A Second Workshop on Spiritual Autobiography

Tomorrow I lead a small group of colleagues in a workshop much like the one I taught at my church several months ago.  I will again use the Marilyn Chandler McEntyre’s essay published in Weavings.  But this time I will also talk a little about Tristine Rainer’s book,Your Life as Story, which I am enjoying right now.  Chapter 4 of this book talks about different ways to “slice” the story of our lives.  This idea extends the dialectical approach in my first workshop starting with stories of empowerment, going next to stories of failure, and ending up with stories of grace.  If there is time, we might try some of the exercises in Rainer’s book, which I think are great.

Each participant will receive a Moleskine notebook, “the legendary notebook” of Hemingway and Picasso.  Watch out world–the writers of the Fetzer Institute are getting serious!


About Shirley Hershey Showalter

Author of memoir Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. Blogging about Magical Memoir Moments and Jubilación -- vocation in the second half of life.
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