Join our new memoir writing workshop Write From the Heart. It starts April 9 and ends May 14. Get started on your story!
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. —Maya Angelou
I have invited Betsy Graziani Fasbinder to offer a new memoir workshop Write From the Heart sponsored by NAMW. I have known Betsy for a long time and she’s a wonderful teacher—warm, inviting, and offers a safe environment where you can birth your stories. If you have been wanting to write your story, this is a good opportunity to get started!
So many things get in the way of writing your story—needing permission to tell your truth, support to get your work on the page, and some accountability. The group will offer gentle supportive feedback and witnessing, which is a part of the healing process. The class will meet by phone once a week where discussion and sharing and support are offered for your writing process.
The group will meet for 6 Tuesdays, April 9 to May 14. You can write short pieces or longer ones, up to 750 words. The goal of the course is to support you as you begin to explore your story. In most memoir classes, there is the issue of exposure and vulnerability—and Betsy is perfect to help allay your concerns. She has a background in therapy and understands through writing her own memoir how deeply emotional the process can be.
I’m happy to offer this new workshop to help you with your spring creativity toward writing your memoir!
- The class meets by phone for six consecutive Tuesdays, from April 9 to May 14, 2019, 12:30pm PST to 2pm PST. The class will be intimate, with from six to ten writers. Most classes are very small.
- Writers will email their work to Betsy and to the class to receive supportive feedback. Send up to 750 words the Sunday before each class. Rough drafts are welcome. The goal is to get your writing onto the page.
- Before each session, read the work of your fellow group members and come up with some positive feedback and something you would like to read more of–a character, a scene. What your questions are that will help the writer to develop their story.
Write From the Heart is $69 for NAMW members for six sessions. You receive professional feedback from Betsy and comments from your fellow writers each week. And you’ll have accountability for six weeks to get something written. It’s amazing how helpful that can be to get your memoir started!
This class is now full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder is the facilitator/coach for Write From the Heart. She’s the author of Filling Her Shoes: A Memoir of an Inherited Family. As a licensed therapist for over 25 years and author of four published books, Betsy is a writer’s writer, offering the structure, support, and techniques to help you get your stories out of your head, into your heart, and onto the page. To see feedback from Betsy’s coaching clients, visit www.betsygrazianifasbinder.com and click on the Support for Writers tab.
Testimonials from Coaching Clients
[Betsy] encourages writers to write their own way, while carefully guiding them on the path that leads to good, solid story telling. She helped me dig deep to find the heart and soul of a story. —Myrna Courtney, memoirist
Thanks to her insightful coaching, I was able to make huge progress on the memoir I’d been poking around with a stick for years. Betsy’s advice is aways appropriate, positive, and spot-on. Her ability to inspire writers with creative, unrestrictive prompts, and with positive feedback is empowering. —Joan Keyes, memoirist and Publisher at Dovetail Publishing Services
Betsy gave great feedback which always resulted in deeper introspection of my writing. Her critique never felt criticizing. It was simply information to move my piece forward. I miss her and her classes very much! —Laura MacDonald, Memoirist
Betsy’s warmth, humor, insight into people and writing expertise make her a pleasure to learn from. Her gentle but direct approach gave me the clarity I needed to improve and keep working. I highly recommend her! —Janet Johnston, Novelist/Memoirist