Alameda, Bay Area, California, October 27 - 28, 2018

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? When it’s not just our characters that publishers and readers insist be likable, but our very thinking? And how do we push past the shame created by those who refuse our power? Here we are, living in an urgent era, one that asks us to risk exposure for ourselves, and on behalf of others. By standing in the truth, and acknowledging the necessity of our writing, we orient to the justness and health of all our communities. We take a stand for those who aren’t living with our privilege or resources. 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. All the details are here.



Banff, Alberta, Canada, September 2019

For writers with a manuscript in progress. You will be expected to read and respond to other writers, which means you will be reading 200 pages, and offering feedback using my workshop method. Your participation is part of this program in which you will receive feedback on your work from a dozen participants as well as myself. 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.

$600 per writer includes workshop and daily lunch | Contact me for recommendations for hotels, lodges & hostels.

 Moraine Lake near our home in Banff.

Moraine Lake near our home in Banff.


Whidbey Island, Washington, August 29 - September 1, 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. This program includes reading work by master writers, and developing craft skills. A few reading assignments will be given in advance of the class.

• 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.

$600 | $100 deposit | Remainder due by July 1, 2019
After July 1st, non-refundable.





Port Townsend, Washington, October 12 - 14, 2018

Contact Imprint Books for details. SOLD OUT - WAITLIST



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.

Find us on iTunes and Soundcloud

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.