Whidbey Island, Washington | September 5 - 8, 2019

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 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.

• 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.

$100 deposit | Pricing TBD
After August 1st, non-refundable.



Seattle, Washington | May 11-12, 2019

We will gather in a central Seattle location to work on our craft. You will submit up to twenty pages of your work, and be expected to read and respond to eleven other writers in advance of the workshop, which means you will be reading up to 220 pages and offering feedback using the specific techniques that I teach. This is a valuable gathering to learn what's working in your material, and what needs more attention. Your preparation is required, and you will not be eligible to workshop your own material unless you come with notes for your colleagues. This also means that you will receive the great benefit of feedback from eleven other writers and myself. This is a comprehensive workshop with no generative writing, and much discussion of our work, with a catered lunch each day, and refreshments throughout. $350/writer and $400/writer after February 1st. Limited to 12 writers. Reserve your spot by check and confirming with Sonya, or by a $100 deposit at at Paypal (add 3% for fees.)


NEW! E-Courses

52 Weeks of Prompts | Every week starting January 1st but you can join anytime. | Registration open now! | You'll receive an email from me with a prompt to keep your writing moving forward. It's a bargain at $1.00 a week and makes a terrific gift for those people who have always wanted to get their writing moving. Contact me for details.


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.



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. 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."


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



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.



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.