Birth Your Truest Story … by Nurturing Your Most Tender Voice
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A writer’s most formidable obstacles often come from within. Harsh inner critics, fear of facing emotional truths, and the tyranny of ingrained habits may hold us back from bringing our stories freely onto the page. As teachers and coaches, Audrey Kalman and Jennifer Browdy are dedicated to helping writers overcome these challenges. Applying their decades of experience—Audrey as a novelist and birth doula, Jennifer as a college professor and memoirist—they have developed the popular Birth Your Truest Story workshop series, which helps writers hone their craft as they build community and commit to their writing practice. In this one-hour mini-workshop, Jennifer and Audrey offer a series of powerful prompt-based exercises aimed at helping you befriend your inner critic, transform your fear, and shift your unproductive routines, so that you can birth your truest story into the world! Find out more about the series at http://birthyourtrueststory.com.
Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D. is a professor of literature, writing and media arts at Bard College/Simon’s Rock, where she has taught for more than 25 years; she also teaches online in the global Open Society University Network. Her memoir, What I Forgot …And Why I Remembered, was a finalist for the 2018 International Book Awards. Her writer’s guide, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir, won a 2017 Nautilus Silver Award. Her latest book, winner of the 2022 Gold Nautilus Award, is Purposeful Memoir as a Quest for a Thriving Future. Jennifer provides coaching and manuscript review for authors in fiction and nonfiction, and offers writing workshops online and in person.
Audrey Kalman writes fiction with a dark edge about what goes awry when human connection is missing from our lives. She is the author of three novels—The Last Storyteller, What Remains Unsaid, Dance of Souls, and Tiny Shoes Dancing, a short fiction collection shortlisted for the 2019 International Rubery Book Award. She holds a B.A. in creative writing from Simon’s Rock College of Bard and an M.A. in magazine journalism from Syracuse University. She was a 2020 Shuffle Collective literary resident, past president of the SF Peninsula Branch of the California Writers Club, and editor of three editions of the Fault Zone anthology. She previously worked as a birth doula and now offers editing and coaching services for writers. She lives in northern California and is at work on another novel.