The Life Stories Workshop
A memoir-writing workshop for anyone with stories in their hearts.
Is your past full of stories waiting to be told?
This class is for folks who want to escape the grind, nourish their creative souls, and write some of their amazing life stories. We’ll use short writing exercises, supportive feedback, and lots of sharing to shake away our blocks, find our writing voices, and record our lives. And of course we’ll laugh, support each other, and eat delicious snacks all the way along.
Here’s how it works:
This class has two main tools, memoir writing workbooks and in-person workshops at our studio. Workbooks are 25-ish page booklets with a theme to write about, a smattering of ideas about how to start, and a writing tip that you can take or leave. You’ll receive one at the end of each class, and then you’ll have the time in-between classes to scribble your heart out, before bringing in your work to share as part of the workshop. Our workshops are deliberately kept small (never more than 7 people) to ensure your work gets the time and space it needs. You can expect to leave each workshop session with warm and supportive feedback and conversation to fuel your next steps.
This class is ideal for people who:
Want to write about their lives but aren’t sure where to begin.
Want to integrate writing more deeply into their lives. (Unlike in “Keep Your Pen Moving”, most of your writing for this class happens at home.)
Love the idea of a set of creative dates with themselves.
Are motivated by the idea of sharing their writing in a small, supportive group.
Loved our “Monthly Memoirs” class and are excited about the new workbooks packs we’ve been creating.
Thrive in small, cozy groups (this class will never have more than 7 participants)
You can expect to walk away with:
One finished story per class, with more pieces started.
Writing tools and practices to carry you forward.
Writing tricks and warmups you can use anytime.
Countless ideas about where your writing might go next.
A clear sense of the story you want to write and the voice you want to write it in.
This class won’t be a perfect fit for people who:
Don’t want to share their writing with others.
Have already sketched out a manuscript and want to remain very focused on that one project.
Think their writing needs a harshly critical environment in order to thrive.
8 Saturday afternoons 2 – 5pm
September 7 – November 2 * no class Oct 5
At the Firefly Studio with Sophia
8 Tuesday afternoons 2 – 5pm
October 22 – December 10
At the Firefly Studio with Jenna
8 Wednesday evenings 7 – 10pm
January 8 – February 26
At the Firefly Studio with Sophia
8 bi-weekly (with an exception, see exact dates below) mornings 10 – 1pm
January 15- April 15 (Jan 15 & 29, Feb 5 & 19, March 4 & 18, April 1 & 15)
At the Firefly Studio with Britt
The fee for the 8-session class is $550, plus a $30 materials fee.
When you sign up you’ll be asked for a $255 deposit to confirm your spot, the balance of $325 will be due a week later. You’ll also have the option of breaking your balance into four monthly credit card payments of $81.25. Note, HST will be added to all costs.
We don’t want money to be a barrier to participation for our classes, but we know it can be. This is especially true for people facing marginalization. We have a small scholarship fund available, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis for anyone who needs it. Please let us know in your registration form if you’d like to apply. On the other hand if you’re able to contribute to our scholarship fund, click here.
To see our financial policies, click here.
Ready to take the leap?
Fall registration is open. Winter registration opens November 5, 2019.
What people are saying:
I never felt comfortable calling myself a writer. What I have learned through taking Firefly’s first Life Stories for women of colour, is that I have a voice, a story. One way I can share my story is through writing. This class took me out of my comfort zone. I began to judge my words less. Something magical happened each class. I connected with each of these amazing women and their individual journeys. I was inspired to turn the pain of my past into the poetry of the present. I laughed. I cried. I made peace with the stories in my heart by putting pen to paper.
I highly recommend Jenna and classes at Firefly to bring out the writer in you. She is a compassionate leader who made us comfortable from the very start. Enrolling in this class is one of the best things I’ve ever done and it could not have come at a better time.
Occupational Therapist, Co-Founder of Mixed in the Six
After taking this class, I had the courage to finally tackle a task I had long held in my heart – writing a memoir about a difficult time in my life. I left each class feeling optimistic, excited and encouraged about my writing. It was a gift to feel safe enough to take some risks and grow as a writer with the caring support of my facilitator and the community of women around the writing table.
Writer, Editor, Career Coach, Retired Principal
This class was the best birthday gift I’ve ever given myself. I’ve thought about writing for decades and always managed to find reasons not to do it. Having this structure in place and Britt as a leader was just the push I needed. Britt is warm, encouraging and so smart. Before I took this class, I only thought about writing; now I sit down and do it.