Self-Compassion and Personal Narrative: Write Your Life With Greater Compassion
Taught by NOCCA faculty member Lara Naughton
Saturday, July 16, 2016
10:00am - 4:00pm
2832 Royal Street
This one-day retreat combines writing facilitation with compassion cultivation training in order to help you explore more deeply the stories of your life. In a relaxed and supportive environment, you will participate in exercises designed to increase your capacity for mindfulness and compassion, and you will have ample time to generate new writing. The retreat is especially helpful for writers working on personal narrative/memoir, or for writers interested in creating more rounded, multidimensional characters.
Why compassion? Compassion can help reduce stress, anxiety and negative judgment, while increasing your strength to face the challenges in your life and in the lives of those around you. Applying compassion in the writing process can help you explore subject matter with courage and honesty.
Students will need to bring paper and pens, or a laptop if that’s how they prefer to write. There is no assigned text, but handouts will be distributed in class.
Lunch is included in the cost of the class. As with other NOCCA Institute summer workshops, enrollment is limited to adults 18 and over.
Lara Naughton is Chair of Creative Writing at NOCCA. She has taught students K-12 as well as adults. As a writer and documentarian, she assists individuals who wish to tell their own stories, and has led writing workshops with people who have faced challenging circumstances including homelessness, HIV/AIDS, wrongful conviction, incarceration, and torture. Her writing has appeared in The Sun, Salon, and on stages across the country. Her one-man documentary stage play, Never Fight a Shark in Water, about the wrongful conviction of Gregory Bright, is currently being performed by Bright himself. Her memoir, The Jaguar Man, will be published by Central Recovery Press in July 2016. She has an MPW in playwriting from the University of Southern California and is a certified Compassion Cultivation Trainer through the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine.