Writing Your Way to Your Life’s Passion

Adult Class

09/19/17 – 12/12/17 | Tuesdays | 6 – 8 p.m.

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: $420.00 regular | $378.00 for Loft members | 294.00 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, where she was recipient of its Excellence in Teaching Fellowship in 2016 and 2017.

Tricks to Unblock Writers Block

Adult Class

11/11/17 | Saturday | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN

Ever feel like you just don’t have time to write-or, that once you find the time, spend it not writing? If so, you’ve encountered writers block and know first-hand how frustrating it can be.

In this workshop, you will learn how to unblock what’s blocking you, so that you can make time for and be productive in your writing practice. You’ll have plenty of time to practice the techniques included and you’ll leave with a tailored plan for getting the best out of your writing!

Cost: $52.50 regular | $47.25 for Loft members | 36.75 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, where she was recipient of its Excellence in Teaching Fellowship in 2016 and 2017.

Legacy Writing: Capturing Your Stories for Future Generations

Adult Workshop

10/08/18 – 10/12/18 | 5-day retreat

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

Create a written legacy of your life! Have you always wanted to document your life stories for future generations, 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.

During our time together, you will examine your past and create written vignettes or “captured moments” of your life. You will look for themes in your life, as well as your values and beliefs, as a way to organize your work. The main focus of this workshop is to provide practical and creative ways to help you write, through effective journaling techniques. There will be plenty of hands-on writing time so that at the end of this workshop, you will have a collection of completed stories and the know-how to continue your legacy writing.

Each participant will also receive a hand-crafted leather journal, made by Brenda!

Here are some comments from 2017’s 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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This workshop is led by Brenda Hudson, a teacher, editor, writer, and credentialed journaling facilitator through the Center for Journal Therapy. She holds an MS in journalism from Boston University and a PhD from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Writing Studies. She regularly teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, where she was recipient of its Excellence in Teaching Fellowship in 2016 and 2017.

Brenda offers writing workshops in the United States and abroad through Voiced Life and has presented at the Minnesota Historical Society’s legacy writing conferences. Helping others express themselves through writing is her passion.

Journaling to Jump-Start the Creative Process

Adult Class

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Use journaling techniques to help you jump-start your creative process, regardless of your creative writing genre! In this class, you will explore a half-dozen different journaling tools that you can customize for your needs. These techniques range from short, focused writing, to the use of visuals, as well as tapping into your subconscious. Plenty of time will be given for hands-on writing. This class is the antidote to the standard writing/revising of your creative work! Find out how journaling can take you places you never imagined.

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 Center for Journal Therapy. The founder of Voiced Life, she is also a teaching artist with the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

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.

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
(see registration link for more details)

Register for Class

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.