Writing Women’s Lives: Women’s Personal Narrative

Royal Roads University Course Number – TAWC3364-Y13
Date: Sat & Sun, Nov 16 & 17, 2013
Length: 2 days
Times: 10am – 5pm
Cost: $ 155 + applicable taxes
Best to Register by: Sat, Nov 2, 2013

Course Description

Explore the richness of memoir and writing that captures the utter complexities and stark simplicities of your life and strengthens your own writing process. 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 and other women’s lives too.


  • Introduction to personal narrative, memoir, autobiography and story
  • Engage in 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:

  • Practice the valuable skills of careful listening, receptivity and witnessing as well as valuing the process of personal sharing
  • Deepen connections between developing self-intimacy and creating clearer intention and clarity in writing about your life
  • Recognize the importance of being part of an engaged learning environment and creating community with other women
  • Feel more empowered, confident 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 workshops and circles on her home in Salt Spring Island. She is co-authoring a book on women’s journal writing and writing her own memoir. Writing is vital to her life and she relishes the opportunity to inspire others to honour the power and wisdom of your own words.

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