Events

“The soul lies buried in the ink that writes.”

-John Clare, 19th century English poet

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You will note there are fewer program offerings in 2015. Edna has done this by design in order to customize programs for those who request them.


A partial list of programs (brief and day-long) offered through Words That Endure®:

2015

Saturday, May 8, 9 am – 4 pm, Writing Your Legacy Letter. Open to the public. To be held at a north Naperville location. For more information or a flyer, contact Edna at 630-204-1650 or at edna@wordsthatendure.com. Pre-registration required, early bird discount.

Tuesdays, January 27 – February 3, Your Life, Your Words, Your Pen, a 5-week guided series for those who have had prior writing experience with Edna. To be held at a north Naperville location. For more information or a flyer, contact Edna at 630-204-1650, or at edna@wordsthatendure.com. Pre-registration required, early bird discount.

Sunday, January 25, 2 – 3 pm, Your Life, Your Words, Your Pen. To be held at North Shore Unitarian Church, Deerfield IL.

2014

Thursday, November 6, 1 – 2 pm. Writing the Legacy of Holiday Traditions. To be held at Mayslake Village, Oak Brook. For residents only.

Monday, October 27, 7 – 9 pm. The Story of Your Name. To be held at The Well Spirituality Center, 1515 W. Ogden, LaGrange. Open to the public. Fee: $20. To register, www.csjthewell.org or 708–482–5048. Please register at least one week in advance.

Saturday, October 18. Writing Your Legacy Letter: Sharing your Heritage, Values and Blessings with Those You Love. A reflective, participative writing workshop open to all; you can expect an enjoyable, meaningful experience. To be held at a north Naperville location. For a flyer and full information, contact Edna at 630–204–1650 or edna@wordsthatendure.com..  Pre-registration required; early bird discount for paid registrations postmarked by October 4.

Wednesday, October 1, 5 – 7:30 pm, Write a Holiday Blessing to Your Family. To be held at Visiting Angels of South Elgin, 65 Woodbury St., South Elgin. Sponsored by Visiting Angels of South Elgin and the South Elgin Park District. Fee: $5. To register or for more information, contact Re Kielar at 847–429–0100 or rkielar@visitingangels.com.

Tuesdays, September 30 – November 4, 2 – 4 pm. Your Life, Your Words, Your Pen:  Autobiography for Experienced Writers, a 6-week series for those who have had prior writing experience with Edna. To be held at north Naperville location. For a flyer and further information, contact Edna at 630–204–1650 or edna@wordsthatendure.com.  Pre-registration required; early bird discount for paid registrations postmarked by September 16.

Friday, June 6, 9:30 – 12:30. Experienced Writers Half-Day Workshop. To be held at north Naperville location. For flyer and further information, contact Edna at 630–204–1650 or edna@wordsthatendure.com.

Thursday evening June 5, 7 – 9 pm. An Introduction to the Ethical Will. Open to the public, north side of Naperville near I-88. For further information, including fee, contact edna@wordsthatendure.com. Pre-registration required by June 2.

Thursday, April 10, 9 – 10 am. Four-Letter Words to Live By, Kane County Senior Resources.

March 5 – 6. Edna presents two out-of-state seminars for financial advisors and their clients at an investment firm: Wealthy in Wisdom: An Introduction to the Ethical Will.

Winter Woman Spirit Conference February 7 – 9: Wisdom for the Journey: A Week-end With Sue Monk Kidd. Edna presents “The Wise Woman Writes a Blessing” as an afternoon workshop. North Naperville location. For detailed information and to register, go to www.regonline/com2014.

6 consecutive Thursday mornings, beginning January 23, 9:30 – 11:30 AM: Guided Autobiography: Your Life, Your Words, Your Pen. Open to the public, north Naperville location. For a detailed description of content, structure, exact location and fee, contact edna@wordsthatendure.com. Pre-registration required. Early bird discount for paid registrations postmarked by January 4, 2014.

3 Sunday afternoons, beginning January 12, 2014: Having the Last Word: The Importance—and Yes, the Pleasure!—of Writing Your Own Obituary

2013

December 11, 5:30 – 730 PM. Workshop presented by Visiting Angels of South Elgin, IL. “Writing A Holiday Blessing.” $15. To register, contact Stroschein Law Group, 2455 Dean St., St. Charles, IL 60175, 630 – 377 – 3421.

November 21, 7 AM. Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast, Montgomery, IL. Program: “Writing an Ethical Will.”

6 consecutive Thursday mornings starting October 3, 9:30 – 11:30 AM: Guided Autobiography II: Writing the Sacred Journey. This class is designed to be an exploration of spiritual themes surfaced in GAB I, and is for those who have been in GAB I or had other experiences with Edna, or contemplative writing in another setting. Held in north Naperville. For flyer with description of workshop,exact location, fee and information on how to register, contact edna@wordsthatendure.com or call 630 – 204 – 1650. Pre-registration is required. Early bird discount for paid registration postmarked by September 21.

Friday August 23: Aurora Township SCSC: Writing Your Legacy Letter.

Saturday July 13: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (check-in and refreshments 8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.). “Writing Your Legacy Letter: Sharing Your Heritage, Values and Blessing with Those You Love.” A reflective, participative writing workshop. Location: North Naperville. For flyer with full description of workshop, location, fee and how to register, contact edna@wordsthatendure.com or 630 – 204 – 1650. You can expect to have an enjoyable, meaningful time! Early bird discount applies for those whose paid registration is postmarked by June 29.

6 consecutive Thursday mornings starting January 31, 9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m: Guided Autobiography: Your Life, Your Words, Your Pen (open to the public) north Naperville location. For a detailed description of class content, structure, exact location and fee, contact edna@wordsthatendure.com. Seating is limited. Pre-registration required. In mid-March, 4 additional meetings were scheduled by participants’ request.

January 26, 8:30 a.m. – noon, presented by American Association of University Women, Naperville area branch at Celebration Community Life Center, 919 S. Washington St., Naperville.
Women’s Winter Workshop: Writing Your Legacy Letter offered by Edna C. Groves, M.S.
Fee: $20. includes continental breakfast and workshop materials. RSVP by January 7.
Send check payable to AAUW Naperville Area to: Sue Topp, 726 S. Sleight St., Naperville, IL 60540

Saturday, January 19, 9:30 a.m. – noon, followed by five Monday nights, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. from January 28 – March 4 (no meeting February 11): Your Life, Your Words, Your Pen (open to the public). Held at Congregation of St. Joseph, LaGrange. To register: www.csjthewell.org. For more information about content, edna@wordsthatendure.com. In early March, 4 additional meetings were scheduled by participants’ request.

January 16, Naperville Business Exchange morning program, Your Life is Your Legacy.

 

2012

December 18: Oswego Senior Center: Reclaiming Your Own Life, a program for caregivers

December 6: (no cost, open to the public) A Gift for Those You Love: Learning to Write a Blessing. Location: north Naperville near I-88

October 8 – November 12, 2012: 5-session series, Naperville location (private)
Your Life, Your Legacy: Writing Your Legacy Letter

September 25 – October 30, 2012: 6-week series, Naperville location (open to the public)
Guided Autobiography: Your Life, Your Words, Your Pen

July 17: Radio WRMN interview by Steve Thoren: Writing Your Legacy Letter

July 1 – 7: Midwest Unitarian-Universalist Summer Assembly. 5-part Series:
Words That Endure: Writing Your Legacy Letter

April 21: Older Women’s League: Words That Endure: Where in the World Are You Coming From?

April 3: AARP Chapter Meeting: Your Life, Your Legacy

March 14: Holley Court, Oak Park: Words That Endure: Four-Letter Words to Live By

January 26 – February 23: Mayslake Village, 3-part Series, Your Life, Your Legacy

 

PRIOR TO 2012

Kane County Senior Resources: The Measure of our Days (a program on wisdom)

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church: The Long Story: Threads of Your Heritage

Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest: Your Life, Your Legacy

DuPage Unitarian-Universalist Church Sermon: Four-letter Words to Live By

Antioch College Reunion: Your Life, Your Story

Writing Your Ethical Will (several presentations, including one for the American Heart Association)

Naperville Woman’s Club: The Story of Your Name

Private group: The Gift of Wisdom: Writing Your Mother’s Day Legacy

Unitarian-Universalist Church of Tucson, AZ: Writing Your Ethical Will

St. Francis United Methodist Church, Tucson, AZ: Mining Wisdom’s Gold:
Discovering and Writing Your Legacy Letter

Boise Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship: Writing Your Ethical Will

Unitarian-Universalist Northwest Annual General Meeting: Writing Your Ethical Will

Private group in Bend, OR: Mining for Gold: Exploring our Life Journey

Private group in Tucson, AZ: (one-day workshops on Legacy-Writing, three different occasions)

Private group: I Dwell in Possibility

Private group: Letting Loose Our Light

Heartland Grandmothers Council: Our Work in the World: A Workshop on Calling

Arizona Council of Grandmothers: 4-Letter Words: Let Your Pen Sing!

Congregation Beth Shalom: Writing Your Ethical Will: Values We Live By

Congregation Etz Chaim: Writing Your Ethical Will

Senior Expo: Words That Endure: 4-Letter Words to Live By

Senior Expo: Master of Ceremonies for The Writing Challenge

First Annual Sage-ing® Conference: Presenter, The Long Thread of Story