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  • SubGenre:Environmentalists & Naturalists
  • Language:English
  • Pages:126
  • eBook ISBN:9781734757156
  • Paperback ISBN:9781732841499

Purposeful Memoir as a Quest for a Thriving Future

Inspiration for Writers and Seekers

by Jennifer Browdy, PhD

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Gold Award, 2022 Nautilus Book Awards!

Gold Award, 2022 Independent Press Awards!

A book like no other! Award-winning author Jennifer Browdy, PhD, creates a magical tapestry of inspiration and exploration, weaving her own story together with the inspiring voices and visions of more than 15 of the writer-activists she calls "worldwrights"—writers who write to right the world, including such beloved mentors as Joy Harjo, Audre Lorde, Jane Goodall, Terry Tempest Williams and many more.

Jennifer and the worldwrights invite you on a series of eight Quests, centered around positive qualities that we need more of in life: Clarity, Courage, Vitality, Guidance, Love, Community, Joy and Freedom. Each Quest opens a path for you to explore your life experience through a series of stimulating writing prompts designed to catalyze your memories and imagination, complemented by Jennifer's stunning photos of the natural beauty of Nova Scotia.


A work of radical generosity, Jennifer Browdy’s Purposeful Memoir as Quest for a Thriving Future is a balm for us all in these troubled times. This visionary guide to writing and being is food for the spirit, demonstrating how through channeling the creative mind we can be our best selves and act now to heal our ailing planet. An impassioned, eloquent work of heart, soul and graceful erudition by a writer of genius.

                           --Carol Bruneau, author of Brighten the Corner Where You Are: A novel inspired

                        by the life of Maud Lewis


Jennifer Browdy offers us an overflowing cornucopia of prompts, images and questions, designed to take you into your great storehouse of memories. Pick one and follow its thread into the deep spaces of your inner landscape. It will lead you to your very heart center, and there you will discover your life purpose, your essential values, and the abiding energy you will need to bring it all into your world. It is the path of healing, gloriously reflected in her stunning photographs—healing yourself, your community and the world.

            --Penny Gill, author of What in the World is Going On? Wisdom Teachings for Our Time


Exciting and inviting, this deceptively small book will provide lifetimes of revelation for anyone who follows the writing prompts in depth....Jennifer Browdy has a great talent for making sure we don’t wallow in past troubles, but instead use those learning experiences as springboards: seeing them in a new light will help us make a useful contribution to a world much in need of our encouragement.

Also a superb photographer, Jennifer has included stunning images that capture each Quest theme beautifully. And the stories of many inspiring poets and activists (as she has titled them, Worldwrights) offer us powerful examples to follow in seeking to make our own lights shine. 

            --Janet Maybee, author of Aftershock: The Halifax Explosion and the Persecution of Pilot

            Francis Mackey


About the author

Jennifer Browdy, PhD, is a professor of comparative literature, writing and media arts at Bard College/Simon's Rock, and the global Bard Open Society University Network.

Passionate about using the arts to spark social justice and a deeper connection of humans to the natural world, Jennifer's purposeful memoir workshops encourage participants to develop their own potential as worldwrights, writing to right the world and create a thriving future for us all.

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