Writing from the Heart
Tuesday, January 27 – Sunday, Feb 1
Led by Beverly Donofrio
St. Benedict said, “We must listen with the ear of our hearts.” In this 5-day workshop the stillness and silence of retreat will help you discover and reveal the movement of spirit in your lives. As you dive more deeply into your pasts you may experience the consciousness expanding as well as the healing potential of memoir. Instructor Beverly Donofrio creates a supportive environment in which to mine your own life and contemplate the mystery. You will create raw material then craft it using the narrative techniques of scene writing, reflection, and summary to bring your story to life. Telling your story can be profound and fun. All that is required is a strong desire and the courage to write the truth. class size is limited to 10. Beverly Donofrio has published three memoirs: her first, the New York Times bestseller, Riding in Cars with Boys, was made into a popular movie; her second, Looking for Mary was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Book; and her latest, Astonished, is still collecting accolades. She has also published three children’s books. Her essays have appeared in many anthologies and periodicals, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Spirituality and Health, Oprah magazine, Huffington Post and Slate. Her NPR documentaries can be heard through Sound Portraits. She has taught creative nonfiction workshops across the United States and is currently on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at Wilkes University. Donofrio lives in Woodstock, NY, where she is writing the libretto to a musical based on Astonished. You can read or access some of her essays at her website, beverlydonofrio.com.
Cost: $575, deposit: $80