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This is what I love most -- guiding others on their writing explorations. I offer writing classes and workshops throughout the year, specializing in memoir, personal essay and creative nonfiction, for people of all ages. Invite me to your retreat center, conference, university or organization, and let me share with you what I know about the importance of doing the inner work that leads to a healthier, more vital presence in the world.
Or work with me at your own pace, from home, with my new online course in purposeful memoir!
"Warm and informal, this month-by-month guide to writing memoir, winner of the 2017 Nautilus Award, is like having an experienced writing coach at your elbow. With a year’s worth of thought-provoking, carefully structured writing prompts and essays on craft, Jennifer offers guidance and companionship for the aspiring memoirist, encouraging you to dig deep into the storehouse of your memories to share the wisdom that only life experience can bring." Plus, my new memoir ... What I Forgot….and Why I Remembered. "An honest, lyrical and hard-hitting memoir."
Looking for more in-depth support for your memoir-writing? I have many years of experience in working with writers at all stages of the writing journey. I'll give you a careful reading, a thoughtful response, and suggestions you're sure to find useful--always offering encouragement and positive feedback that will keep you inspired and help you build momentum in your writing life. I'm able to work with several people each year. If this sounds like just the coaching you've been looking for, let's touch base!
No matter your age or experience level, you can write a purposeful memoir that will move and inspire others. We’re all on this elemental journey together, and my goal as a writer, teacher, author coach and editor is to nourish and support your voice and your vision, for the benefit of us all.
I invite you to join me in the writers' circle ...
I lead writing workshops throughout the year, including online circles that meet monthly through video-conference. Or start your memoir right now by taking my month-long online course! Work at your own pace, and enjoy a special discount on my one-on-one author coaching, as well as a free e-book of my award-winning writer’s guide to purposeful memoir. Join me!
“You provided such a warm and accepting safe haven for (all) of us to share these tender parts of our ourselves through these writing exercises. And with such an expert and delicate hand! The format was excellent; kept us moving, thinking, laughing, writing, and the time flew! At the end of this weekend, I felt both inspired and encouraged that, maybe, just maybe I really can write something…..!? I so appreciated the give and take from you and the group, enjoyed the writings of others, and loved getting the meaningful feedback on my own. It was wonderful to be ‘heard’. It feels great to be part of this community. I feel as though I’ve made some wonderful, new friends.” --A.S.
“I absolutely loved the workshop...I would love to be given the chance to participate in a longer version” (JM, Gaia Calling workshop). “Many, many thanks for all your efforts and for guiding us through a beautiful process. I thought all your prompts were inspired, in right order and meaningful….I agree with you that more time would add even more value and I look forward to your on-going work” --R.F.
“What an extraordinary weekend. The lovely and talented Jennifer Browdy brought six memoirists together for a weekend of inspiration and instruction under her wise and capable leadership… And we–who were six strangers–parted at its close as intimate friends, each of us better now, for knowing one another. Jennifer’s deep passion for ‘women who write’ is evident in her ongoing commitment to those of us who do. In a soft voice she fearlessly leads, directs, and most of all…deeply cares. We wrote from our hearts and she opened hers, steering us here, guiding us there and always… leading us right back to ourselves. A thousand thank you’s, Jennifer Browdy, for sharing what you know. We ‘Women Writers’ are lucky recipients of your intense desire to help others and your passion to spread their words (and for us to spread our wings). So two thumbs (and two pens) up to Jennifer and to a successful writer’s weekend. Little doubt from this Texas traveler that there will be many many more inspirational weekends in the future.” –N.P.
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When it comes to setting writing goals, the tricky part is figuring out where to set the bar. You want to set it high enough to be aspirational and challenging, but not so high that it will be impossible to reach, leading to a year of constantly beating yourself up because you’re not accomplishing enough. […]
The practice of art, whether purposeful memoir or other forms of creative expression, can help us dig deeply into our intuitive ways of knowing. Sometimes the answers lie not in our heads but in our hearts, and art is an essential way of tapping into that inner guidance.
In purposeful memoir, past and future meet on the growing edge of the present—on the page you are writing right now, today.
“Part of the deep work of purposeful memoir is bringing ourselves into the sunlight of forgiveness—forgiving ourselves as well as others. I can’t say I have always achieved this, brooding Scorpio that I am, but it is a work in progress that I come back to each time I re-open the doors leading to episodes from my personal history, played out against the political and planetary landscapes of my lifetime.”
What happens when we wave the wands of our pens and make magic happen on our pages?
One of the great challenges and joys of memoir is trying to recreate in words the sensuous experience of the places that have had great impact on our lives. Sometimes it’s for a positive reason—the place you fell in love!—and sometimes it may be the backdrop for some dark memories: a hospital or an unhappy […]
Since the 1960s, it’s been common knowledge that the personal is political—meaning, what happens in our personal lives is shaped by the larger social politics of our society, and our choices as individuals can in turn affect the political landscape. When I woke up to the climate crisis, the environmental crisis and the Sixth Great […]
I have been walking through the quiet, bare woods lately, noticing the only green around so far in my corner of western Massachusetts: the mosses, which grow with such determination on seemingly inhospitable rocks, and with luxurious abandon on the more nourishing ground of fallen trees and stumps. The bright green of the […]
I’m here to tell you—for a writer, daydreaming is a crucial practice. It is NOT wasted time.