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Writing to Awaken at the New York Open Center

I’m looking forward to my one-day workshop, Writing To Awaken: Memoir as a Spiritual Practice, at the New York Open Center on Sunday, April 28. I hope you can join me.

We will spend the day exploring personal stories as pathways to wisdom and self-encounter. When we learn to see the mythic dimension of our struggles, losses, triumphs, and transformations, we gain insight into our spiritual progress — the state of our soul — and what is asking for deeper attention. More info and registration.

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.