Judith Hougen is an award-winning writer who has taught creative writing at University of Northwestern–St. Paul for over 25 years. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and has published two books: The Second Thing I Remember (poetry) and Transformed Into Fire: Discovering Your True Identity As God's Beloved (Christian living). She is the Director of the Cities Arts Collective, which seeks to nurture spiritual and artistic formation for artists of all kinds, and is the host of the Cities Arts Podcast. She loves leading workshops and retreats on writing, soul care, and spiritual life.
Writing Personal Stories: Getting to the Heart of Narrative
Stories matter. We are hard-wired for them, we are drawn to them, and they have the potential to make our writing powerful and compelling. Whether you want to write creative non-fiction pieces or memoir or simply craft effective anecdotes from your life in your prose, this workshop will provide tips and advice for budding or advanced writers, including the arc of the narrative, evocative detail, and tension. In addition, the workshop will touch upon the spiritual journey of sharing ourselves in writing and how to do so with honesty and integrity.
In order to make the most of your 1:1 appointment, we recommend that you carefully review the faculty members' areas of expertise, needs, and requests to identify those best suited for your goals as a writer.
Area of expertise: Fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir/personal stories, spiritual living