Gail Straub: Life Story’s Two Essential Partners, Fact & Imagination

Gail Straub: Life Story’s Two Essential Partners, Fact & Imagination

April 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

“All of my writing is based on the premise of the mutability of fact, the mutability of memory. That it is difficult to separate fact and imagination—the lines are very blurry.” Isabel Allende


Your inner life, what you make of your story in the realm of your imagination, can be radically different than the outer facts of your life. This is what makes writing about your life so radically liberating. No one can create your story except you. When fact and imagination are in intimate partnership the most transformative and effective writing occurs. Through this partnership hidden patterns emerge, your story begins to fit together not in a linear chronological fashion, but in a fluid mysterious way that is often astonishing. Through lecture, creative writing exercises, and group dialog we practice this critical partnership.


These are some of the writing exercises and tools that we will focus on: how to access deeper regions of the imagination and get the linear brain out of the way; practicing the potent trinity of Write, Voice, and Witness; the use of spiritual practice in writing; how to recognize the facts that are important to include in your story; how to marry facts with your imagination in order to write a life story that liberates you; and how to balance fierce discipline with openhearted creativity in the writing process. In addition Gail will spend a short session at the end of the day discussing the pros and cons of both traditional publishing as well as self-publishing.


This workshop is appropriate for those who have already been published as well as those aspiring to publish, and, for anyone interested in using writing as a pathway into personal meaning and liberation.


gail-straub-woodstock-bookfestGail Straub is the author of five books including the best selling Empowerment, the award-winning feminist memoir Returning to My Mother’s House, and most recently the fairy tale Réveil . . . and the Old One at the Edge of the World. Currently she is working on a book exploring landscape as a pathway to consciousness. A pioneer in the field of empowerment, she co-directs the Empowerment Institute, a school for transformative social change where over the last three decades she has offered her work to tens of thousands of people worldwide.


Just $250 per participant, your day includes a delicious lunch delivered to your workshop, Friday night’s Little Bites and Big Libations (appetizers, spirits and desserts) at a social evening with other participants, our instructors and panelists.


Or treat yourself to The Whole Shebang for $450. Here’s what you’ll get:


Take in the Story Slam on Thursday night. Join the One Day Intensive of your choosing on Friday, in one of Woodstock’s beautiful private homes, complete with a fabulous lunch. Then sail into the weekend: attending all the wonderful panels, breakfast, both Little Bites and Big Libations Cocktail Parties, both evening events, the Friday Night Keynote and The Donahue Interview. And share the bounty from our always-stuffed goody bag.