We long to - need to - find our voice through personal narrative. As I was re-reading James Hollis' Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, I was struck by these words: "It is of paramount importance that our spirituality be validated or confirmed by fidelity to our personal experience."
For women this often happens through oral exchanges of stories in groups like the Women's Writing Circle. These exchanges lead to validation, the "aha!" moment that our experience has resonated with another.
Women can explore the unconventional life through narratives. Writing unlocks the door blocking passage to the meaning we seek . . . to a fuller, richer life.
So as I head to Yale University for women writing with women, I look forward to meeting "seekers" of personal truth, storytellers of collective plots that comprise a woman's writing life. I look forward to my own ongoing writing journey and sharing it with you.