The Further Shore

A workshop for writing about death, loss and dying.

 
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So you want to write about a bigger topic… the bigger topic.

In this workshop we’ll use writing as a tool to explore dying, loss, and the bittersweet corners of the experience of mortality. Together, we’ll excavate our feelings and beliefs around this huge topic with honesty and compassion in a community of people who actually want to talk about it too. With pens in hand, we’ll ask the big questions, tell the hard stories, and explore what it means to die, and also what it means to live.

Here’s how it works:

We’ll meet in person approximately every other week for eight sessions (sixteen weeks) with our notebooks and minds open. Each class will be loosely tied to a theme, which we’ll explore through guided writing exercises and sharing. We’ll write lots and share our work as we create it for kind, supportive feedback from the group. Each participant will also have the chance to prepare one piece at home to bring to the class for deeper (but still wildly supportive) feedback. There will be tea, snacks, laughter (yes, laughter) and meaningful homework in between sessions.

This workshop is ideal for people who:

  • Are curious about exploring different perspectives about death and dying, whether they’ve had any direct experience with death or not.

  • Have an urge to write about the end of life, but don’t want to do it alone.

  • Love the idea of a bi-weekly creative date with a small group of others who aren’t afraid to face the complicated stuff.

  • Feel ready (though maybe a little scared) to share personal writing.

  • Are genuinely open to listening to and giving supportive feedback to other writers whose experiences and perspectives about death may be very different from their own.

  • Are comfortable with tears and Kleenex, and don’t turn away when they read words like “morgue”.

  • Love a good homemade cookie.

You can expect to leave the workshop with:

  • Lots of new writing that you didn’t expect to create.

  • A renewed sense of your writing voice and the breadth of your material.

  • A more complex hold on your own values and beliefs around death and dying.

  • New friends who are on the same path.

  • Creative courage.

This class isn’t a good fit for people who:

  • Your looking for grief counseling or advice on how to handle loss. While sharing thoughts on death might have a therapeutic impact, this class isn’t working from a therapeutic framework, and isn’t a bereavement group.

  • Critique or competition. We’re all about the love.

  • Any kind of judgment about your personal beliefs of death and dying.

  • Rules on how to write. We’ll work on developing your writing skills but we don’t subscribe to the idea that there’s only one way to create powerful work.

  • All the answers.

Why Britt? (A note from Britt.)

I believe that we don’t always get to choose what we’re pulled to write about. Death is a topic that often comes up in my writing. And I know I’m not alone. Still, I often hear my clients talk about how they feel like they’re “too much” when they share stories about dying. I want to make a class that’s a safe place for people like me who long to explore those bigger topics without holding back.

In my daily life I find myself talking about death a lot. When I’m not a writing coach, I am a bereavement group facilitator and a hospice volunteer. I’ve also completed training as a Life Cycle Celebrant, specializing in writing and officiating funeral ceremonies. Connecting with people about death and having the conversations no one is having is important to me. Bringing that together with writing is honestly a dream come true. I am deeply excited and humbled to be able to lead this groupYour

 

Britt

Details:

8 bi-weekly Thursday evenings (with a couple exceptions, see exact dates below),  7 – 9:45pm
September 12 - December 12 (Sept 12, Sept 26, Oct 10, Oct 17, Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 28, Dec 12)
At the Firefly Studio with Britt

Cost:

The fee for this 8-week class is $525. When you sign up you’ll be asked for a $200 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. There’s no extra fee for this service; we just like being able to offer it. 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 and cancellation policies, click here.

Ready to take the leap?

 

Registraiton opens July 30.

Questions?

Your answer is probably on this page.

Looking for more options?

Take a peek at our other in-house workshops, our coaching services, or our monthly writers care package.


What people are saying:

 
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This was such a therapeutic and healing class without being maudlin or morose. Britt was supportive and inspiring. The writing prompts always managed to bring out surprising little nuggets. I’d leave the class energized, inspired and thoughtful. It was a perfect balm for a difficult time and I loved everyone in the class. It was a warm and loving group. And the cookies at break were delicious!!!

Kristine Groskaufmanis


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The Further Shore is a sensitively guided journey delving into a personal relationship with death, dying and the meaning of life. Britt is a gentle and supportive facilitator, making space for fear and doubt while encouraging bold exploration of the sacred and the mundane with both tears and laughter.

Maureen Pollard
MSW, RSW (Social Worker)