The Lyric Essay – Join Laurie Wagner and Sonya Lea on Whidbey Island WA
Thursday, September 5 – Sunday, September 8, 2019

Please join me and my very dear friend, Sonya Lea, for a beautiful, restorative, nature filled weekend of writing and storytelling on Whidbey Island, WA.

During this long weekend retreat we’ll focus on the lyric essay, the beautiful wild child of personal essay meets poetry meets your playlist. Inside the lyric essay there’s room for mythology, reflection, repetition, multiple perspectives, sensory details, music, and mathematical formulas. The lyric form has room for all the vocabularies of your particular experience. Imagine telling the story of your first love through the wisdom of Tarot cards. Consider telling a tale about an injustice using only the dialogue of strangers. What if you wrote the story of loss through the letters of the alphabet?

Wild Writing, Calm Mind – with Laurie Wagner & James Hopkins
Kathmandu Valley, October 27 – November 6, 2019

Friends, I invite you to join me in exploring the chaotic, crackling beauty of Nepal this coming October & November. During our 10-day journey through the sacred mandala of the Kathmandu Valley we will collect and write what I call “Story Slices”- intimate 200-600 word sketches which, combined with a single photographic image, will encapsulate the beauty and energy of this Himalayan realm.

The Unforgettable Deena Metzger [Workshop Full]
Alameda CA, December 6 – December 8, 2019

A poet, novelist, essayist, storyteller and medicine woman who has taught and counseled for over forty years, Deena has spent a lifetime investigating Story as a form of knowing and healing. As a writer, she asks: Who do we have to become to find the forms and sacred language with which to meet these times?

Join us in welcoming back writer, teacher and healer, Deena Metzger.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – with Laurie Wagner & Andrea Scher
January 5-10, 2020 or March 15-20, 2020

My dear friend Andrea Scher and I are taking a small group of creative folks to San Miguel this January and March 2020 (January 5th-10th, 2020 and March 15th-20th, 2020) We will be exploring, writing, storytelling, taking lots of photos and having one of the most creative and delicious adventures we’ve ever had!

Our days will be a perfect blend of Wild Writing, creative photography exercises, storytelling and exploring this magical city together. We’ll learn from local artisans, take a food tour of the city (total foodie paradise!), take photo walks during the magic hour and wander the town square where celebration fills the streets at night. We would love to have you join us!


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