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 Story by Story: 15 Projects to Write Your Family Legacy.

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

 

07/08/19 – 07/12/19 | 9 a.m. – noon

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

Who says being selfish is a bad thing? If you want to get to know yourself better and create your very own book of you, then hurry and sign up for this class. We’ll use fun writing exercises to help you tell your own story of who you are and what you think, feel, and dream. We’ll show you how to use your writing and other materials to create a beautiful book, with you as the main character!

This is a hands-on class that provides quirky writing prompts to get you thinking about yourself in a new way. You’ll have plenty of time to try different ways of writing, and if you like, to share your writing with others. You’ll also go down to MCBA’s book arts studios where you will learn all the aspects of making a book, including working with a printing press, book binding, and creating materials in the wet studio that you then use to embellish your book about you! At the end of this class, you’ll take home a wonderful book version of yourself.

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Cost: $277.50 regular | $249.75 for Loft members | $194.25 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.

Journaling: Getting to Know Yourself

Youth Class

 

07/15/19 – 07/19/19 | 1 – 4 p.m. 

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

Real-life and fiction are populated with kids who write diaries or journals—from Anne Frank to “Wimpy Kid” Greg Heffley. Do you long to join their ranks, spilling out your secrets, hopes, and dreams—but have instant brain freeze when faced with the blank page? Or, perhaps you currently keep a diary but are looking for ways to shake up your writing? If you are interested in writing about your life, this class is for you!

You will learn new creative ways to record your deepest thoughts and tell the stories of your life. You will be introduced to a dozen easy journaling techniques that will take you beyond the blank page to crazy fun and thoughtful insights in short order. (Some techniques take only a few minutes!)

Much of this class is hand-on writing, and in the spirit of the sacred relationship between diarist and diary, sharing is optional. By the end of class, you will have a journal toolkit full of useful prompts and exercises that you can use again and again to mine the depths of your life.

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.