How this workshop came to be…
When we can unravel and understand the threads of our story we have a tool for weaving a more intimate relationship with ourselves and the world.
I’m interested in the role of story in our lives, at both a personal and a cultural level. For many years I documented other peoples stories, through words and images, as a way to capture the diversity and possibility of our lives. But it was not until I started to dive into my own story, that I began to see the power and hold of it in my own life, and the power of stories to reshape me too.
Listening to a deep urge to write, a few years ago I took a leap and moved to West Cork. Over the course of about a two years, I began to narrate the narrative lines which had been moulding and holding me. The stories took me back in time to landscape and myth, to my great-grandmother, to the impact of cultural narratives of femininity, patriarchy, religion and cultural identity on my life. The memoir which resulted has been the greatest gift I have ever given to myself, and the questions and insights which have arisen are guiding my life outwards now, beyond the page. When I wrote my own truth I noticed I was able to start living it more fully too, inhabiting my being in fuller, more expanded ways.
To get to my own stories I had to write down the layers of me. I drew on a range of perceptual and creative tools such as sensory listening, somatic practice, creative visioning, life mapping, poetic sensibility, photography and the technical skills of crafting and editing prose to find my own writing voice.
This workshop is a condensed version of this process, in which I introduce some of these tools as a way to spark your own writing and story practice. It is an exploration into new ways of sensing and thinking about story, and how writing can give voice to it all.
(To hear me speak more about the power of story you can listen to this podcast interview with Naomi Sturdy, on Heart of the Matter. )
“I cannot recommend this day highly enough. Write To Your Truth was one of the most enjoyable workshops I’ve ever been to. Clare held the space for us all with gentle encouragement, wisdom and kindness. We all ended the day full of inspiration, with plenty of takeaways for nurturing our own writing practice.” – Niamh Gallagher, July 2019.
This workshop is for you if you: .
- Want to explore engaging ways to craft your own personal narratives.
- Seeking space and time to unpack your story
- Interested in using writing as a tool to connect with your inner wisdom and intuition.
In this workshop you will:
- Learn tools for crafting your own personal narrative and learn more about the role of story in your life.
- Create a ‘river of life’ story map as a tool for seeing the interdependencies between your stories.
- Discover creative ways for into tapping into memory using your senses and somatic/ body awareness
- Have some quiet time to write and reflect.
- Connect and learn from the other participants.
- Receive a comprehensive reading list for on-going writing practice and inspiration.
‘I found the workshop helped restart my inner fire for writing through the exercises and skillful facilitation. Clare draws from a deep well of knowledge and experience but shares it it a very modest and gentle way, creating a nurturing, greenhouse space where creativity and openness are cultivated’– Hilary, July 2019 participant.
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The Official Bio!
‘Stories are, at heart, like the baton handed over in a relay team, only they are passed from one generation to the next. They give each of us a visual template of what to expect, a map of the ‘wilderness’, but most of all the best stories provide a sort of psychological preparation for life’s inevitable struggles. In short, stories are prescriptions for courage. They illustrate how to run the race. And win. We are not born with courage. We may possess bravado, even arrogance. Youth normally does. But courage is a quiet spiritual muscle discovered only when you face your greatest fear. Stories embolden, strengthen and establish how we can become our very best’- Bobette Buster.
Write to your Truth was a beautiful workshop hosted by Clare Mulvany. Clare creates such a safe, intimate space in which sharing feels natural, even with complete strangers. I felt supported in my writing process and emboldened to further creativity. The day was a wonderful way to connect with other creative people in my area and to learn something of the craft of creative non-fiction from Clare. – Fiona Shevlin.
Clare’s workshop opened many doors into the dark, in to the light and offered safe and inspiring ways of exploring experience through words. We worked through a wide variety of stimulating exercises. If one didn’t ‘work’ the next one did. I’m leaving with a set of tools to fee up my own writing and am looking forward to find out where it leads me. Deirdre Mc Mahon.
Doing the ‘Write to your Truth’ workshop with Clare allowed me to drop further into presence with my sensory world and to dive deeper into the ocean of expression that is waiting to be released. I discovered new frameworks and pathways to allow the unfolding truth to be expressed through pen onto page. I uncovered surprising truths, just waiting to find an outlet for my own understanding and unfolding of my own path- Treacy O’ Connor.
I regained my love of writing for fiction and healing, and a reminder of different modalities for inspiration. I’m not sure where I’ll go with my writing but looking forward to exploring, thanks to Clare’s insights and tools- Anne Marie Callaghan.
Clare share her personal wisdom and story which was very impactful as a way of teaching. The workshop was my first experience with writing as a creative expression and I picked up some great practices and points of entry that I will definitely use in the future. The experience was comforting and supportive, and working in a group helped as a way of reflecting on my own experience and how others were feeling. Thank you Clare.- Lesley Keppel.
I’d been through quite a big transition in my life this year so far and struggling with decisions I’ve made and I am facing. Coming to Clare’s workshop was in incredibly healing experience for me as it helped me to see who I already am, who I have become and what potential my future holds. I love writing and have a very creative side to my life which has felt very blocked. The exercises in this workshop helped me to tap into my creative self again in a very safe and supportive space. Thank you so much. – Lisa, Wicklow.
I’m a novice to writing and journalling. In the workshop I’ve been shown ways to connect with my inner thoughts through senses, words, diagrams. It’s been very interesting and took me in unexpected directions. – Patricia Duff