Upcoming Writing Events
Following is a chronological listing of our scheduled Writing Events that are open to the public:
- The Self as the Source of the Story, Whidbey Island WA
- ReStorying Your Life (E-Course)
- Self as Source Alumni Group, Whidbey Island WA
- Writing Nature's Wisdom, Whidbey Island WA
- Other Writing-related Events
THE SELF AS THE SOURCE OF THE STORY
with Christina Baldwin
May 13-19, 2014
December 2-8, 2014
Whidbey Island, Washington
This remarkable 5-day seminar is designed for people ready to move beyond the unstructured creativity of journal writing to tackle a portion of their life experience by writing memoir, autobiography, essay or fiction.
"Inside I know I will never be the same since that beautiful week. For the first time, I am thinking of myself as a writer."
Self as Source participantSession topics include: articulation, metaphoric reality, and structures of creative nonfiction, writing about time, place, self, and others. The seminar is held within a circle that invites conversation, supportive critique, open reading and celebrations of the word.
Christina has taught this course for twenty years, and dozens of books have been published by former students. The seminar is open to both men and women at varying levels of experience. Held in serene retreat settings, this is a special time to honor your creativity and experience exponential growth in your writing capacities.
"Writing has opened up the window to my soul and given me the voice that I have been seeking. Thanks so much for assisting me on my journey."
-- Dianne McCoy, Winnipeg, Author, Story Coach and Speaker LOCATION:
Located 30 miles north of Seattle, Whidbey Island provides a delightful retreat setting for this seminar. Participants will be housed in the lush green stillness of the Maxwelton valley in a facility of gardens, nooks and crannies, great food and the support of tall trees. Full travel information is available upon registration.
$1375.00 includes tuition, individual consultation, room and board. Early bird registration of $1325.00 is available -- contact the PeerSpirit office for more information.
Class size limited to 16. Writers at various stages of project development and confidence welcome. Please register for Self as Source through the PeerSpirit office.
Download an event flyer (PDF)
May 13-19, 2014
December 2-8, 2014
RESTORYING YOUR LIFE WITH CHRISTINA BALDWIN
November 4-29, 2013
Led by Christina Baldwin of PeerSpirit & Mary Ann Brussat of Spirituality & Practice
Words are how we think; stories are how we link. Stories are how we create order and make meaning out of our life experiences — whether we are sitting down at the end of the day and recounting a jumble of events until they come into sense, or looking back over the decades in search of patterns. We do this verbally, weaving through the social fields of our daily lives, and many of us — millions of private writers — also commit to sorting our lives in journals, blogs, emails, Facebook posts, letters, scrapbooks, collages, and photo collections. Technology for recording our lives is expanding exponentially.
"ReStorying Your Life with Christina Baldwin" is a new one-month e-retreat in Spirituality & Practice's Elder Spirituality Project. It is designed for people of all ages interested in what is commonly called "life review." Life review can occur at any stage of life, particularly around transitions, leaps of growth, awareness of aging, and desire for more consciousness in how we are living out our life stories.
The e-course is divided into four weeks with these themes:
1. Getting present with our stories
2. Living in history, time, and place
3. Grief and gratitude
4. Legacy through story
Sponsored by the Spirituality and Practice online network and hosted by Mary Ann Brussat, the retreat will be led by author and educator, Christina Baldwin. Christina's most recent book on writing, Storycatcher, Making Sense of our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story, reflects her passion for the stories of our lives that emerge from this practice. Describing her motivation for creating this e-course, she says:
"I believe story is what makes us and saves us. My current exploration is how journal writing creates a life narrative of enduring strength (yes we have to first endure several decades of whining — but when that’s over, wow!) that allows us to serve as storycatchers for our communities and as leaders in understanding how story can save us on a collective level. We journal writers have work to do to help shape the social, scientific, and spiritual stories we need to survive our current crises. Write on!"
To try your hand at reviewing your life through a variety of formats, join us for this special interactive e-course. You will receive:
• 12 emails with reflections from Christina Baldwin, delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
• journal prompts, suggested exercises, and ideas for different ways to tell your story
• access to a one-hour teleconference call with Christina Baldwin (date tba)
• access to the online Practice Circle where our community will share excerpts from our stories and discuss the value of reviewing our lives as a spiritual practice.
DATES: Monday, November 4 - Friday, November 29, 2013
Self as Source Alumni Group is an opportunity to revisit the content of this fine memoir class now that alumni writers are deep enough into their projects to have encountered the challenges that were theoretical at the beginning.
This seminar is an opportunity for long, uninterrupted periods of writing, interspersed with creative and problem solving sessions using each other's manuscripts to learn from. The days will start with a circle of checking-in and responses to questions we are living with, writing time in a community of supportive silence, late afternoon sessions, and evenings by the fireplace listening to each other's words.
Please contact the PeerSpirit office with any questions. The workshop will be held on Whidbey Island, Washington at the Aldermarsh retreat center.
December 3 - 8, 2013
The Marsh House on Whidbey Island, Washington. Located 30 miles north of Seattle, Whidbey Island provides a delightful retreat setting for this seminar. Participants will be housed in the lush green stillness of the Maxwelton valley in a facility of gardens, nooks and crannies, great food and the support of tall trees. Full travel information is available upon registration.
Limited to 12 alumni of Self as the Source.
$1100.00 includes tuition, lodging (single rooms), and all meals. $400.00 deposit is due upon registration. An early-bird registration discount is available - please enquire and register through the PeerSpirit office.
Celebrate the change of the seasons by joining Christina and Ann for a day of creative writing in the beauty of Whidbey Island. With Christina's passion for story and Ann's deep stewardship of wilderness, participants will experience the joyful connections between soul and the natural world.
Writers will immerse themselves in gentle exploration of the island's forests, reflective journal writing, and sharing councils of insight.
This workshop is open to men and women of all levels of writing experience. Just bring a blank book and a willingness to begin!
Whidbey Island, Washington
Register through the PeerSpirit office.
We are open to both self-sponsoring and offering writing seminars through the sponsorship of other organizations and venues. Please contact us to discuss possibilities.