Yesterday, we had our inaugural writing workshop of this trip. We gathered on the 11th floor of the hotel in a meeting room with a panoramic view of Hanoi on all sides. We could still hear hear constant honking from the streets and workers turning the restaurant over from lunch to dinner on the other side of the door, but pretty soon all of that fell away as we brought our hearts and attention to words. Finally, it was time to write. Writing group is a grounding place on these trips where so much attention goes outward, so the first thing we did was sit in meditation together, stilling to the sound of my gong. We got quiet, finally stopping the momentum of travel, arrival, and jetlag; the excitement of exploring a new country, the rush of getting to know each other, to settle in and ... [Continue Reading]
The Writer's Journey Salon
Twice a year, the community of Santa Cruz gets to enjoy a terrific evening of great writing by Laura's Writer's Journey students--both established and emerging writers. The event is free, but there will be food for sale--both savory and sweet.
The first time we did this event, an audience of 100 turned out in the Live Oak Grange. The last time--we had 150--a full house. We were all blown away by the quality and diversity of the work that was read--we spent the evening laughing, crying and deeply moved by the human spirit and the power or words. It was great to be at a reading ... [Continue Reading]
Weekly & 1-Day
"I have met many [people] who think they can’t be writers because their lives aren’t interesting enough to write about. This is simply untrue. Everyone’s life is mysterious, beautiful, stunning magic. It doesn’t matter if you’ve lived in the same town your whole life or traveled around the world seven times. What matters is your ability to open up to the breathtaking and spectacular adventure that happens to be your life. Your job is to experience it, see it, feel it, live it, and write it down.”
New Years Student Special for New Students:
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The Two Things I Love Best:
A Writing Retreat for Foodies
Saturday, March 24th
1:00 - 9:00 PM
Since one of my favorite topics to write about is food, and since I love to cook for people (and to eat), twice a year, I've been offering one-day all-out indulgent food-writing extravaganzas. The inaugural event, held in 2011, was a rousing success. And now I've scheduled another, the last one until fall of 2012, at the earliest, so don't miss out!
Here's how it went:
Fourteen lucky writers (including me and our host) met at 1:00 in the afternoon at the home of Laura Waldren in Watsonville. A former member ... [Continue Reading]