Join me in Palo Alto for this Stanford Continuing Studies class.
Two consecutive Saturdays in July–9th and 16th.
From 10am to 4pm, with an hour off for lunch
Registration opens May 16th.
Much more info here, including preliminary syllabus:
What a pleasure to help Erika with this beautiful, moving essay. Happy Mother’s Day to Erika’s mom and all the moms!
Stay tuned for details of mentored writing retreats in this heavenly place: Dorland Mountain Arts. Fall of 2021. (Post-Covid, we hope.)
WHAT WE WRITE ABOUT WHEN WE WRITE ABOUT LOVE | OCTOBER 21-24
October 21 @ 4:00 pm – October 24 @ 10:00 am
Over the last fifteen years, the reader-submitted essays in the The New York Times Modern Love column have elevated many writers’ careers, leading some to agents, book deals, and even film adaptations. The column has led to a Modern Love Podcast (2015) and, most recently, a web-based anthology series on Amazon (2019), evidence of its continued popularity. With all that it has spawned, the column has become something of a cultural phenomenon. With 2.6 million readers, there is no greater exposure for a writer than The New York Times. This three-day retreat will provide plenty of time for immersion in the Modern Love column, while also giving participants unstructured time to work on their ideas and drafts. In our first class, we will study essays published in the column, analyzing them to discover their range of topics, writing styles, and narrative strategies. Each of us has within us the material for an essay appropriate to the column. (More likely, we all have several.) Once we’ve become more knowledgeable about essays that found their way into print, we’ll devote our second class to generating ideas through in-class exercises to discover our own Modern Love material. The love we explore can be romantic, platonic, unrequited, or familial. With feedback from peers and guidance from instructor, we will get started on a first draft. On our last evening together, before and after a shared dinner, we will have read-aloud workshops of essays-in-progress.
Open to writers of all levels. Some familiarity with the Modern Love column is assumed.
$575 includes instruction, lodging, welcoming Meet&Greet, one dinner, one lunch. (All cabins have kitchens and participants bring provisions for other meals.)
Rest, Write and Reboot in Your Private Cabin
Shed Worries from Home on These Walking Paths
Find Your Muse by the Pond
Learn more and register here.
Roan’s Tiny Love Story, published in NY Times Modern Love!
Modern Love Weekend Retreat: October 11th through 13th. [SOLD OUT!]
5-Day Memoir Retreat: October 14th through 19th.
3-Day Modern Love Retreat: October 21st through 24th. Because the first Modern Love retreat had a waiting list, Playa opened a second one. Details here.
Click above for details and registration links.
Find my Modern Love essay, from November of 2018 here: “I Would Have Driven Her Anywhere.”
And an interview from 2014, by Vela Magazine editor Amanda Giracca: “Crafting Memoir and Doing Grief.” Amanda studied memoir with me at Prescott College.
Find Your Muse by the Pond.
Rest, Write, and Reboot in your Private Cabin.
Shed your Worries from Home on These Walking Paths.