Nan Phifer

Nan Phifer, author of Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing Guide, serves as an associate director for the Oregon Writing Project at the University of Oregon and presents workshops for writers' groups, libraries, religious and contemplative organizations, continuing education programs, and retreat and renewal organizations. Her interest in American Literature and her Master of Liberal Arts studies at The Johns Hopkins University contributed background for her present work. Her workshops range from monthly sessions in Indianapolis where she co-guided pastors in writing to explore their vocational dedication, to a retreat in the Rocky Mountains, to nation-wide, on-line teaching for Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. At The Church of the Epiphany in Washington, DC, she led participants in writing to design sacred space, and on the West Coast she guided writers in exploring wilderness without, and within, themselves. Currently, she designs a series of interfaith writing workshops.

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