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BITCHCONOCLAST, a mother-daughter conversation around sex, feminism and power.

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One listener says, "I am really enjoying hearing various, thoughtful, and strong female perspectives. It’s something that I crave, but that is hard to come by... that’s why podcasts are so great. Tons of ideas come out of these talks— I feel like we are around the fire sharing important wisdom—things that float around but go unsaid—I’m so grateful that they are being said—because as a younger member of the community, I can build on that foundation, listen in the quiet for the next story that I, we need to hear."

RETREATS

Retreat In The City

Seattle, Washington, February 24 -25 & March 24-25, 2018

Can't make it to the wild? Tired of competitive retreat centers? How about designing your own writing retreat in the city? Disconnect from social media, family responsibilities, and anything else that keeps you from your writing. Join me in a class designed to break through barriers to completing your book. This weekend includes prompts, group discussion, private mentoring and time to complete a chapter or an essay. We'll offer silence, and mutual support in a setting designed to generate material.

February 24 & 25, 2018 | Full Days | Hugo House | All Levels | Register Here |

March 24 & 25, 2018 | Half Days | Hugo House | All Levels | Register Here

 

ALDERMARSH WRITING RETREAT

Whidbey Island, Washington, March 1 – 4, 2018

Four days among the owls and the alders with a dozen writers and no technology. Together we will explore the liminal, witness each other’s stories, and live in community.

Sonya Lea leads you in writing exercises designed to leave behind pretence. We will write honestly and directly in a safe setting oriented to your emergence. We will work in whatever form you’re working—fiction or nonfiction—and we’ll focus on a variety of forms and point of view through a series of exercises. This program includes reading work by master writers, and developing craft skills. A few reading assignments will be given in advance of the class.

Featuring:
• Nourishing organic meals
• Japanese soaking tub
• Outdoor shower (indoor tub & shower too!)
• Cordwood sauna
• Acres of wetlands to roam
• Shared bedrooms, kitchen, and deck in Marsh House

We welcome writers at all stages. Some writers come with manuscripts well underway. Others may have a notion of a piece. This retreat is intimate, and our focus is entirely on your work. There will be times for silence on this retreat.

$750 pp - $800 sliding scale

$100 deposit
Remainder due by February 1, 2018
After February 1st, non-refundable.

 

WILD WRITING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES!

Banff, Alberta, Canada, June 21 - 24, 2018

How do we author our story as we're living it? How do we restore ourselves in these chaotic times? What stories are trying to emerge? There’s nowhere more spectacular than Canada’s first national park to inquire about the essential questions of your work. Join us on the longest day of the year, in magnificent mountain light, where near Summer Solstice we’ll experience nearly seventeen hours of daylight.

$500 per writer includes workshop and daily lunch | Contact me for recommendations for hotels, lodges & hostels now!

Inquire about Wild Writing In The Canadian Rockies in October 2018.

 

Moraine Lake near our home in Banff.

Moraine Lake near our home in Banff.

COURSES

NEW! E-Courses

Liminal Writing with Lidia Yuknavitch's Corporeal Writing | Registration open in 2018 | In February, I'll join Lidia Yuknavitch and her community, Corporeal Writing, to offer a one-month online workshop. They'll be posting details in the new year, and you can sign up on their web site.

52 Weeks of Prompts | Every week starting January 1st| Registration open now! | You'll receive an email from me with a prompt to keep your writing moving forward. It's a bargain at $52 and makes a terrific holiday gift for those people who have always wanted to get their writing moving. Contact me for details.

Retreat In The City

February 24 & 25, 2018 | Full Days | Hugo House | All Levels | Register Here | Can't make it to the wild? Tired of competitive retreat centers? How about designing your own writing retreat in the city? Disconnect from social media, family responsibilities, and anything else that keeps you from your writing. Join me in a class designed to break through barriers to completing your book. This weekend includes prompts, group discussion, private mentoring and time to complete a chapter or an essay. We'll offer silence, and mutual support in a setting designed to generate material.

March 24 & 25, 2018 | Half Days | Hugo House | All Levels | Register Here

MENTORING

Private Consultation | $100/hour

Book Proposal Development | Three to five meetings with assignments | Includes education, research assistance, notes on each section, recommendations.| $100/hour

Manuscript Consultation | I read your manuscript and observe the work as a whole. Our focus together is on your story's perspective, narrative style, characterization, dialogue, language and style, and/or any other areas that call for attention. I help you preserve your voice and vision| $50/hour for reading, and $100/hour for meeting.


SPECIAL PROJECTS

Red Badge Project's Writing for Women Veterans
Ongoing Six-Week Course
Thursdays 11am-1pm

Federal Way Veteran Center
32020 32nd Ave S #110, Federal Way, WA 98001
(253) 838-3090

These courses are for active-duty women service members and women veterans. They're for anyone who would like to be with an intimate and private group focused on writing about trauma and life experiences. You do not have to know anything about writing. The group is safe and confidential. We specifically focus on women writers and artists. Dr. Kelly Dickinson at FWVC registers everyone for this program. Red Badge raises funds from donors so there is no cost to any writer attending. If you'd like to know how we work, please consider attending a day-long workshop.

Free | Registration Required

 

SUMMER RETREAT FOR VETERANS

We would like to send twenty WOMEN VETERANS to a weekend retreat each summer. If you would like to sponsor a woman to attend, The Red Badge Project is a non-profit organization.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

If you'd like to be considered for a scholarship for any of my in-person or e-courses, please write me a letter indicating your name, contact information, and tell me why you want a scholarship.