PAST EVENTS

Dismantling The Nice Girl, With Laurie Wagner of 27 Powers | October 2018 | Alameda, Bay Area, California |How do you tell a story that’s never been told? A story that might have been (or still is) a secret? Especially as women, how do we sustain the telling of a story when there’s pressure to remain likable? And how do we push past the shame created by those who refuse our power? This weekend is about interrogating what we are afraid to write about, how we can write our truth and risk exposure, how to say the things that demand to be said. Beautiful catered lunches, daily practices, fierce and true writing.

Aldermarsh Writing Retreat Whidbey Island, Washington, October 13-14, 2018 | All Levels | SOLD OUT |  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. 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.

Liminal Writing February 2018 | Online | Lidia Yuknavitch and her community, Corporeal Writing, hosted a one-month online workshop.

Aldermarsh Writing Retreat Whidbey Island, Washington, March 1 – 4, 2018 | All Levels | SOLD OUT

Retreat In The City | February 24 -25, 2018 | Hugo House | All Levels | 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.

Writing Sex | November 11, 2017 | Hugo House | All Levels. | SOLD OUT | This workshop is against writing sex scenes and for writing compelling sex as if we are wholly made of sex; using sex and the body as a way of writing experience. A character’s messy truth is revealed through shame, humor, desire, frankness, obfuscation, and so much more. 

Writing Liminal Experiences | November 18, 2018 | Hugo House | All Levels |SOLD OUT. | Liminal means threshold, and liminal experiences are transitional—a suspension in identity, time, or community. We’ll write our way into dreams, ritual, wilderness, birth, death, visions, ghosts, tricksters, crossroads, revolutions, and all kinds of collapses of the status quo. You’ll come away with tools to help you work with the liminal in writing.

Four-day Retreat in Banff National Park | Banff YWCA, Banff, Alberta, CANADA | June 15 - 18, 2017 | SOLD OUT | 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 near the longest day of the year, in magnificent mountain light, where near Summer Solstice we’ll experience nearly seventeen hours of daylight.

Weekend Workshop | The Writer's Workshoppe, Port Townsend, WA | April 22-23, 2017 | SOLD OUT | A ten-hour (two-day) workshop for excavating your truth. Burning Down The House includes generative writing exercises designed to leave behind pretense. This program includes working with essays by master writers, strategies for accountability, and developing skills to trust your emerging voice. Some of the forms we will experiment with include a dreamoir, fiction inside non-fiction, and you'll come away with tools to help you work with liminal experiences.

Burning Down The House | Hugo House | February 23 to March 30, 2017 | SOLD OUT | A six-week series for excavating your truth. Burning Down The House includes writing exercises designed to leave behind pretense. This program includes working with essays by master writers, strategies for accountability, developing skills to trust your emerging voice.

Red Badge Women's Retreat | September 16th-18th, 2016 | FULL | Sonya Lea, Suzanne Morrison, and Dr. Kelly Dickinson bring women veterans together for a weekend of writing, art making, nature activities, community sharing, and solitude.

Writing The Tough Stuff
The Writer's Workshoppe, Port Townsend, WA| October 2016 | SOLD OUT

The Wild Self
Hugo House, Seattle | September 2016 | SOLD OUT

A Conversation with SJ Watson
University Book Store Seattle, WA | July 2016

Brain Injury Association of Canada Conference | SOLD OUT
Keynote Speaker
Victoria, BC | April 2016

Panel Discussion: Women Veterans Writing Their Lives
with Suzanne Morrison, Dr. Kelly Dickinson, Maggie Shartle, Sonya Lea & Warren Etheredge
Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference Los Angeles | April 2016

The Search for Meaning Festival
Seattle University | February 2016

Wage Slaves: the 78 Cents (or less) Edition
Hugo House, Seattle | January 2016

Lit Crawl: Tin House Writers
with Sonya Lea & Sara Jaffe
KUOW: "Like A Virgin: How My Husband Relearned Sex After A Brain Injury"
Elliott Bay Books, Seattle | October 2015

A Conversation on Intimate Writing
with Claire Dederer, Suzanne Morrison & Sonya Lea
Elliott Bay Books, Seattle | September 2015

Q&A with Peter Mountford
Hugo House, Seattle | July 2015

Q&A with Christopher Ryan
Powell's Books, Portland, OR | July 2015

Independent Bookstore Day
with Peter Mountford, Sherman Alexie, Nicole Hardy & Sonya Lea
Elliott Bay Books, Seattle | May 2015

Ghost Lives: Writing And Teaching Memoir When The Subject Is Missing
with Brian Castner, Christa Parravani, Sonya Lea & Warren Etheredge
Association of Writer & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference Seattle | February 2014

West Cork Literary Festival
with Fish Anthology Winners
Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland | July 2012