Royal Roads University Workshop

Writing Women’s Lives: Women’s Personal Narrative

Course #TAWC2984-Y12

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royal-roads-logoDate: Fri & Sat, Apr 12 & 13, 2013
Length: 1 evening, 1 day
Times: Fri 7pm – 10pm, Sat 10am – 5pm
Cost: $155 + applicable taxes
Best to Register By: Fri, Mar 29, 2013
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Course Description

In this workshop, you will experience the richness of memoir and writing that captures the utter complexities and stark simplicities of your life. Through memoir, autobiography, storytelling and personal narrative, you will be guided into personal writing, deep listening, sharing and, most importantly, writing for yourself. You will explore guiding principles, experiment with varying approaches, rediscover memories, deepen connections with your authentic self and create intention in writing from and about your life.


  • Introduction to memoir, autobiography, storytelling and personal narrative
  • Engage in the practices of writing freely, careful listening, sharing and witnessing
  • Experiment with creative approaches to writing from and about women’s lives
  • Understand the connections between self-intimacy and writing authentically
  • Create a nurturing, supportive environment with other women

Learning Outcomes:

  • Better understand the connections between developing self-intimacy and writing more fluidly and clearly about your own life
  • Practice the valuable skills of careful listening, receptivity and witnessing others as well as valuing the process of personal sharing
  • Recognize the importance of being part of a learning environment and see the ways in which this experience can encourage you to create community with others
  • Feel strengthened and engaged in your own writing process


Wendy Judith Cutler, teacher, writer, feminist, has taught writing and women’s studies in colleges and universities for over twenty-five years. She has currently been teaching and facilitating women’s memoir and journal writing circles on Salt Spring Island. She is co-authoring a book on women’s journal writing and writing her own memoir. She relishes the opportunity to inspire others to honour the power and wisdom of their own words.

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