In just a few short weeks, a small group of people - some who call themselves writers and others who simply like to put pen to paper - will gather in my living room to delve into all things obituary. Yep, you read that correctly: we'll write obituaries.
Before you put me on your "people to worry about" list, here's how it came to be. After sharing one of my own obituaries 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. Others sometimes talk to me about wanting to become more comfortable with their writing. I can write and I can coach; brainstorming what a day of writing and coaching made me feel a sense of ease. And, now, my first workshop is scheduled for October 8th.
If you have not yet registered but are contemplating doing so, I'd love to learn more about your trepidation. You're excited about writing, and you like the idea of attending this workshop, yet something is holding you back. Tell me about your Resistance (mine is often a grumpy old man yelling at me to both get off of his lawn and to quit trying to be something I'm not) and let's brainstorm ways around it. Selfishly, if attending appeals to you, I would love to find a way for you to participate.
Along those lines, if the cost of attendance is at all a deterrent, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and a few sentences about why you would like to participate. I intend to waive the fee for an attendee selected from those of you expressing interest. Submit by Friday, September 30th, to be considered.
In the meantime, to loosen your writing muscles, below is the first writing prompt shared with participants - give it a try!
Can you write your life story in just six words? Think about what matters to you in this very moment – my six-word memoir changes all of the time. Here’s a story that explains the concept.
Here are few of mine:
- Perpetually ravenous, she joyfully devoured life.
- Steadily, with determination, she walked forward.
- The flowers bloomed and she rejoiced.
- Darkness couldn't dim her radiant light.
Let me know how it goes by posting your comments below. I would love to read your words.
Finally, I hope to see you on October 8th! Click here to register.