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Workshop | Birthing Your Truest Stories

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This two-hour interactive workshop explores the resonances between birthing and writing and will inspire writers to become their own doulas, developing a powerful internal ally to walk with them on their writing journeys. Among the questions to be explored: What tender truths are seeking to come through you? Can you express your truth more authentically in fiction than in memoir? What are the strengths of different genres, and which one is right for the story you are bringing to light?

Jennifer Browdy

Jennifer is an Associate Professor and Head of the Languages & Literature Division at Bard College. She has been teaching literature, writing and media arts at the college level, focusing on purposeful memoirs by women worldwide that align the personal, political, and planetary for more than 30 years. In her communications and leadership classes, students work on writing and public speaking for social and environmental justice. She is also involved with strategic communications for the environmental movement, with a special interest in spiritual ecology as a means of engaging the public in climate activism.

Audrey Kalman

Audrey writes fiction with a dark edge about what goes awry when human connection is missing from our lives. Her most recent book, "Tiny Shoes Dancing and Other Stories," was shortlisted for the 2019 Rubery Book Award. She is the author of the novels "What Remains Unsaid" and "Dance of Souls." More than a dozen online and print journals have published her fiction and poetry. A member of the SF Peninsula Branch of the California Writers Club since 2011, she currently serves as branch president. Both of her day jobs, as a birth doula and as a freelance editor, offer the joy of helping others find their voices.

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