April 15-17, 2011

Writing From the Inside Out (Part Two) - Whose Trip Is It, Anyways?

Janet Thomas

Whose Trip Is It, Anyways? How to Travel Honestly and Write About It, Too

In writing our tales of travel, how do we explore the present, respect the past, and please the reader? This is an active writing workshop in which the environment is explored, the senses come out to play, people are interviewed, landscape is described, research is accomplished, meaning is determined, lessons are taught, perspective is offered, discernment reigns, and all is fair in writing and truth-telling. Whether you are writing for yourself or the masses, your blog or your dog, your grandmother or your guru, your trip is only as interesting as the words on the page—virtual and otherwise.

(Note: All travel will take place in the limitless confines of Deer Park and the immediate vicinity.)

About Janet Thomas:
Janet was born in Wales and raised in various homes and gardens across Canada and the U.S. Her first introduction to Buddhism came through the work of writers Kenneth Rexroth and Gary Snyder in 1969. For 40 years she has practiced paying attention and is profoundly grateful to all her Buddhist teachers for their unfailing devotion to truth and transcendence.

Her writing encompasses plays – produced from L.A. to NYC; travel writing – from books about hostels to editor-in-chief of SPA Magazine; non-fiction – from the "Battle in Seattle – The Story Behind and Beyond the WTO Demonstrations" to the recently published memoir, "Redemption Song in Dharamsala – A Memoir of Life Lost and Found." She lives, writes and teaches on San Juan Island in the northwest corner of Washington State in the U.S.