Memoir Workshop

Writing My Memoir
A Journey of Discovery and Cathartic Self-Expression

A 10 week Writing Workshop/Retreat Series (Part 1)
Every Saturday from January 19- March 23rd 2013
Dates: January 19th, 26th
February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
Details about Part 2 will be announced later.
Venue: A haven with a natural setting, a 20 to 30 minute drive from downtown Berkeley/Oakland

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If you bring forth that which is within you,
Then that which is within you
Will be your salvation.
If you do not bring forth that
Which is within you,
Then that which is within you
Will destroy you.
~The Gnostic Gospels

I am thrilled to present this 10 week workshop/retreat series, and I invite you to immerse yourself in a joyful writing experience that will be unlike any other. Once a week, we will escape far from the madding, perhaps maddening, crowd, to a retreat haven that is within a 30 min drive from downtown Berkeley and Oakland, set up in the hills, close to greenery and open spaces, where our minds can actually come to stillness and be inspired; where our creative juices can flow like honeyed nectar.

Consider these questions —

Is there a story buried deep inside of you, a tale of an awesome journey of ups and downs that has shaped you into the person that you are? Has that story been yearning, burning, simply waiting to be told?
Have the skeletons in your closet been grinning ghoulishly, taunting you with insider secrets that never let up in the eternal quest for healing, pushing you to put pen to paper, in pursuit of a cathartic release?
Have you thought of writing your memoir, leaving behind a powerful written legacy to inspire, educate or illuminate the lives of others with the wisdom you have gleaned in the course of your life?
Have you been stymied by technical details or perhaps lack the necessary motivation and perseverance required of such an endeavor?

Here is the help you need.
This course is offered to a small, powerful group of individuals united in the common goal of writing a memoir, in a nurturing and supportive space, receiving the technical expertise of story crafting, peer evaluation, group support and the added incentive of accountability.
We will cover a wide range of topics – from intention setting and purpose of writing to clearing away any writers’ blocks, to crafting your message, creating a narrative arc, research and planning, editing and rewriting, peer evaluation and more.
This course is held over a 10 week period. Participants are asked to commit to the entire period, even if they are unable to attend every session. You will have access to a digitally recorded session if you are unable to be present.

The course is divided into three parts.
Part one:
Intention, Creation & Purpose
Healing Writers’ Blocks
Understanding the Power of Catharsis
Part 2:
Technical Aspects of Writing-
Establishing a Theme
Research & Planning
Crafting the Story & the Message
Story Board and structure
Narrative Arc
Part 3
Editing and rewriting
Holding Your Craft
Peer Evaluation
Deciding to Publish
Q & A Sessions with Experts in Publishing & Editing
The workshops are divided into segments with a teaching component, 2 writing slots, sharing and peer evaluation. There will be a support network created through which participants are encouraged to post their pieces for critique and to receive support should they need it. There will be time given to ceremony and healing to clear blocks when and where appropriate.
By committing to a 10 week writing series, you are making a powerful statement of commitment towards writing your memoir. If you have been receiving a powerful push to write, to putting down on paper your own powerful journey, the story of your life, your incredible life – then I invite you to take this first step now.

The Gift

You will be held in a creative cradle, nurtured and supported by a wise, compassionate, experienced facilitator and a support group of powerful writers, all united in a common goal. You will set a list of practical intentions to which you will be held accountable by the group. You will receive motivation, peer support and evaluation to help you with crafting your story. You can give yourself the gift of retreat out into nature, which in itself is such a gift, to allow your creativity to blossom. You will get to leave behind a lasting legacy, the gift of the story of your life, for your children and your children’s children. And should you decide not to publish, if that is not your goal, then the experience, the catharsis of writing is a gift in and of itself.
What a priceless gift!

Facilitator Bio:

Veenaa Saynana started teaching writing skills in 1982 in Singapore elementary schools. She then went on to teach creative writing to people of all ages. She has also taught auto-writing workshops in Singapore, New York, Oregon, Canada and Bali. She is the author of Mary Magdalene Speaks- Pathway to Empowerment, a channeled book that she wrote on a spiritual journey down the Pacific Northwest. She is a multi-faceted performer who created ‘Christmas Nipples’, a comedic one-woman show that had Berkeley in titters (pun intended) for 2 years! She has a successful international healing and coaching practice through which she empowers others to live more fulfilling and abundant lives by following their authentic passion. She has been strongly drawn to put her life-story in memoir form and invites those with a similar calling to join her in her exuberant endeavor.
“Unveiled in Mary Magdalene Speaks are ancient rituals and ceremonies that open and ground our subtle and physical energies. Used through the ages to bring order and truth into our personal and social experience, these rituals bring the memory of our interconnectedness and offer guidance that pertains to a wide range of subjects, all leading us to return to the garden of our awakening.
There is an authentic stream of the Magdalene that infuses this amazing manual, bringing a sense that Magdalene continues to care about our choices, our realities, and our future.
The guidance in Mary Magdalene Speaks opens opportunities to remember your connection with Mary and to feel and utilize Magdalene’s vast knowledge, a gift beyond measure!”
Flo Aeveia Magdalena, author of I Remember Union: The Story of Mary Magdalena; Sunlight on Water: A Guide for Soul-full Living; and Honoring Your Child’s Spirit: Pre-birth Bonding and Communication
“At this period in history our souls yearn for the Divine Feminine energy which blessed our earth through the life and presence of Mary Magdalene two thousand years ago. Once again, Mary Magdalene Speaks – Pathway To Empowerment is a beautiful reflection of the energy and love of Mary Magdalene. Veenaa Saynana has the courage to share what many of us have known to be true but few have spoken. It is written as a mother who cares for her children would, filled with enduring truths sprinkled with tough love.

~ Joan Cerio, author of In the Key of Life, An Activational Journey to the Soul and creator of Coeuressence School of Self-Mastery

Registration Details:

Early Bird Price: $497
Register by Dec 31st 2012
For the early bird offer, you are required to pay in full by Dec 31st 2102.
Regular Price $597 Thereafter
A $100 deposit is required to confirm your place. The balance must be paid one week before the start of the course.

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