Naming the World: Connecting the Personal to the Universal

March 31, 2021 @ 2 pm Eastern Time

All personal history is inextricably tied to the greater world. How does deep seeing transform us—and our stories?

It’s tempting to neglect the outside world as we tell our stories—or to use it as merely backdrop or stage set. But something bold and beautiful happens to both language and story when we effectively tangle with the elemental world beyond.

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In this webinar, we’ll think about ways to expand the scope of our memoirs by connecting them more fully to the external world and seeking universal themes. Illustrated with original art, rich with exercises, and showcasing the work and thoughts of writers ranging from Inara Verzemnieks and Gretel Ehrlich to Anna Badkhen, Olivia Laing, and Orhan Pamuk, this webinar will change the way you see and write the world around you.

In this webinar, you will:

  • CONSIDER the names of things—what we know about the world, what we don’t, and what we should find out as we write
  • TALK about the ways in which you can identify and then write toward exterior connections
  • ENCOUNTER illustrations of the kinds of language and scenes that most effectively yield the world beyond—and shift the personal story

There will be time for Q & A at the end of the presentation.

This webinar is ideal for memoirists and essayists who seek to broaden, enrich, and discover new meaning in the personal stories they wish to tell.

Advance registration required.
Space is limited.
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$10 if registered by 3/21/2021*
$15 if registered after 3/21/2021

Registration will close 24 hours before the event.

A recording of the webinar will be sent out to all registrants three business days after the event.

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