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Building Your Resilience Toolkit

Featuring Jennie Shortridge, Author, Co-Founder of Seattle7Writers, Mental Health Advocate, and Musician    

When: April 14, 2016  -  7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.   (Get Breakfast Pricing)  

Where:  Women's University Club   (Get Location Details)

As a child, Jennie Shortridge escaped into reading books to help her manage a complex life with a mentally ill mother. Reading helped her understand the human condition, and her favorite stories explored what most people didn’t talk about: imperfections and differences. Well-drawn characters like Huck Finn, Scout Finch, and Celie of The Color Purple taught her lessons in how to survive life’s curve balls. They were her early examples of resilience.

In her own beautiful stories, Jennie studies the universal life experience through her personal lens. She explores the struggles that many face, but few talk about. In doing this, she builds a community of readers connected by the thread of shared experience brought to light. Her characters become their own champions and ultimately, we can see how to triumph through adversity in life experiences big and small.

Through this process, Jennie has found an understanding of her own voice, and her own challenges, whether at work or in supporting her own mental health as a person who lives with PTSD and generalized anxiety disorder. She nurtures a deep resiliency in part through honoring her specific needs, and by building communities of colleagues, friends and family, and professional helpers when needed. These communities are places of learning, support, healing and caring, allowing her to bloom fully in her life and find success and satisfaction doing what she loves—writing.

Join us for breakfast on April 14, as Jennie shares the essential elements and tools she’s employed to build internal resilience and fortitude through adversity. Her experiences will highlight the healing and peace that can happen when we develop the courage to share our vulnerabilities and differences, which is how we build stronger selves and fortify our communities.

Jennie Shortridge is the acclaimed author of five bestselling novels, including Love Water Memory and When She Flew. Her books have been translated into several languages, optioned for film, and selected as American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next picks, Target Bookmarked picks, and Library Journal’s Editors’ Picks.

An avid volunteer, she is the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of Northwest authors who raise money and awareness for literature and literacy. She is also a founding member of The Stability Network, a nonprofit mental health advocacy organization of leaders with mental health conditions who fight stigma by sharing their own stories. Jennie also sits on several advisory boards, including the Bureau for Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle), Pongo Teen Writing (a group that works with at risk children), and Seattle Arts and Lectures. (This is why her next book is taking so long to write.)

She lives in Queen Anne with her Australian husband, who works in Canada, and is originally from Denver. Go Broncos.



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