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Fierce on The Page by Sage Cohen

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From Breakdown to Breakthrough

“Only one thing made him happy / and now that it was gone, / everything made him happy.” —Leonard Cohen

I was about to start writing a memoir. I felt like I’d been circling the landing strip of this story for years but hadn’t yet figured out how to align the machinery of my craft within the double-yellow lines of a meaningful narrative.   

I signed up for a live storytelling class to shake things up inside of me. The terms of this class were to show up with an idea and, in the company of fellow class members, to spend six weeks talking it through and teasing it out into a meaningful and complete six-minute story. You couldn’t write any of it down, ever. You simply practiced, experimented, got feedback, and refined. ...

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