Welcome to the Center for Autobiographic Studies (CAS) website. CAS is a not-for-profit educational organization since 1997, dedicated to promoting the knowledge, appreciation, creation and preservation of autobiographic works. These works may be written for self-understanding, for preserving family and cultural history, or for pooling wisdom gained from diverse individuals’ life experiences.
Here, you will find updates about the most current happenings at CAS and you will find helpful information about writing and/or publishing your autobiographic writing. We thank you for your interest and welcome your comments and participation.
I asked Wendy Judith Cutler and Ahava Shiva to do a guest blog about how they came collectively to write their recently published book Writing Alone Together. Used in conjunction with my book The New Diary on the content and process of contemporary journaling on your own, Writing Alone Together provides superb information on the benefits and best practices for journaling in a group, sharing and growing in ways beyond private diary writing. Tristine Rainer, Ph.D.
GUEST BLOG: Our Transformation from a Journalling Circle to Creating a Book (Wendy and Ahava Writes)
We had been meeting for about two years. It just began to be clear to us, at that point, that we were not just journalling together but were embarking upon a larger project. I suppose we each dreamed into this new phase and it just felt right to us. We continued to journal together but, as we decided to type up some of our entries, we realised that this was not only for ourselves but we sensed it could be inspiration to others, as well. And then the momentum shifted and we began to bring together aspects from some of our individual work and formulating ideas together which became our “Four Practices” and then “Seven Principles.”
I had been teaching writing, literature and women’s studies for many years, as well as facilitating … Read the rest