Random House asked me to write an essay on memoir for their e-zine, Signature Reads. I focused on atmosphere as the most enduring quality of a well-made story (more important than plot by far). I’d love to know what you think!
An inspirational investigation of the self through expressive writing, guiding you along the path of awakening through radical truth-telling and self-inquiry. More information.
What a wonderful week we had in France. The Writing To Awaken: The Story of Your Life retreat prompted excellent work from our group, who hailed from around the world (Australia, Iceland, U.K. U.S.) and supported each other famously. Thanks to all for your wholehearted participation. And to our hosts, Mike and Susie, for welcoming us again at Le Perchoir des Paons in Gindou and to Florence Lombard for welcoming us into her home again. Hope to see you again next year!
I can’t wait to return to Hollyhock in August for WRITING TO AWAKEN: Memoir As A Path of Transformation. Cortes Island is one of my favorite places and Hollyhock is a unique center for learning and creative exploration. The retreat will give me a chance to spend a good deal of one on one time with students in the splendor of the Pacific Northwest. Have a look at this video about Hollyhock to get more acquainted. I hope to see you there!
I’m delighted to be teaching Writing To Awaken: Memoir as a Path of Transformation a the Rowe Center from April 1 – 3. Tucked away in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, this renowned historic center offers the charm only found in New England. The magnificence of Spring will be our backdrop as we investigate the connection between the person you believe yourself to be and the internal witness who sees beyond the conscious mind. I hope you can join me. More info and registration.
I enjoyed doing this video interview with Zaya Benazzo in San Francisco. She asked me to talk about the difference between situation and story when writing memoir, and why it’s so important to connect the dots — to find the deep story — in order to touch on the universal. “If you go profoundly enough and truthfully enough into your deep experience it does become the human experience,” I told her. Situation is journalism, story has the beginnings of art. Watch the video here.