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Come Write with Us at OMEGA

At the end of this month, my dad and I will co-teach one more workshop together.

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WHERE: OMEGA CAMPUS, Rhinebeck, NY (90-minute train ride north from NY Penn Station)

WHEN: May 30 – June 1 (Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday morning)

Over three days, we’ll explore writing as a craft and a path to personal development. You’ll also learn how you can apply insights gained to other creative arts and to the work-in-progress that is your life.

We don’t just teach you our way — we help you find your own best approach to craft, process, and self.

For information or to register:

845 266 4444

Comments from past workshop students:

The relaxing environment made it safe to share … very good practical advice … really liked the ‘roadmap’ presented. — Soshana Helman

Learning to ‘dream in dialogue’ was a game-changer for me … you have given me hope that I can finish a book! — Michael Schlichte

The delivery of this clear five-stage process and examples helped to integrate the learning … great tools. — Jessalyn Nash

I liked the easy give and take between Sierra and Dan. The pace and information were just right. The ‘What If’ exercise was both challenging and stimulating, practical and powerful … a good balance between lecture, dialogue, partner exercises and writing. — Marguerite LaDue

Your simple process provided the motivation … I’ve been wanting to start writing for over a year and this course was exactly what I needed. — Mike Muscari

What an amazing experience! I got much more than I expected … Your relaxed, open-hearted style of communication paved the way for sincere discussions. I found the partner exercises comfortable and worthwhile … ‘dreaming in dialogue’ opened doorways previously closed. The group continued to write and share even after you both excused yourself at the end of class. Everyone seemed inspired and charged. — Karen McMahon

Hope you can join us! As always, contact me with any questions.

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First Summer Workshop

On May 10 and 11, I’ll offer the first of my summer workshops at The Writer’s Center, this one in Bethesda, MD.

Here are a few reasons why you should sign up:


1. It’s a creative crossroads.

Whether you consider yourself a fiction or nonfiction writer, memoirist, playwright, or screenwriter, there’s a whole other world of inspiration just across the aisle. And it can be easier for you to build alliances, collaborate with, and learn from those who prefer a variation on your own theme.

2. A big-picture view expands the possibilities.

Writing a book on writing and storytelling gave me a structured opportunity to meditate on my own experience, derive the most useful ideas and practices, and organize them into a coherent model, a universal cycle of five stages that offer a unique road map to the creative path: Dream, Draft, Develop, Refine, and Share.

Because I wrote this book with my dad, also an author, I gained an unusual vantage point on writing as a collaborative act, and it informs my teaching style — I want to help you find your way to write, not some mythical best way.

The workshop aims to offer you an aerial view of the territory you’ll cover in every project and throughout your creative life. It aims to transform your perspective on writing as process and craft, so as to orient you and better equip you to confront inevitable challenges and reach your goals.

You can sample the flavor of my approach by reading one or more excerpts from the book here.

3. Discover the wisdom of your own experience.

New perspectives and techniques can help you to observe what works for you:

The What If? will help you to connect with sticky ideas, cultivate them, and stay in harmony with your source of inspiration as you draft.

You’ll make contact with a source of inner guidance by dreaming in dialogue, an analytical technique that will equip you to push through self-doubt and inertia whenever they arise, on and off the page.

Your master metaphor will also provide crucial emotional support. And you’ll learn how greater body awareness can help you to write more powerfully for the senses and stay at your desk for as long as necessary.

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet potential friends and collaborators — I know I have much to learn from you, as a teacher and a fellow writer. I hope that you’ll share the work that emerges with each other and with me.

Register and learn more details here.

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Your Story in 25 Words (or Fewer)

If you’ll be in the DC area come May, please mark your calendars:

GBook Festival

On May 17, I’ll be presenting, signing books, and offering a free one-hour workshop at the Gaithersburg Book Festival: Your Story in 25 Words (or Fewer).

What if one magical sentence could help you define and strengthen your story, as well as anchoring a plan for revision? In this one-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to formulate a What If question and discover how 25 (or fewer) words can transform both your latest project and your writing process.

If you’ve read The Creative Compass then you’re already familiar with the What If Question — and the workshop will help you practice generating creative questions with a like-minded group.

GBook Festival 2

In the meantime, you can read more about where I find my ideas, what I do about writer’s block, and what my presentation has to offer you in this Q&A:

Where do you go to find your ideas?

     The net of my mind dredges the riverbed of my everyday      experience and brings up all kinds of treasure — dreams, notions,      questions and answers, most of which I can’t use. The ideas that      ultimately give rise to stories, articles, or other projects, the ones      that stick, will reveal themselves only over time and through      experimentation.

     These ‘sticky’ ideas (explored in greater depth in my book, The      Creative Compass) have one element in common: they matter to      me on some deep level. They matter enough to return again and      again, whether in the same or different guise. It’s as if there are      certain rivers that periodically intersect with mine, so that I become      familiar with their cargo. And, at the right moment, it becomes      mine as well. And the pattern that emerges over time points not      only to what I write but who I am.

What do you do when you have writer’s block?

     I can always write something, of course. But there are plenty of      times when I don’t particularly like what I’m writing, and that      brings both frustration and relief . . .

Read more here.

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