Janine Gilbert

The Deliberate Life: Writing Your Own Story

Class synopsis:
When Henry David Thoreau went into the woods, he said he did so “because I wished to live deliberately…and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” We all have hopes and aspirations for our lives, but much of what happens to us is out of our control. How can we—in whatever our circumstances—live the deliberate life? Drawing on Latter-Day counsel, we will explore how we can live deliberately—giving time to what matters most and tapping into the power of choosing our life—writing our own story.

Janine Gilbert has a B.A. in Film from Brigham Young University and an M.A. in English from Idaho State University.  She is perhaps best known for writing the screenplay for Charly, for which she garnered the Association of Mormon Letters award for best film adaptation in 2003.

Janine currently lives in Rexburg,Idaho, with her husband, two children, two dogs, three cats, a lizard, and an assortment of fish. She served a mission in Honduras and Chile and enjoys reading, being outdoors, and watching movies. In an ideal world, she would live in a cabin in the woods with a movie theater. Currently, she teaches writing at BYU-Idaho.