Many in Santa Barbara have been affected by trauma, grief and loss this year. Whether through the Thomas Fire, mudslides, politics, or personal experiences, these have all caused us to mourn. Dealing with tragedy can be isolating and lonely. Please join our memoir workshop to create community and support. You will be given the opportunity to write a meaningful story from your life, and given guidance to connect the personal with world events. Turning loss or tragedy into art helps the process of integrating and release. Finding the words to express what has moved or wounded you is a gift to others who hear your stories. Through your words, others may access their own buried feelings. Writing your stories is an act of love to the community and to yourself.
4:45 - 7:00 pm -- writing workshop
7:00 - 7:45 pm -- private reception for workshop participants
8:00 - 9:30 pm -- public reading (library will re-open and workshop participants will have an opportunity to read their work in the Fireplace Room)
Workshop FacilitatorCynthia Waring found her voice and her calling through writing her memoir, Bodies Unbound. Writing was such a powerful process of self-discovery that later she chose it as her profession. She has taught classes in recovery homes, senior centers, was the Writer in Residence at Esalen in Big Sur, and lately has traveled to lead workshops in healing trauma through writing. Cynthia is the author of her published and award-winning memoir, Bodies Unbound, and two one-woman shows, as well as appearing in periodicals, papers, and magazines. Cynthia now lives in Santa Barbara and offers classes on writing. Her work and contact can be found on her website BodiesUnbound.com.