Writer, Teacher, Editor, Coach
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, or you can use my books and free writing prompts to work at your own pace.
“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.
Who or what have you truly loved?
Memoir uses the primal mud of memory as its raw material; the art and craft of memoir is all in the telling. Part of the alchemy of purposeful memoir is in transforming the rough jewels of memory into polished gems of stories and scenes that bring the past alive again.
I’ve come to realize that the process of purposeful memoir has alchemical power. Through writing our life stories, we have the potential to transmute the inevitable sorrows and pain of existence into something more positive—the philosopher’s stone of understanding, which truly is worth its weight in gold.
In this session, I invite you to call in the spirit of Joy—past, present and future—and welcome that bright exuberance to stay awhile.
I think of joy like a lighthouse light that we have to tend, especially in the darkest, stormiest weather, to serve as a beacon for others. The work of the purposeful memoirist is to share our stories to help light the way for others coming alongside or behind us on the journey of life.
The change of season from Winter to Spring, which made such a big impression on me as a child, always helps me get back into my child’s perspective, and reconnect with the joyful child who lives within me still.
Having gone through the process of purposeful memoir, we can turn our faces to the future with greater awareness and firmer resolution, knowing what we value and determined to live our individual lives in ways that are more aligned with the thriving future we envision for all life on Earth.
As writers of our own life stories, we have the power to transmute negative emotions like sadness and rage to positive emotions like acceptance, love and joy. And when we share such a story with others, our experience has the power to positively impact theirs.