The Eight Pillars of Personal Narrative


“The great questions – Who are we? Why are we here? What is our task? – are best answered by telling a story.” Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sachs, British theologian & philosopher

It’s true we live our lives in narrative. Everywhere we go, we share a story or hear stories from others. But life stories are more than mere entertainment. Constructing our stories helps us to make sense of the world, so that in time, one story after the next, we get closer to answering some of the great questions! Archiving our most compelling stories leaves a lasting legacy.

In a narrative, you describe a significant life experience. Then you share your reactions, feelings and lessons learned. Narratives include other pillars as well. We’ll discuss powerful examples of eight pillars – each a key element of personal narrative, after which I’ll lead you through strategic writing exercises, stepping stones to your working draft.


● the kind of breakthroughs that elicit your best writing

● constructive feedback in a supportive environment

● a jumpstart on three or more life stories in draft form

● ideas, momentum and resources to sustain your writing once the workshop ends

No matter where you are in the process, if you long to capture your most compelling life stories or personal narratives, this energetically-paced weekend workshop is for you. Arrive with all the raw material in your head and heart, then plan to generate all new writing. I’ll provide momentum, strategic prompts and writing time to move you forward. Come stoke the writing muse!

In this workshop, we will generate new writing through exercises and assignments; provide feedback on writing you produce in our weekend.

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