Making Stories from Life

Feb. 7, 8, 9 2014 (4 PM Friday Sunday 3 PM)
Feb 6,7,8 2015
Feb. 7, 8, 9 2016
3 Day Workshop with Judith Black in Marblehead MA

We are a human family. Our experiences, fleshed out, understood, and reshaped for the hearts and minds of others, serves to create a template for that family to join around. Shaping stories from your life is in many ways like re-authoring your own experiences. We often dig little trenches out of parts of our lives, telling and retelling an experience that we find, humorous or wounding. The work of our time together will be to dislodge the experience from the trench, explore it through new eyes, and recreate a tale that speaks to a broader population.

This work will be useful to therapists, social workers, writers and tellers of all stripes who want to mine their own lives for stories that will resonate with a broader audience.
Our work will include:

-Finding a person, place, or specific experience that continues to resonate in your life.
-Exploring it through many modalities, from peer interviews, to visualization, to collage techniques.
-Working on re-authoring the experience through many vantage points.
-Sharing tales in small groups

Friday 4 PM-Sunday 3 PM (with breaks for food, sleep, and fun)

B&B info. available upon request

Cost $350 (includes including Friday dinner and endless snacks..........yes, i love to cook) The workshop is limited to 8 people.

For more info: or call 781-631-4417 To reserve a space send a deposit of $75 through paypal or to: Judith Black 33 Prospect St. Marblehead, MA 01945

Workshop Leader: Judith Black has been shaping and telling tales for over 30 years. Winner of the Oracle, Circle of Excellence, her stories spawn from living have addressed topics as diverse as the traumas of dating, surviving child rearing, aging with and without grace, and dying with Alzheimer's. You can view a short story, and winner of the MASSMOUTH big 2010 MouthOff at

This past February, 8 wonderful humans came to Marblehead and dedicated a weekend of their lives to exploring and creating stories born of their experiences. Here is what they have to say about the experience:

“We saw our skills and understanding develop over just one weekend in which we learned how to find and shape our own stories. I appreciate your grounded inspiration, your ability to help us find what was in us and to show us how to birth it. The shared humility before the grandeur of stories was precious to me.”

--Roberta Russell, Ph.D., LICSW

“Trust and risk and a damn good teacher pulls the best out of me. To get your story up and running you can work on it by yourself for a decade or take a weekend with Judith Black. Yeah, she’s that good. What Michaelangelo did with marble, Judith Black does with words.”

-Tony Toledo Boff,

“My heart is full.”
-Gwen Rosemond
--Administrator, Salem State University

“You are a gem, every moment of the two and half day workshop was presented with enthusiasm, passion and compassion. It is Monday morning and I feel like a part of me was on vacation while other parts were living for themselves, for once! My heart, my spirit, my creativity and my desire to find out what else is out there for me are all satiated by the experience.”

-Susan Fader
--Business Owner, artist and author

“I have known Judith Black to be an amazing story teller, but had never realized what a great teacher she is. Having completed Stories From Life, I am ready to not only to continue working on the story I created at this intensive weekend but to begin creating more. I highly recommend this weekend workshop for anyone wanting to create their own stories.”

-Susan Raskin Abrams,
--Maggid and former Children's Libraria