Death and dying are topics we often avoid. For good reason, because contemplating the end of the life of someone we love feels terrifying, let alone contemplating a world that we individually will no longer be able to enjoy. As we age, however, even if we haven’t spent much time grieving, assuming we haven’t been hiding our hearts under a pile of rocks, losses inevitably become regular occurrences.
After sharing one of my own obituaries (click here if you haven't seen it: http://mamalode.com/story/detail/i-wrote-my-own-obituary ), a few people commented that they would like to learn how to do the same and the idea for this workshop was born.
On Saturday, October 8th, a small group of us will come together to gently wade into the shallow waters of the ocean of possibilities when it comes to obituaries during my new workshop: How to Write Obituary-Length, Mostly True Life Stories. Alive people, dead people, imaginary people – anyone is fair game. And while the word 'obituary' brings to mind a formal notice printed in a newspaper, on paper or online, we’ll expand the definition to mean the story of someone’s life.
We’ll peruse obituaries written in a variety of styles and talk about what works and what could use improvement. We’ll talk about the value of zooming in to capture moments the size of a grain of sand, rather than the normal practice of describing the coastline.
And, most importantly, we'll write. We will write together in a safe, supportive, intimate space. We will work and talk and eat a bit, and laugh, and maybe we will cry.
You will leave this workshop with the knowledge and the tools you need to identify and write about the gritty and the golden moments that, together, tell the story of a life.
We will start our day gathering at 9:00 a.m. with a light breakfast to sustain the work we'll do. Our day together will end around 5 pm.
The workshop will include a mix of fully supported activities and discussions including: writing exercises, reviews and sharing as well as lessons on structure and outline. A healthy lunch and a savory evening snack will also be provided.
Each writer will also receive a set of specially-chosen writing utensils as well as a writing notebook to use during (and after) your workshop experience.
When you register for this workshop you'll get instant access to my private Facebook writing group: The Gritty and The Golden where you can chat with me and other workshoppers while warming up for October 8th with writing prompts and space to share a bit about yourself and your writing journey.
Participation in the Facebook group is not required but is encouraged.
Click on the Workshops tab, above, to learn more, and I hope you will consider attending.