April 18-22,2012

Occupy your Memoir

Janet Thomas

Explore your life for meaning and memoir and get a grip on the momentum that keeps the writer writing. The hardest part of writing about your life is sitting down to write. These five days are about diving into the depths of your life and diving into the writing chair and staying there. It takes a certain quality of attention to write deeply, meaningfully and consistently. It is a meditative attention, an attention than can be difficult to attain in these sound-byte disposable times. This workshop is about writing from the heart of your life, honoring the human experience, celebrating the story, and wrestling with the discipline it takes to keep on writing.

Janet Thomas
was born in Wales and lived in Canada before she started writing poems and protesting the Vietnam War on the streets of Seattle in 1969. Throughout the 1970s she meditated and walked for peace with the Japanese Buddhist monks who moved to her neighborhood to protest the Bangor Nuclear Submarine Base. Her plays, written and produced throughout the 80s, explore the moral, spiritual & ethical complexities of abortion, sexual abuse, nuclear war, the war against the environment and between the sexes. She's written books about cheap travel throughout the west and been the editor of a magazine about spas around the world. Her book, "The Battle in Seattle" was inspired by the farmers from around the world who showed up on the streets of WTO Seattle. Her most recent book, "Day Breaks Over Dharamsala--A Memoir of Life Lost and Found," is an exploration of spiritual healing. She lives and teaches on San Juan Island in the far northwest corner of Washington State in the U.S.