I had a great time last weekend at Christine Kloser’s Transformational Author Breakthrough in Baltimore. Christine asked me onstage to answer questions about writing versus “being an author” (craft and practice versus career). Christine is a new friend and wonderful coach with a large, devoted following of authors attracted to her funny, informal, spiritual approach to getting a book done. I was glad to finally meet her and see her in action. We talked about doing something together in 2014. Hope it happens!
Every life is a work of fiction. That’s what I tell my writing students. People come to me wanting to tell their life story, the narrative that sums them up, that captures the essence of who they are. They expect to find this story hiding inside them like a Michelangelo statue trapped in the marble, fully formed, waiting to be released. Continue reading
The “Awakening Genius” workshop in France was even better than I had expected. Such an amazing group of people! I’m fascinated by how deeply a group of relative strangers can bond in five days when they are doing deep work together. We did a lot of writing, a lot of inquiry – into ourselves, our gifts, our desires, our choices, and what we hold sacred – and managed to have A LOT of fun, too. Continue reading
I’m looking forward to the residential retreat starting this weekend in Gindou, France! It’s called “Awakening Genius: An Exploration of Desire and the Creative Life,” and we have a great group coming from around the United States and Europe. We’ll be working at Le Perchoir des Paons, a renovated stone farmhouse in the heart of the Dordogne region. Classes and writing time will be in the mornings, and we’ll explore the sites in the afternoon, including the nearby prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux. Since our subject is genius – by way of desire – there couldn’t be a more historically apt marker of inherent human creativity.
Each of us is born with a unique gift. Within every person exists an original spark of creativity waiting to be ignited. This creative power is our genius, a source of inherent brilliance whose dynamic potential can transform our lives once we know how to find it. In my experience, insight is the key to Continue reading