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Taking Notes on Your Life: Journal Writing

All Levels | Keeping a journal is the most private form of writing. It’s where we ruminate, vent, and wail with no holds barred. But it can also be the compost from which to grow writing of all kinds. In this three-hour seminar, we’ll talk about how to use your journal as a “base layer” from which you can begin to build your memoir, essay, or story. Time will be divided between teaching, looking at examples, discussion, writing in class, and sharing.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.

Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Ann Hedreen

Class Type: 1 Session

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Term: Fall 2020

Start Date: 09/23/2020

Days of the Week: Wednesday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Ann Hedreen

Ann Hedreen is an author (Her Beautiful Brain, winner of a Next Gen Indie Award), teacher and documentary filmmaker. Her blog, The Restless Nest earned an honorable mention from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. She has also been published in 3rd Act Magazine, Crosscut, Verbalist’s Journal, The Seattle Times, Minerva Rising and other publications. Her films, including Zona Intangible, Quick Brown Fox: an Alzheimer’s Story and The Church on Dauphine Street, have won many awards. She recently finished a second memoir: After Ecstasy: Memoir of an Observant Doubter.

Teaching philosophy: I believe that writing our own stories transforms our lives. Powerfully. Radically. Not necessarily overnight, because writing is work, but I believe that when writers are doing that work, transformation begins to happen. I’ve seen it in older adults, writing seriously for the first time in their lives; I’ve seen it in teens under court supervision. I’ve seen it in myself. I believe everyone who wants to write can learn to write. I believe everyone has a story to tell. I also believe it’s easy to frighten a fledgling writer. When I teach, I do everything in my power to make sure that doesn’t happen. I want my students to discover that they really do have something to say and a voice, uniquely theirs, with which to say it.

Writer(s) I always return to: Anne Lamott. Gloria Steinem. The poetry of Rumi, Denise Levertov and Kathleen Flenniken (especially Plume). Two memoirs by famous novelists: Vladimir Nabokov’s Speak, Memory and Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, and one by a poet: Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Favorite writing advice: From Brenda Uelland's Me: a Memoir: “Whenever people write from their true selves (not from their bogus literary selves) it is interesting and one is pulled along into it; and it does me good to read it, and it does them good to write it; it makes them freer and bolder in every way.”

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