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Circle #2: Summer Soul Series - Authoring Your Life
"I am the only one who can tell the story of my life and say what it means."
As women, we may trip into the myth that we are not allowed to tell our stories; there isn’t time, or there isn't value or there isn't even permission to name and claim our experiences. “Authoring Your Life” is an invitation to “Say Yes” to yourself, with the gift of time, reflection, and creative self-expression through the written word.
Our session will include dynamic, hands-on writing exercises through which we can unearth and explore personal ideas and images that matter to us. Fun, engaging activities will help us release and give voice to the stories and ideas that live inside. All stories will be honored as we practice the deep art of sacred listening and giving and receiving feedback in a safe, encouraging space.
Writing is a creative, human tool (and a powerful one) that anyone can access. Through the writing process, we create and connect to the vitality that lives inside us. If you are a reluctant writer and think you can't possibly call yourself one, consider these sage words by author Pat Schneider: “A writer is someone who writes.”
Ali has taught writing for over 18 years to groups and individuals. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Michigan in English Language and Literature and her Master of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Ali’s work has been published in Survivor’s Review, Months to Years, Coping Magazine, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her writing has also been featured in multi-media art exhibitions: “Night of Inspiration in White” (Los Altos Hills, CA, 2010) and “Love Your Body” (North Carolina, 2007). She earned runner-up status in the Mendocino Coast Writer’s Conference Contest (2009) for her poetry. Trained and mentored by author Sharon Bray and poets Ellen Bass and Patricia Lee Lewis, Ali considers it a privilege to guide writers in their personal development of voice and craft. She is also passionate about the intersection of writing and healing. For over eight years, she has led writing groups for patients and their caregivers dealing with cancer through Stanford’s Supportive Care program. Ali is also the mother of two teens and founder and Executive Director of Meyers Learning Center, a local tutoring company.