Legacy Writing: Capturing Your Stories for Future Generations

Adult Workshop

10/07/19 – 10/11/19 | 5-day retreat

Location: Madeline Island School of the Arts, LaPointe, WI

misa_airHave you always wanted to capture your life stories, but have never gotten around to it, or known where to begin? Perhaps you have started, but are stuck or overwhelmed. Maybe you want to pen your stories just for yourself, without any intention of sharing. If any of these scenarios ring true, this workshop is for you.

In Legacy Writing, you don’t have to write a book. Your journey begins with one story. From there, you’ll build your legacy one story at time, in a supportive, relaxed, and fun atmosphere.

To create your family legacy, you’ll pick and choose, as you like, from a number of story-based projects. Each project results in a different kind of family story—from a single memory to turning points in your life, family sayings to lessons learned, character profiles to blessings, to name a few. You’ll be surprised how quick and easy these projects are!

This workshop includes step-by-step instruction on multiple story projects, plenty of hands-on writing time, shared reading, and one-on-one coaching with Brenda. By the end of your stay, you will have a collection of completed stories and the know-how and encouragement to continue your legacy writing.

Two bonuses! As a special thank you, each participant will receive a handmade leather journal, crafted by Brenda. And, the first 8 to sign up will receive a free copy of Brenda’s forthcoming book Writing Your Family Legacy: Story by Story.

Come to MISA to create a family legacy and make sure your stories live on!

Here are some comments from Brenda’s MISA students:

What an enjoyable week for this “non-writer”! Brenda’s class gave me various tools and ideas that helped stimulate creativity and the mind. She is a knowledgeable, warm and caring instructor who was a delight to work with. Thanks Brenda for a great week in the adventures of writing! — Diane

I would highly recommend Legacy Writing to anyone! Brenda’s kind and empathetic style of teaching created an atmosphere in which everyone could relax, share and open up to each other. It was really a wonderful experience. — Mary

Cost: $785 plus food and lodging
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12 Techniques to Develop a Personal Writing Practice

Adult Class

11/01/18 – 12/13/18 | Thursdays | 6 – 8 p.m. (no class 11/22)

Location: Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN

An examined life is worth living, to turn Socrates’ well-known quote on its head. But how do we do this? One way is to establish a personal writing practice, also known as journaling. Journaling might give rise to thoughts of “Dear Diary” moments from childhood, but with the right techniques, a journaling practice allows you to tap into your creativity, uncover hidden thoughts and emotions, and delve deep into your memories, hopes, and dreams too.

You will learn 12 different journaling techniques to examine your writing life. Plenty of in-class writing time is built into this class, so you can experiment and, if desired, share aspects of your writing and the writing process. At the end of this class, you have the know-how to continue, explore, and deepen your personal writing practice.

Cost: $210.00 regular | $189.00 for Loft members | 147.00 low-income
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Writing Your Way to Your Life’s Passion

Adult Class

01/30/19 – 03/13/19 | Wednesdays | 10 a.m. – noon (no class on 2/20)

Location: Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN

“There are two paths in life: Should and Must,” says author and artist Elle Luna. “We arrive at this crossroads over and over again, and every day we get to choose.’ But, to live a full life—one in which you find and follow your passion—you must “choose Must.” In this class, we will use Luna’s book The Crossroads of Should and Must as a jumping-off point to explore what it means to “choose Must” in our lives. Through discussion and writing prompts, we’ll identify our passions, come to terms with our “shoulds” and fears, and find ways to live more creatively, more fully.

Cost: $210.00 regular | $189.00 for Loft members | 147.00 low-income
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Legacy Writing: Capturing Your Family Stories for Future Generations

Adult Class

01/31/19 – 03/28/19 | Thursdays | 10 a.m.  – noon (no class 2/21)

Location: Jewish Community Center, St. Paul, MN

Cost: $280.00 regular | $252.00 for Loft members | 196.00 low-income
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Create a written legacy of your life! You will be guided through supportive journaling techniques to create vignettes or “captured moments” of important life events. At the end of class, you will have a collection of stories and the know-how to continue your legacy writing, if desired.

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Flash Memoir: Life Stories in Under 500 Words

Adult Class

02/09/19 | Saturday | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN

Do you yearn to capture your life’s stories, but aren’t ready to commit to a book-length memoir? “Flash” memoir to the rescue! In this class, you will practice writing super-short-form memoir—your stories in under 500 words. You’ll choose which of your life stories to examine, brainstorm ways to tell your stories, and begin writing. At the end of class, you’ll have a beginning draft and the know-how to continue with your collection of “flash” memoir pieces.

 

Cost: $70.00 regular | $63.00 for Loft members | 49.00 low-income
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It’s All About Me!

Youth Class

 

07/24/17 – 07/28/17 | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Ages: 9 to 11-Year-Olds
Location: Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN

“It’s All About Me” provides children with a safe and fun opportunity to explore important aspects of themselves, to give voice to themselves, and to counter potential negative influences. Participants are deliberately encouraged to be “selfish,” to focus on themselves, in an environment in which they are listened to and supported. Using guided journal techniques and quirky writing prompts the children will articulate, in their own words, who they are, what’s important to them, their hopes and dreams, and the important relationships in their lives. They will also create a physical “art journal” of themselves, reinforcing that who they are, as defined by themselves, are worthwhile works of art.

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Cost: $262.50 regular | $236.25 for Loft members | $183.75 low-income
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This workshop is led by Brenda Hudson, who passionately believes in helping others find their voice through writing and the arts. A teaching artist, journal facilitator, and writer, Brenda holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Writing Studies. She is a certified journal facilitator through the Therapeutic Writing Institute. The founder of Voiced Life, she is also a teaching artist with the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

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Prompt Me!

Youth Class

 

07/31/17 – 08/4/17 | 1 – 4 p.m. 

Ages: 12 to 14-Year-Olds
Location: Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN

Want to write but need some prompts? In this class, you’ll encounter quirky, fun, and serious prompts to get you writing about your self, your life, and your imagination. This is a hands-on writing class with minimal lecture time. Opportunities for sharing of work will be optional, but encouraged.

Cost: $262.50 regular | $236.25 for Loft members | 183.75 low-income
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This workshop is led by Brenda Hudson, who passionately believes in helping others find their voice through writing and the arts. A teaching artist, journal facilitator, and writer, Brenda holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Writing Studies and is a certified journal facilitator through the Therapeutic Writing Institute. The founder of Voiced Life, she is also a teaching artist with the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.