Seven Stages Webinar Series
How do the stories of your life illuminate your journey and spark your creative voice?
As part of StoryLab's continued effort to develop innovative approaches to story development and story sharing, we’re offering our first ever webinar series, giving you the opportunity to take part in powerful storywork right where you are through a series of lecture and working sessions in creativity and creative writing. Register now; space is limited!
Seven Stages: Story and the Human Experience is about life’s journey: how to unearth the stories embedded in our daily lives and use them to learn about ourselves, our relationships, and our place in the community. Eight sessions will delve into the ideas behind CDS Founder Joe Lambert's upcoming book, Seven Stages: Story and the Human Experience. The first seven classes will be experimental working sessions. Each session will feature a 30-minute introductory lecture followed by two hours of writing and sharing, followed by a group summation. The final session will explore applying this approach to curriculum for schools, community arts processes, and therapeutic environments
The sessions will take place on the GoToMeeting platform. Audio will be primary, but there will be opportunity for participants to interact visually and share writing as well. Each session will be available for one-time participation, with a discounted fee for the entire series.
The series’ creator and leader is CDS's Founder Joe Lambert. Here’s what he says about this exploration of story and life process:
For the past three years, I have been exploring the relationship between story, storywork and life stages. The journey showed me a cycle of emergence and decline which I saw as a recurring pattern in biological process, the body, life stages, consciousness, personal awareness, creative process, and archetypal story structure.
My exploration of these seven layers and seven stages has now become a workbook for creativity and storytelling, which I hope to release as a CDS/StoryLab publication in the early fall. In each session, you will be my first partners in these ideas; together we will explore the structure of the workbook, exercises and prompts, ensuring that they invite and support in-depth exploration through your stories. The class is neither aimed at a specific narrative genre nor intended to be a writer’s workshop to hone or craft a poem, digital story, or short story. The work will be to awaken different facets of creative voice, allowing you to take the experience and expand your writing into whatever form excites you.
We will keep a private wiki of the process to share and comment on writing as participants wish, and as a forum for me to receive feedback on the workbook and process. This will be a mutual journey – one to which I am very much looking forward – in evolving all our understanding of story as a central part of the life experience, and evolving our practices here at CDS and with our partners and community of practitioners.
Who Should Attend
This series is aimed at professionals working with storytelling in media arts, arts education, and community arts, as well as expressive arts and other therapeutic approaches to art-making. But anyone can gain from the experience. Participants from the helping professions of counseling, therapy, peer support, diversity awareness, and organizational development and coaching will have much to gain – and much to add – to each session.
What You Need to Participate
You need a computer with the audiovisual capability for online video chat on the GoToMeeting platform. GoToMeeting works on Macs and PCs. Find out more about optimizing the experience at http://www.gotomeeting.com/default/help/g2m/getting_started/system_requirements.htm.
Dates and Times
Monday mornings 9 am - 12 noon Pacific Standard Time
(12 pm - 3 pm Eastern Standard Time; 6 pm - 9 pm [1800-2100] Central European Time)
March 18 - FULL. WAIT LIST ONLY.
April 1 - FULL. WAIT LIST ONLY.
April 15 - FULL. WAIT LIST ONLY.
April 29 - FULL. WAIT LIST ONLY.
May 20 - FULL. WAIT LIST ONLY.
June 10 - FULL. WAIT LIST ONLY.
July 8 - FULL. WAIT LIST ONLY.
August 12 - FULL. WAIT LIST ONLY.
$50 per session
PDF Reader Extra - TBD
Total Participants: 25
I. The Biological Story: Exploring Voice from the Nature Metaphor
II. Our Body’s Story: Exploring Voice from an Embodied Metaphor
III. Life Stages and Story: Exploring Voice in Relationship To Developmental Stages
IV. Consciousness and Story: Exploring Voice from the History of Consciousness
V. Personal Awareness and Story: Exploring Voice from Your Own Emergent Awareness
VI. Creative Process and Story: Exploring Voice as Seen Through Acts of Creativity
VII. The Seven Stages of a Story: Exploring Narrative Archetype from the Seven Stages
VIII. Applying the Seven Stages: Approaches to the Use of the Seven Stages in Creative Practices, Schools, Communities, and Group Process