Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Women Writing With Women

On Friday I leave for a conference sponsored by the International Women's Writing Guild at Yale University. I look forward to women writers coming together to share creativity, insight and experience. Women will gather . . . the love of writing binds us together and helps break the isolation. 

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.


Jan Backes said...

Have a lovely time at Yale. As usual, we will be with you in spirit and can't wait to hear about your experience.
Jan and Flo

Susan G. Weidener said...

Thanks, Jan and Flo. I look forward to seeing you again and sharing at our July read-around. I will keep you posted about the conference; hopefully, get the time to blog while I am there and also tell everyone about the incredible women who come together at Wellington Square.