April, 2013

Writing Workshops with Janet Thomas

“Travel Writing with Meaning” April 7-9

“Occupy Your Memoir—Write, Reflect, Retreat”  April 12 – 15

 “Writing the Wild—On the Trail of Gary Snyder”  April 25- 27


Travel Writing with Meaning

Travel writing is about the inner journey, the outer adventure, the surrounding landscape, the politics of place and people, and the ways in which we navigate through the mundane, the sublime and the terrifying. It is also an opportunity to wake up to the "other" in ways that can help heal the world. How do we write and travel at the same time? What's the difference between a travel blog and a travel book? How do we transform our personal journey into a universal experience? "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness." (Mark Twain) Good travel writing is too.

April 7-9


Occupy Your Memoir -- Write, Reflect, Retreat

Explore your life for meaning and memoir and get a grip on the momentum that keeps the writer writing. The hardest part of writing about your life is sitting down to write. This workshop is about diving into the depths of your story and diving into the writing chair and staying there. It takes a certain quality of attention to write deeply, meaningfully and consistently. It is a meditative attention, a respect for both silence and structure, and an attention of body, mind and spirit that can be difficult to attain in these sound-byte disposable times. This workshop is about writing from the heart of your own life, exploring the universal human experience, celebrating story inside and out, and trusting your writing to know more than you do.

April 12 – 15


Writing the Wild

On the Trail of Gary Snyder

Nature writing is a meditation of patience and passion. Walk the foothills, reconnect with the earth, write from the outside in. Get to know the work of poet, essayist, Buddhist, and elder statesman of the natural world, Gary Snyder. There will be silence, reflection, and communion with nature and one another.

"In wildness is the preservation of the world."

  -- Henry David Thoreau

April 25-27




Author bio:

Janet Thomas was born in Wales and lived in Canada before settling in the northwest U.S. In the 60s, she wrote poetry and protested the Vietnam War. In the 70s, she meditated, walked for peace with the Japanese Buddhist monks in protest of nuclear weapons, and met her writing mentor, poet, Kenneth Rexroth. Her plays, written and produced throughout the 80s, explore the moral, spiritual & ethical complexities of abortion, sexual abuse, nuclear war, and the war against the environment. She's written books about cheap travel and been the editor of a travel magazine. Her book, "The Battle in Seattle" was inspired by the farmers, educators, workers and activists from around the world who were on the streets of WTO Seattle in 1999. Her most recent book, "Day Breaks Over Dharamsala--A Memoir of Life Lost and Found," is an exploration of spiritual healing. She travels to India as often as possible.