I love talking with people about writing, so please feel free to get in touch any time: judybudreau AT gmail.com
WRITING WORKSHOPS: I regularly teach interactive workshops about writing life stories in places like community education, libraries, artists’ and writers’ groups, genealogy conferences, retreat centers, senior communities and professional organizations. Artists and Art Organizations: I’ve developed a workshop on writing an artist statement — I’d love to talk with you about it.
We do fast and fun writing exercises, and I show you how to expand these to tell the stories you want to tell. You’ll learn how to organize material, how to write about photos or treasured objects, and how to decide when a story is done. Most people complete at least one small writing project in each session, and everyone leaves with a handout for ideas to continue on your own.
Here’s what people say about my writing workshops: “Thank you for presenting! Your workshop received excellent ratings from our members. Thank you for making the conference a success!” – education chair, regional conference
“I especially liked the discussion on writer’s block and perfectionism — and about writing what you DON’T know.”
“I loved the exercises and the conversation and how it put me in touch with my emotions behind my stories. Thank you! It was perfect.”
“I liked seeing your gift for writing and your joy. Great day!”
“I nodded my head all morning because I’m with people like me. You gave me concrete exercises that gave me two big Ah-Hahs today, and gave me hope of writing more.”
“I really enjoyed your writing workshop at the North Star genealogy conference. It was well designed – informative, fun and fast paced. Plus effective — I came away motivated to write my own family histories. Thank you.”
“It was a wonderful time of inspiration and teaching – hope to have you back soon!”
– retreat center director
“It is my impression that we all left with our life enhanced – either by opening the door to writing a bit wider, getting a question answered, or something else! It was a wonderful morning and very inspiring.” – facilitator of a writing group
I generally charge $400 for a half-day workshop for 6-12 people, with supplies and handouts included (also includes my travel in and around the Twin Cities.) But I’m flexible — please let me know what you’re looking for and let’s work together to plan it!
I’d love to talk with you about your writing needs. Please email me at judybudreau AT gmail.com