Week-long Intensive for Writers
with Deena Metzger
May 29 - June 4, 2010
in Pine Mountain, California
2010 Writers Intensive
May 29 - June 4, 2010
Pine Mountain, California. [Los Angeles area.]
By application and/or invitation.
This workshop is for approximately 20 serious and experienced writers who will gather to devote themselves to their work, that is to the work. This Writers Intensive is offered to both women and men.
The structure of the week will resemble other workshops offered by Deena. Living together cooperatively for a week, addressing the issues that must be addressed, walking up Mt. Pinos the Chumash sacred mountain, we will explore our lives, souls, minds, and creative work through formal and informal teaching, directed writing, dream and story telling, reading to each other, questioning, divination, meditation, silence, prayer, solitude, music, improvisation, council, visioning, ritual, ceremony and commitment.
Writing is a sacred act of conscience because the writer has been given the gift - stories, insight, vision, images and words - on behalf of the community. In accepting and using these gifts, the writer takes on profound responsibilities; she/he must proceed with consciousness and ethical reflection because writing creates culture. Words are sacred: what we say, how we say it, to whom we speak, these are urgent considerations. We cannot be innocent or shy about our gifts and wisdom and we must step forward to meet the urgencies of this time if we are to help create the kind of world we truly wish to live in, if we are to imagine a Story with a future.
We expect our time together will be guided by Spirit, the ancestors, animals and elementals as we listen to the voices of the visible and invisible presences and move onto the writing paths that each of us is called to on behalf of insight and understanding, wisdom, the planet, peacebuilding and the restoration of creation.
This is a retreat for serious and experienced writers. The work is difficult, arduous, often risky, engaging, beautiful and thrilling. Though you will be guided, it is expected that you are also self-motivated and will come prepared to devote yourself to what concerns and fascinates you, to what is calling to be written, particularly in these times. We will work in prose, but the workshop lends itself to writing in any form, fiction and non-fiction, prose and poetry. Join us and dare.
This intensive will be held in Pine Mountain, California, about two hours north of Los Angeles.
The intensives are limited to approximately 20 people plus Deena and her assistants, living together cooperatively for a week. The fee covers housing and all meals during the intensive. Paraticipants are responsible for their own transportation and travel arrangements.