Upcoming Classes & Retreats

Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir

Monthly drop-in classes focus on different aspects of writing spiritual memoir:  themes that commonly arise, craft techniques, challenges and joys of the writing process, and practices for opening our work to the Spirit’s movement.  Sessions include writing exercises, examples from leading and emerging writers, lecture, and small group conversation.  Because they are meant to support individual writers and writing groups in the ever-deepening practice of writing spiritual memoir, these sessions will include time for participants’ questions.

December 8: The World Boiled Down to a Drop.  Zora Neale Hurston wrote of one character,“She was the world and the heavens boiled down to a drop.”  We’ll explore the holographic nature of memoir:  Our small stories contain big truths. How can we reconstitute memories on the page so they hold both the vast universe and our beloved particulars?

Cost: $150.00 for the series; $30.00 for single session

Register: Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality

Second Fridays | 1:30-3:30 p.m.


Alone Together: Living Revision
Writing retreat at the Madeline Island School of the Arts.

In the messy middle of a project, writers need three things:  tools for getting perspective, support from peers, and time to write.  This retreat for creative prose writers offers all three—as well as a beautiful, focused space.

Each day we’ll spend 2 ½ hours together learning a life-giving relationship to revision and using exercises to gain clarity and direction for our projects.  We’ll have a chance to connect informally with other serious writers during lunches and small-group conversations.  Participants can choose to meet one-on-one with Elizabeth regarding up to 40 pages of their project.  The bulk of our days will be given to independent writing.

This intensive is for writers of creative prose (fiction and creative nonfiction—that is, memoir, personal essay, travel writing, nature writing, and literary journalism) who are experienced with long stretches of solitary writing time.  If you’re uncertain whether your project qualifies as creative prose, please contact Elizabeth.  Participants must have experience in creative writing classes, have already learned the basics of creating scenes and developing characters (showing vs. telling), have some experience giving and receiving feedback, and be committed to moving their project through multiple revisions.

When: September 24-28, 2018
Register: Alone Together: Revision Revolution