The Second Act: A Writing and Storytelling Workshop for Women over 50
Sept 21- Nov 16  Thursdays 7-9PM

We are the accumulation of the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. So changing our stories...can change our personal history, can change us. Through writing we revisit our past and review and revise it. Louise DeSalvo

Today, writing and storytelling are experiencing a renaissance. Regularly featured on the airwaves and in print - brave, candid, poignant, and insightful works wrought from personal experience serve as inspiration to explore our own stories.

Our lives consist of stories -- stories that are whole or in parts, stories that exist in draft form in a drawer or in our minds waiting to be told. Stories help us make meaning of experience and provide a vehicle for passing on personal and family history and knowledge.

In this workshop combining both storytelling and creative writing, participants will have an opportunity to pause and reflect on the stories we carry, and to engage in identifying, crafting and revising new and old stories to accompany us into the second half of our lives. In the first part of the course, writing and storytelling prompts and exercises will be used to get memories flowing and to prime the creative pump. In the second part, storytelling techniques, nonfiction craft elements and revision strategies will be discussed as participants select and refine their work. In the final third of the course students will have the opportunity to have their works-in- progress, workshopped. The course will culminate with performances or readings of participants' works.

Encouragement, safety, and mindfulness practices will serve as the cornerstones of this workshop. The role of forgiveness and acceptance of self and others will be a topic to consider as we navigate our way through individual and intersecting story webs.

Both beginning and experienced writers and storytellers are welcome.

Dates: Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., September 21 through November 16, 2017

Facilitators: Elisa Pearmain, Storyteller and Licensed Psychotherapist - bio@wisdomtales.com Ruthie Rohde, Writer and Licensed Psychotherapist- bio@writersreach.org

Location: Private residence in Concord, MA

Cost: $360

Inquiries and Questions call Ruthie @ 978-729- 4581 or send e-mail to Ruthie Rohde

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The Second Act: A Writing and Storytelling Workshop for Women over 50

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Inquiries and Questions call Ruthie @ 978-729- 4581 or send e-mail to Ruthie Rohde