MOVE YOUR MEMOIR FORWARD
To further paraphrase a pair of Jewish proverbs, “You are not expected to finish…but you are expected to begin… and if not now when?” But if you never begin, how will you ever finish?
Transform your memoir through the power of art!
· Have a compelling story you feel driven to write?
· Want to cultivate your creativity and hone your craft?
I would never have finished my first memoir, Newcomers in an Ancient Land without the commitment, structure and support of an online writing group! That’s why, when I decided to plunge back into its sequel, I decided to create this group as a way to share my gratitude for the encouragement, respect, humor and help that got me to the finish line. But this group isn’t so much about finishing (although bravo to those who do!), as creating a path to move your memoir forward. According to Native Americans wisdom, you make the path by walking on it. Now let’s make the book by writing on it!
Believe me, I know how the distractions of daily life can hold you back, especially in these intense times when writing your story may seem somehow secondary or even self-centered (instead of self-searching). But that’s why the camaraderie of community is even more important now for building confidence and productivity.
What’s the process? What will you accomplish?
· Submit up to 2000 words in prose (or yes, poetry) on a weekly basis
· Read and respond to each other’s pieces (briefly) in writing
· Meet weekly to ask questions and share constructive feedback. (No red pens allowed!)
Rules of the Writing Road – A Mutual Promise to…
· Open our hearts, minds, notebooks and devices on a regular basis
· Create a safe, respectful space where we can air our fears, nurture our hopes and heal our traumas with courage, honesty and compassion
· Feel free to share laughter, shed tears but have some FUN!
About the Facilitator
I believe memoir writing can help us heal our darkest traumas and express our keenest insights through the transformative power of art. My lifelong love affair with language began at my English mother’s knee, and later led me to learn Hebrew and French. I’m currently working on a sequel (set in France) to Newcomers in an Ancient Land, my first memoir about living in Israel (SheWrites Press). I’m also a contributor to the Magic of Memoir anthology, a member of the IBPA, NAMW, SFWC, and www.ProlificWriters.life.
As a professional Career Counselor I’ve used my coaching and resume writing skills to empower hundreds of clients in their search for fulfilling careers. I hold a BA in Women’s Studies and a Masters in Career Development, and have studied languages at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. When not chained to my desk, I love my far-flung extended family, swimming, river rafting, biking, singing, yoga and cats. www.paula-wagner.com | www.lifeworkcareers.com