. OWL-Circle   Story Circle Network: OWL-Circle Project
  Memoirs: Piecing Together the Patterns of Our Lives
OWL-Circle e-Letter  
June 2004, Vol. 3, No 1  
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In This Issue
(To read this e-letter on our website, click here: www.storycircle.org/owlcircle/Newsletters/040615.html)

Programs & activities:


All About OWL

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).


Genealogy Writing Workshop: Salt Lake City

Join Story Circle Network in a trip to Salt Lake City and the Family History Library. During the workshop, you will learn to research your genealogy and begin writing the stories of your family history. For more information, go to http://www.storycircle.org/genealogy.shtml.


With Courage and Common Sense

Our memoir anthology, With Courage and Common Sense, was published in the fall of 2003 by the University of Texas Press and is available for purchase. This collection contains memoirs collected from the grant-funded phase of the OWL-Circle Project, as well as an introduction describing the project.

For a preview of the book (and to place an order), go here: www.storycircle.org/owlcircle/withcourage.

The book is being recorded for the Talking Book Program of the Texas State Library. It will be available without charge to Texans of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical, or reading disabilities. For information about availability, phone 1-800-252-9605 (toll-free in Texas) or 512-463-5458 (Austin area), or consult your Talking Book Topics (a bimonthly catalog of available titles.)


Writing from Life Workshop, October 2-3

If you're writing the story of your life (or thinking about it!) you won't want to miss SCN's popular semi-annual weekend Writing From Life workshop, scheduled for October 2-3 in Austin TX. Enrollment is limited to 25, so be sure to register early. For details, go here: www.storycircle.org/Workshops.


Austin OWL-Circle Workshops

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.

New OWL-Circle groups will begin in September. For more information, please email Pat Flathouse and Mary Elizabeth at owlcircle@storycircle.org, or click here: www.storycircle.org/owlcircle/austin/workshops.html.

If someone would like to suggest a meeting place in either north Austin or central Austin, we would be more than happy to organize an OWL-Circle for the Fall. Also, if anyone is interested in an evening group, please let us know.

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 first Tuesday of each month from 1:30-3pm at St. John Newmann Church. The July meeting will be July 6. Those interested in attending may email Pat Flathouse and Mary Elizabeth at owlcircle@storycircle.org), or see www.storycircle.org/owlcircle/austin/workshops.html 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 us know.


Publishing Opportunities for Older Writers

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.


Other Writing Opportunities

  • Our next Be Our Guest program of 2004 will be held on Sunday, July 11, from 2-4pm at the LCRA Colorado Room (3700 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin, TX 78703; map here: www.storycircle.org/graphics/LCRA_map.html). Lisa Wingate, novelist, is our speaker; her topic is "Family History into Fiction". Lisa will talk about combining family memories, fact, and fiction to create her mainstream novels for Penguin Putnam and her methods for charting a character's spititual journey through the course of the novel. She calls this "Storytelling From Life/Charting Your Character's Journey". Lisa's books, Tending Roses and Good Hope Road, have been reviewed and are posted on Story Circle Book Review site, here: www.storycircle.org/BookReviews; these books will be available for purchase at the event.

    Please sign up today for the Sunday, August 15 Be Our Guest program: an Open Mike event, "Sing to our Hearts." All Austin Chapter members are invited to read a 5-minute piece they've written. We'll break up into two rooms to give as many as thirty members a chance to participate. Authors of published books who read are invited to sell their books at this event! Reserve today by e-mailing Donna Remmert at donnaremmert@comcast.net. She will send you confirmation of acceptance (only 30) and instructions afterwards.

    Light refreshments are served at Be Our Guest events. These programs are free of charge. Members are encouraged to invite guests.

    For more information, go to www.storycircle.org/beourguest.shtml.

  • Join us this year for one (or more!) of our Saturday writing intensives, Schmooze the Muse. These day-long workshops will encourage you to explore and share your personal story, discover creative new approaches to lifewriting, and schmooze that elusive, reclusive Muse!

    The next workshop is on Saturday, July 17: "Level I Dream Writing", led by Donna Remmert. Dreams wisdom is available to you in profound ways once you know how to understand the dream stories you create nightly. We will discuss how to remember and record the details of a dream, the significance of recurring dream themes, how to understand the symbolic meaning of dream imagery, and why working with your dreams can add depth and meaning to your life and your writing. Bring your dreams, your writing supplies and a sack lunch.

    For more information and to register, see www.storycircle.org/Workshops/SchmoozeTheMuse.shtml.

  • Interested in meeting with other women to write & share stories? Please join one of our Austin Chapter Writing Circles for support, encouragement, & ideas for life-writing topics. The Circles meet monthly & are free & limited to members of the Austin Chapter of the Story Circle Network. Of our 12 writing circles, six are open to new members. Please contact the facilitator BEFORE attending a meeting.

    For more information, visit the Austin Chapter Writing Circles web page: www.storycircle.org/AustinChapter/WritingCircle.shtml.

  • Story Circle Members, listen up! Our fifth annual Life-Writing Competition is now underway. This year's topic focuses on the relationship between mothers and daughters:
    "When I stopped seeing my mother with the eyes of a child, I saw a woman who helped me give birth to myself."
    ~Nancy Friday~

    "The woman who bore me is no longer alive, but I seem to be her daughter in increasingly profound ways."
    ~Johnnetta Betsch Cole~

    "This mother is a school we are born into, a school we are students in, a schoolwe are teachers at, all at the same time, and for the rest of our lives."
    ~Clarissa Pinkola Estes~

    Tell a story about yourself within the mother-daughter relationship, within the human continuum of mothers and daughters.

    The deadline is July 15. For details, rules, and awards, go here: www.storycircle.org/Contests. (You're not a member? Then join already! [www.storycircle.org/frmjoinscn.shtml])


Older Women's Memoirs

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.







Your Life, Your Story
Your Life, Your Story

Are you writing your life story?

Need some help?

This book contains five chapters with suggestions, ideas, ways to organize your material, and writing helps. A final chapter on various aspects of lifewriting, by Story Circle authors, including tips for writing, capturing memories, using photos, interviewing, creating a family cookbook, and scrapbooking.

A valuable resource for any woman who wants to tell the story of her life, but especially useful for women over 60. Based on the highly successful, widely acclaimed Older Women's Legacy Circle workshop program of the Story Circle Network. Sturdily bound in plastic with a coil binding that allows the book to lie flat. A helpful resource, a wonderful gift.

$15 (shipping included)

Go here to order - or click on the book cover above.

. Wise Words on Aging

"Women, when they are old enough to have done with the business of being women, and can let loose their strength, may be the most powerful creatures in the world."
~Isak Dinesen~

"Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced old woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force."
~Dorothy L. Sayers~

"She has become braver as she has aged, less interested in the opinions of those she does not cherish, and has come to realize that she has little to lose, little, any longer, to risk."
~Carolyn Heilbrun~

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 $25 U.S., $30 Canada/Mexico, $35 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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