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Approaches to Writing
Your Spiritual Autobiography


Marilyn McEntyre, PhD



March 18, 25 & April 1

4pm—6pm PT

After her successful Fall 2023 course Writing Into the Unknown, participants commented that the course was too short! Marilyn gives us rich resources from a wide range of writers to stimulate our own reflections on our spiritual journeys, as well as time for practice. This longer format, spread over three weeks will allow all of us, beginners and more experienced writers, time to contemplate and write of our own inner life.

Penny Washbourn, Moderator

Marilyn writes” People write spiritual autobiographies for a variety of purposes and in a surprising number of ways. Some are hefty volumes; some brief records of defining moments; some poems or letters. In this short course we’ll reflect on purposes and try out approaches, looking at a range of writers, including poets, who have left us legacies of personal and theological reflection. Some of their autobiographies are stories of healing, some of repentance and forgiveness, some of growing awareness; some of learning to listen for the Spirit who speaks into our silences.  Each session will offer an opportunity to try out techniques.”  

Marilyn McEntyre After years of undergraduate teaching, Marilyn now teaches for New College Berkeley, Western Seminary, and in the Forest Dwelling Program at the Oblate School of Theology. She leads retreats and workshops, and lectures on topics related to language, spirituality, and the common good. Marilyn’s books include Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies, Speaking Peace in a Climate of Conflict, When Poets Pray, Word by Word, and Make a List: How a Simple Practice can Change our Lives and Open our Hearts. She can be reached through her website:

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Fee: $75

Scholarships available

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