GWG Reading, Payot Rive Gauche 2015

Geneva Writers Conference 2014

GWG Workshop, May 2014

GWG Celebration, Sept. 2014

Alice Baudet's drawing of the Geneva Writers Conference

Coming Events

Coming events:
March 11-12, Spiritual Writing Retreat, Chateau de Bossey, CH

April 15, Lyrical Prose and Prose Poetry, Geneva Writers Group, CH

April 28, Paths to Wellbeing, CG Jung Society of Washington DC

April 29, Writing Effective Memoir, Writers Center, Bethesda, MD

May 2, Paths to Wellbeing (lecture), CG Jung Foundation, NYC, NY

May 5, Paths to Wellbeing, CG Jung Institute, Boston, MA

May 6, From Journaling to Memoir, International Women's Writing Guild, Boston, MA

May 11, Writing Effective Memoir, Hudson Valley Writers Center, NY

June 10, Writing Dialogue, Geneva Writers Group, CH

July 6-13, Writing toward Wholeness, IWWG, Muhlenberg College, PA


Workshop Descriptions

Writing Your Love Stories
What makes a good, true love story? The setting and characters, the action and dialogue, the prose. And till more important, the narrative arc. Whether if be flash nonfiction, essay, short or long memoir, there needs to be a journey to the epiphany. We will look at examples of contemporary love stories and shape a memory into a page of your love story.

Writing toward Wholeness: Putting the Pieces Together
We will first look at the concept of 'wholeness' from Plato to C.G. Jung. How do we answer the longing for wholeness in ourselves and in our writing? We will look at examples from contemporary authors in all genres. Through fresh writing, we will look to bring the pieces together, within ourselves and within our writing.

Writing the Personal Essay
There is a growing need to make sense of our lives, hence our thirst for stories of real life, for authenticity. In writing personal essays, the writer explores a life experience and tries to make meaning out of it. In this workshop, we will look at how to craft our real life stories with attention to both narrative elements and poetic elements. We will read excerpts from contemporary writers, and we will write our own short pieces of creative nonfiction--practicing the skills of story teller, poet, and commentator.

Short Shorts and Flash Fiction
Sudden fiction presents a whole world in a few paragraphs or pages. It contains all the elements of the short story, plus the element of surprise. We will read examples of Short Shorts (800 to 2000 words) and Flash Fiction (under 800 words), studying how they work. And we will write our own very short stories, remembering that they are tiny kingdoms all by themselves.

The Zen of Writing
Zen aims at direct seeing. It is a way of living, moment after moment, with beginner's mind. We will look at the history of Zen, excerpts from Zen masters, and counsel from Natalie Goldberg, "Being a writer is a whole way of life, a way of seeing, thinking, being."
We will practice clear seeing and clear writing.

From Journal to Memoir
Journal writing and memoir are both voyages in self-discovery. The writer explores a subject to discover a self and a world. The journal captures memories, deepens awareness, and plans seeds for stories. The memoir, short or long, is the fruit of jounaling. In writing true life stories, the writer discovers, and contributes to, our shared humanity. In this workshop we will look at contemporary examples of journal writing and memoir. From a journal entry, you will write a short piece of memoir.

Keeping Our Own Red Books: Writing to the Soul
"I should advise you to put it all down as beautifully as you can..." C.G.Jung, 1926
In this workshop, after a short introduction to The Red Book, we will look at a few of the dialogues that C.G.Jung had with his soul. We will imagine encountering the soul, describing the setting, looking for images, and writing dialogues. We will examine excerpts from contemporary authors about how they experience the soul. And following the advice of Jung, you will craft short pieces of writing, fragments to be copied into your own red books.

Memoir, A Window into Your Life
Memoir is not autobiography, but a selected facet of a life. By choosing the focus, you open a window into your life. What window are you opening? What is its frame? What parts will you include, and not include? Working with these questions, with examples of contemporary memoirs and guided exercises, you will move forward o n a memoir already started or you will start a new one.

Memoir and Metaphor
Metaphor lets us bring our life experiences into clearer focus. In this workshop we will look at how metaphor has been used in literature and in the specific genre of memoir, reading exerpts from contemporary authors, to see how they use metaphor to illuminate their work. There will be guided writing exercises, including a short piece of memoir.

Seeing Beauty with Words
We will let beauty lead us to a deeper understanding of ourselves and of our place in the world. In contemplating beauty we are drawn inwards as if in a labyrinth. We will discover stillness and then return to the world around us with words to both celebrate and protect its daily beauty.

Making Mosaics of Our Lives
We will look for living images in our dreams, memories, surroundings. Then for the patterns linking them together. We will dialogue with the images and shape them into journal entries, essays, stories, or poems, creating mosaics of our lives.

Writing from Darkness
We will take a few steps along the path of those who have written from darkness, reading exerpts from Hildegard of Bingen, St. John of the Cross, and Ettie Hillesum. Then we will look at how C.G. Jung wrote from darkess in the Red Book. We will see how we can write from our own night.

Writing the Way Home
We will start with a brief introduction to Hestia (Vesta), the keeper of the hearth, with reflections on the longing for home in our fragmented world. We will read excerpts from contemporary authors (Orhan Pamuk, Barbara Kingsolver, Terry Tempest Williams), seeing how they find images that lead them homeward. We will look for our own images and write about them, shaping the pieces into mosaic-like memoirs.

2013 Workshops


May 25 From Journal to Story (all genres), Geneva Press Club

May 28 Publishing the Story, Wolfson College, Oxford University


April 26 Zen and CG Jung, Jung Society, Washington DC

April 27 Poetic Prose, Prose Poetry, Bethesda Writer's Center, MD

April 29 From Journal to Memoir, Hudson Valley Writers' Center, NY

May 2 Zen and CG Jung, Jung Institute, Newton, MA

May 3-5 From Journal and Blog to Memoir, Muse and the Marketplace, Boston, MA

May 7 Zen and CG Jung, Jung Foundation, NYC, NY

Selected Works

Memoirs and Reference Titles
Tiberghien weaves together essays, poems, photographs and family recipes to write a love story that bridges the ocean. "A poetic memoir evoking a life fully lived and closely observed" Peter Meinke
A memoir of a 60 year love affair and almost that many years marriage, where the author relates and relives especially the good moments, encouraging the reader to do the same.
An innovative portable workshop to give readers a solid foundation for their writing careers and to lead them to a writing life.
Relates an experience that belongs to everyone – of tapping the depths of the unconscious.
A spiritual memoir and an introduction to the way of silent prayer.
Personal Essays