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. OWL-Circle   Story Circle Network: OWL-Circle Project
  Memoirs: Piecing Together the Patterns of Our Lives
OWL-Circle e-Letter  
March 2003, Vol. 2, No 2  
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In This Issue
(To read this e-letter on our website, click here: www.storycircle.org/owlcircle/Newsletters/030304.html)
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Programs & activities:

 

All About OWL
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OWL-Circle The OWL-Circle Memoir Workshop project is now in its fifth year. To learn about the project's history and goals, click here: www.storycircle.org/owlcircle. Currently, the project is divided into two major areas:
  • workshops and other activities in the Austin TX region, which are under the direct supervision of SCN (for more information, go here: www.storycircle.org/owlcircle/austin).

  • workshops in various parts of the country, offered by facilitators who are using the OWL-Circle workshop packages (for more information, go here: www.storycircle.org/owlcircle).

To read about OWL-Circles currently in progress, see our OWL-Circles in the U.S. page: www.storycircle.org/owlcircle/circles.shtml. To tell us about your new or upcoming OWL-Circles, please use our online form: www.storycircle.org/owlcircle/frmnewcircle.shtml.

 

Your Life, Your Story
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Pat Flathouse, with the help of Catherine Cogburn and Susan Albert, has just completed Your Life, Your Story. The book is a version of the workbook used in the acclaimed OWL-Circle Memoir Workshop program, but designed to be used by individuals, rather than groups. Pat will be field-testing the book with OWL-Circle groups over the next two months. When the field-testing is complete, the book will be available on the OWL-Circle website.

 

With Courage and Common Sense
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The memoir anthology, With Courage and Common Sense, will be published in Fall, 2003, by the University of Texas Press. This collection contains memoirs collected from the grant-funded phase of the OWL-Circle Project, as well as an introduction describing the project. The book will be available on the OWL-Circle website, beginning in September.

 

Austin OWL-Circle Workshops
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Have you always wanted to write down those family stories before they're forgotten? Are there events in your life that you'd like to share with your family? Join us at an upcoming OWL-Circle workshop for five workshop sessions and learn how to organize and write your story.

Austin OWL-Circle Director Pat Flathouse (owlcircle@storycircle.org or 512-347-7687) will begin a new OWL-Circle group on March 26 from 12:30 to 3:00 at St. John Neumann Church at 5455 Bee Cave Road. For more information, please call or email Pat, or click here: www.storycircle.org/owlcircle/austin/workshops.html.

The Continuing OWL-Circle Program, for those who have completed the OWL-Circle Writing Program and want to continue with their writing, meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30pm at St. John Newmann Church. The next meeting will be on March 31. Those interested in the Continuing OWL-Circle Program may contact Pat Flathouse (owlcircle@storycircle.org or 512-347-7687) for further information.

If you know of a church, women's group, individual's home, or senior residence that would like to sponsor an OWL-Circle workshop, or if you would like to facilitate one of these groups, let Pat Flathouse know.

 

"Human Values in Aging" Newsletter
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A monthly electronic newsletter, "Human Values in Aging", is now available containing news about humanistic gerontology, including topics such as autobiography and life-review, lifelong learning, and late-life creativity. The newsletter is published by the Institute for Human Values in Aging, under support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. For a sample copy or free subscription, contact: valuesinaging@yahoo.com.

 

Publishing Opportunities for Older Writers
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Publication is validating for writers of any age, but especially for older writers who want to share their life stories! The Story Circle Network maintains an up-to-date Market Watch page (www.storycircle.org/MarketWatch.shtml) with many listings of memoir-related publication opportunities. If you are writing your story, there are several opportunities for you to publish your work. If you are leading an OWL-Circle group or memoir-writing program, please share these opportunities with your writers.

 

Older Women's Memoirs
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We're creating a bibliography of older women's memoirs or other personal writings for our website, and we need your help. Please send us the name of the memoir and the author. Email to storycircle@storycircle.org.

To see our current bibliography, go here: www.storycircle.org/owlcircle/memoirs.html.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OWL-Circle
Workbook


(click to see cover)

The OWL-Circle Workbook is based on women's life experiences and written especially for older women. It contains materials for five workshop sessions. If you teach memoir sessions for older women or lead older women's memoir groups, this material is designed for you and your groups! For more about the workbook and the accompanying Facilitator's Manual, click here.

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. Wise Words on Aging

"Through our actions, we will create a new image of age--free and joyous, living with pain, saying what we really think and feel at last--knowing more than we ever knew we knew, not afraid of what anyone thinks of us anymore, moving with wonder into that unknown future we have helped shape for the generations coming after us."
~Betty Friedan~

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Story Circle Network
. About the Story Circle Network

The OWL-Circle memoir workshops are a project of the Story Circle Network, a non-profit organization that honors women's voices and celebrates women's lives. Membership in SCN is open to women everywhere. We offer:

  • a quarterly newsletter with features on women's lifewriting
  • opportunities to publish your work
  • workshops, classes, on-line courses
  • an Internet Chapter
  • Speaker's Bureau
  • much more

    Annual membership is only $24 U.S., $30 Canada/Mexico, $36 elsewhere. To join, click on Join SCN and pay on-line, or send a check to
    Story Circle Network
    P.O. Box 500127
    Austin, TX 78750-0127

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    This e-Letter is written and edited by Peggy Moody & Susan Wittig Albert.


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