New Psychology Today Column

Once in a while, a piece pours out of you as if it was waiting to be released. My latest column for Psychology Today , “Ordinary Heartbreak,” was like that for me. Like so many others, I find myself overwhelmed by events in the world, which is why, when people ask me how I am, I tell them, “I’m everything.” Let me know what you think!

Writing To Awaken in Italy 2019

I’m excited to announce that early registration is now open for Writing To Awaken: Bringing Your Creative Work to Life, from June 22-28, 2019 at Il Giardino della Luna, a stunning retreat center in the mountains of Lunigiana in northern Tuscany.

If you’d like to know more about this very special event, I’m hosting a live informational video conference to give an overview of the retreat and answer any questions you might have. This one-hour meeting will take place on Saturday, November 3 at 1 pm ET. Sign up here for the webinar here. See the retreat details here.

#MeToo Dialogues with Devaa Haley Mitchell

I very much enjoyed doing this interview with Devaa Haley Mitchell for the #MeToo Dialogues with The Shift Network. We talked about what it feels like to be a fatherless boy in a house full of women, how to embody true masculinity in a world of machismo and perpetrators, and why violence against women is a men’s problem, first. Click here to watch the video interview.

Great Workshops in Prague and London

What a great workshop we had in Prague! It was my first time working with a translator and it couldn’t have gone more smoothly. We had a large, enthusiastic group and Maitrea, our hosts, had Writing To Awaken translated before I came. They’ve since bought the Czech rights to Sex Death Enlightenment as well. Prague, we went to London for the one-day workshop in Regents Park, which was well attended and powerful as well. See you all this June!

“Learning To See”: Advice For New Memoirists

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!

Read the essay here.

How Do You Live? A New Video Series

Screen Shot 2017-08-11 at 10.24.59 AMIt was such a pleasure speaking to the British filmmaker, Magda Pniewska, for her inspirational new video series, How Do You Live? Magda asked me to talk about personal adversity, and how it is that life’s greatest challenges sometimes wake us up to our true potential. We discussed the power of gratitude and the virtues of surrender in the face of the unknown.  Here is a link to our interview. I hope you enjoy it.