this time slot (which takes place at 6pm on Sundays).
The LOCATION of this class and all future sessions are in Morningside Heights on West 113th street, near Columbia University. Exact address will be provided closer to the date of the first session.
This is a LGBTQ-friendly, polyamory-friendly, kink-friendly group in which we will focus on writing our autobiographies with a particular focus on how we relate to other people romantically and sexually.
The subjects for the Spring 2013 semester are:
Me and My Partner(s)
Religion and Spirituality
Kinks, Fetishes, and Taboos
Romance and Rituals
Love and its Representations
Please plan to attend all Meetups scheduled with this group if possible; absences hurt the whole group.
Please bring your one to two page (single or double-spaced) autobiographical excerpt on the subject of the week.
You should have received the handout on the subject at one of the previous information sessions. If you skip a week, it is your responsibility to email the organizer to ask for the handout for that week.
Be prepared to read aloud and share your writing piece with the group.
If you didn't have time to write this week, that's okay - please still come! It is important to support one another as best we can.
No cell phone use, please. It is vital that our full attention be devoted to listening to each other.
This is not a writing group, therefore leave behind your critical-thinking caps and be prepared to only provide support and love for each other, with at maximum light constructive criticism for those who ask for it. We are all working on a difficult task, writing our autobiographies, and this is leaves us very vulnerable. Please be sensitive to this.
This group requires a fee of $20 per session, or $180 if you pay at the beginning of the semester (get one class for free!). Bring a friend / neighbor / coworker / etc. and pay online and get a total of $60 off for you both!
Light refreshments are provided as part of the fee. If this is not within your price point, please consider the Regular Guided Autobiography Group, which has no cost to participate.
LOCATION INFORMATION WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU BEFORE THE FIRST SESSION.
Natalie Millman, Personal Historian
Natalie is a trained Guided Autobiography Instructor, trained by USC professors at the Birren Center for Guided Autobiography and Life Review. She is also a member of the Association of Personal Historians and is trained in many disciplines.
Natalie was born in Whittier, Southern California. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in social work from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. She moved to New York City in 2012 to pursue graduate studies in Social Work at Columbia University School of Social Work; Natalie will graduate with an MSW in Spring 2014.
Natalie currently works with the homeless in NYC. Natalie also leads a free Guided Autobiography group on Meetup.Com: The Manhattan Guided Autobiography Group.
When she’s not studying or working with client personal history projects through her business, Your Story, Your Way LLC, Natalie works on creative writing projects, practices classical piano and viola, attends lectures and conferences on psychology and narrative studies, and reads books on psychology and narrative studies. She is deeply engaged in social justice efforts, including those related to older adults, children, the homeless, and the arts.
Natalie began to develop an interest in personal life stories in her childhood. Engaging in meaningful relationships with her teachers and her elders has always been important to her. Fascinated by human nature and psychology, Natalie has pursued hundreds of hours of extracurricular non-degree-related training, attending continuing-education-level seminars at the Carl Jung Institute of Los Angeles, the Asheville Jung Institute (online), and Pacifica Graduate Institute, among other institutions. Her creative approach to social justice efforts have won her acclaim from organizations such as KABC7 News, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, and other institutions.
Natalie offers a well-rounded educational background and a breadth of experience that shows that she observes essential social work values including service, social justice, human dignity, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. When she manages projects, she is known for competence, creativity, thoughtfulness, receptiveness to constructive criticism, and attention to detail. She strives to ‘lift others up’ for the common good, both in the workplace and in personal life. Love for humanity and compassion are her guiding principles.
To verify her credential, please search on the APH website (Located here) for the business name, ‘Your Story, Your Way’.