If you ever wanted to write about your life, this unique workshop being offered this weekend is for you!
By Shadi Absi
Part of the Pasadena eARTh Festival (a play on the words art and earth), acclaimed poet Michael Czarnecki will be visiting Pasadena this weekend to offer a workshop giving us the opportunity to write about our life.
Michael, a native of Wheeler Hill New York, says:
Everyone has stories to share and many people have a desire to write about their life. Wanting to write and doing so are two different things. Often we get stuck on the immensity of such a project. This workshop will help to make that desire a reality.
This workshop will help participants to decide what to write about their lives using a method Michael calls “palm-of-the-hand” writing, after the “palm-of-the-hand” stories of Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata. After deciding on story possibilities, the method presented helps focus the writer’s energy into completing short individual pieces about their life.
Michael Czarnecki will lead this workshop that he developed nearly a dozen years ago. Since then he’s presented scores of workshops introducing this method to countless numbers of writers. There are many groups around the country now meeting regularly sharing their Palm of the Hand Memoir writings.
> Suggested donation: $5.
What else is being offered at the eARTh Festival besides the “Memoir of Your Life” Workshop?
Here’s a list of all the activities (at press time) that are happening at the earthfest in Pasadena:
- Featured Speaker: Darrell Clarke (Main Stage)
- Honoring: Laura Garrett (Main Stage)
- Special Guest: Poet Michael Czarnecki (Main Stage)
- Design Science Robotics
- DIY Paper Straw
- Cecile and Mighty
- Music of the Sphere
- Art Show Opening
- Poets On Site
- Henna by Salma
- Opera singer: Toti O’Brien
- Brush Painting
- Flutes of the World
- Drumming in the Garden
Plus a host of organizations and vendors will be on hand to check out.
For more detailed information check out the festival’s website.
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