One-Day Romance Guided Memoir Writing Workshop (February 2013)
Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EST)
New York, NY
Do you want to write a memoir about your romantic experiences but don't know where to start?
This one-day Romance Guided Memoir Workshop is designed to get you situated and kick-start your journey writing your romantic memoir. It will help you organize your thoughts and prepare you for the independent writing process.
Excellent for both beginning writers and advanced writers, this workshop focuses on thematic organization of your work and will give you tools and resources to complete your autobiographical memoir.
By RSVPing for this workshop, you commit to attend THE FULL workshop from 10am to 4:30pm. Please arrive early. An activity for early arrivals is included.
Location: This workshop is in Morningside Heights on 113th street, near Columbia University. The exact address will be emailed the day before the workshop.
Cost: $75 a person, but if you bring a guest, the total cost for you both is $120 ($15 dollars discount for each of you). Pay with cash or Paypal only.
No cell phone use, please. It is vital that our full attention be devoted to listening to each other.
9:30am: Early arrivals can participate in an Intersectional Identity exercise.
10:00am: Group officially begins. Group Discussion - Introductions. Why are you here? What autobiographies have you read?
10:30am: Lecture - What is a Guided Memoir? Difference between a Memoir and Autobiography. Setting of intent / mission statement.
11:00am: Quiet Writing - Branching points, life graph exercise
11:30am: Group Discussion - Sharing our branching points / life graphs. What themes are present in our branching points?
12:00pm: Break for lunch - 45 minutes
12:45pm: Group Discussion - any thoughts come up during lunch about themes?
1:00pm: Lecture and Group Discussion - Read aloud Gender Identity Theme. Suggestions for writing if needed.
1:15pm: Quick and Quiet Writing - Gender Identity Theme*
1:30pm: Group Discussion: Writing about Gender Identity. Strategies and observations. Read aloud Sexual Identity Theme.
1:45pm: Quick and Quiet Writing - Sexual Identity Theme*
2:00pm: Group Discussion: Writing about Sexual Identity. Strategies and observations. Read aloud Me and My Partners Theme.
2:15pm: Quick and Quiet Writing - Me and My Partners Theme*
2:30pm: Group Discussion: Writing about Me and My Partners. Strategies and observations. Read aloud Religion and Spirituality Theme.
2:45pm: Quick and Quiet Writing - Religion and Spirituality Theme*
3:00pm: Group Discussion - Writing about Religion and Spirituality. Strategies and observations. Read aloud Family Theme, Kinks Fetishes and Taboos, Romance and Rituals, Love and its Representations, and Life Lessons. Discuss strategies and concerns.
(Optional five-minute break)
3:30pm: Lecture and Discussion - Ethical concerns in writing a memoir.
3:45pm: Lecture and Discussion - What to do when you're done with your memoir
4:00pm: Lecture and Discussion - How to finish the process of writing your autobiography, additional resources
4:15pm: Concluding thoughts, recommended readings, evaluations
4:30pm: Workshop Adjourns
*Includes an optional five minute break
When & Where
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’.