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Literature & Writing Workshops

Memoir Writing

In this workshop you will explore some of the poignant memories and stories that have shaped your life. With innovative exercises for eliciting memories and writing memoirs, you will discover stories that may surprise you with their power for self-discovery. As you reflect upon the events that make up your life, you will notice the continuous thread that weaves through your experiences, deepening an understanding of who you are, and offering a sense of clarity, meaning, and purpose for your life.

Sat., April 12
10:00 am - 4 pm
Room: Hort 5005

Register by Feb. 10: $65
Register after Feb. 10: $76

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Lauren Mari-Navarro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working with people undergoing life transitions for over 18 years. Lauren has had training in the Progoff Journal Method, "Mining Your Life for Meaning" writing process.


Soul Collage: Stretching Our Wings

A class for veteran collagers, beginners and everyone in between!

If you could stretch your wings, what would you do? Where would you go? How would you feel? Tap into your creativity and your inner wisdom to give more room and strength to your own wings and expand your sense of freedom, direction and purpose. This class supports, encourages and guides you to make a set of small collages to access the symbolic power of images and imagination in your own unique style. You can apply this method to many other aspects of your life, personally and professionally.

If you are already familiar with the method you know you are in for a treat. If you are new to it please visit for more details.

Flexible, accessible and playful, SoulCollage(R) allows you to work at your own pace and go as deep as you dare. No previous artistic experience is necessary.

Sat., March 29
10 am - 4 pm
Room: Hort 5005

Register by Feb. 10: $75
Register after Feb. 10: $88

Plus a materials fee of $20

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Lauren Mari-Navarro, LCSW and Mariabruna Sirabella, MFT are trained facilitators of the Soul Collage® Method encouraging creativity and self-discovery. Both teachers have private practices in the Santa Cruz community.

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The Writer's Journey

Many of us hold a deep dream of wanting to write. We want to write so we can understand ourselves more deeply and so that we can be seen. We sense that there are stories living inside of us that need to be told, but in our busy lives, we have not been able to create the time, space or circumstances in which to do so.

This one-day workshop will give you that time. During our day of writing together and reading aloud, you will tap into your creativity, explore your wild mind, and learn the basic tools you need to develop a rich, vital writing life. The Writer's Journey is rooted in writing practice, developed by Natalie Goldberg in her classic book, Writing Down the Bones. The class is appropriate for both beginning and experienced writers.

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Sat., March 15
9 am - 4 pm
Room: 405

Register by Feb. 10: $78
Register after Feb. 10: $90

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Laura Davis is the author of 7 non-fiction books, including The Courage to Heal, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and I Thought We'd Never Speak Again. She teaches weekly writing workshops and has been mentoring and supporting writers for the past 16 years.


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