In partnership with Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
This workshop teaches writing as a practice for shifting our narratives to make peace with our stories. When viewed through the lens of judgment or over-identification, the stories we tell about who we are and what shapes us can keep us stuck. In this week, we will use discussion, writing exercises and centering prayer to break open our personal narratives so that we may begin to externalize our stories and experience a deeper compassion for ourselves and those who have loved and failed us.
Each day will include an hour and a half teaching session to include writing prompts, an hour and a half workshop session, and unstructured time.
Workshop facilitator Donna M. Johnson is the author of Holy Ghost Girl, a memoir critically acclaimed by the New York Times, O Magazine, Texas Monthly, Beliefnet, NPR’s Interfaith Voices, People and many other publications and blogs. The book was named twice to the Oprah.com Memoirs We Love list and was chosen by Publishers Weekly and The Nervous Breakdown as a Top 10 pick. Holy Ghost Girl took top honors in the Spirituality category at the New York Books for a Better Life Awards and won the Mayborn Creative Nonfiction prize.
Through the writing of Holy Ghost Girl Donna found a way to connect the disparate parts of herself. The sight of a gospel tent stretched against an evening sky leaves an ache in her heart, but she no longer flees at the sound of a tambourine. She has been known to tell people she’ll pray for them. And she does.
Cost: $350 (includes lodging and meals). Participants are also responsible for travel to/from the workshop. Participants will meet beginning at 3 PM on Monday, September 9 through Thursday, September 12 at 12 PM. Participation is limited and requires application.
The application deadline for this workshop is Friday, July 26, 2019. To be considered, you must fill out the application form on the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary website. Participants will be admitted on a rolling basis.
The application consists of 3 required responses, listed below. Email completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, July 26, 2019.
- What interests you about attending this workshop? (250 words or less)
- Tell us something about yourself. (250 words or less)
- Did you apply or do you plan to apply for another 2019 Collegeville Institute writing workshop? If so, which one(s)?
- Have you attended a Collegeville Institute writing workshop in the past? If so, which one(s)
- Writing sample: 10-20 page double-spaced piece of prose memoir.