Our Lives hold many tales. Whether they are eagerly unconventional or relatively normal, like hidden gems, these tales provide profound insights into growth and intimacy. Is it a short piece about a walk with a special friend, a secret to reveal, searching for our identity, or making sense of your past, present and future of through an Integral lens?
Memoirs bring out the heartache, love, grief, despair, shame, longing, ambition, and joy that are universal human experiences. They remind us that we are more alike than different, and that our differences add to the beauty and nuance of life.
Join this series of memoir writing workshops every other Wednesday from May 17th to July 26th. The first one will be the basics of writing a memoir with an integral approach to it. The following five will focus on using literary tools in memoir writing, as well as writers’ emotional support and community building.
Led by Shabnam Curtis, author of My Persian Paradox: Memories of an Iranian Girl, we will discuss how to crack open structure, use specific detail, align our minds and hearts, find new angles, give and receive constructive feedback, while we grow deeper by creating our life stories and bearing witness to those of others. See Shabnam’s bio below.
Practice for Next Week – Making a list of scenes and dialogs to the right places of the structure or making a list of them as you remember (if possible)
Practice for Next Week – Expanding your structure and create a draft of the detailed list of events
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Shabnam Curtis was born and raised in Tehran, experiencing the Iranian Revolution of 1979 firsthand. In 2004 she immigrated to the United States, where she now works as a passionate Integral Coach and a writer. She published her memoir, My Persian Paradox: Memories of an Iranian Girl in March of 2019. Shabnam is a certified Integral Coach with New Ventures West and International Coaching Federation. She offers one-on-one coaching sessions as well as workshops for groups. Since September of 2021, she also has been the life coach in residence for Dimension Science Bridges Non-profit organization. As an author, she teaches memoir writing workshops. She has been performing lectures at colleges and interviews with podcasts about her memoir and the concept of sharing stories and human growth. Her self-growth journey includes volunteer opportunities she has taken, including ESL teaching and leading storytelling workshops, and contributing as a board member at Loudoun Literacy Council non-profit organization. She has performed as a Project Analyst on Performance Measurement for Government contracts, including DOD, TSA, NAVY, FAA, & NASA, for over two decades.