“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”
Your life is indeed a “fathomless mystery” worth listening and learning from. Leslie has been leading writers in discovering the hidden heart of their own lives for 30+ years. She knows from experience that writing CAN be taught as well as caught, shared, nurtured, challenged and fostered. Every life is full of pain and grace; every life is worth holy excavation.
CLASSES and WORKSHOPS OFFERED
*Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography
*Writing Essays that Change the World
*Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
*Created to Create!
Adjunct English Instructor (University of Alaska): 1990 – 1997
English Professor (University of Alaska) 1997 – 2002
Faculty: Master of Fine Arts (Seattle Pacific University) 2005 – 2010
Writer-in Residence (Covenant College) 2010, 2013
Professional Editor of books, essays, poetry, articles: 1990 – present
Where Has Leslie Led Workshops?
*Seattle Pacific University
*Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop
*Lake Michigan Writer’s Workshop
*Young Writer’s Conferences
*New Smyrna Beach Writer's Retreat
*Writing for Your Life Webinar
*Master Classes and Readings Wheaton College, Cedarville Univ., Mary Hardin Baylor University, Houston Baptist Univ., Covenant College, Pepperdine U., Univ. of Oregon
*Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography, First Metropolitan Church, Victoria, B.C., University of Alaska
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
*Food and meals provided. Fresh seafood, wholesome homemade meals! You are welcome to eat as few or as many meals with us and our family/crew---or you may choose to eat alone in your studio. You're also welcome to join me in meal preparation or any of the other food work I am doing (making smoked salmon, jams and jellies, etc.)
*One-on-One professional guidance/feedback with me, discussing your work, as you choose. Up to 2 hours a day. You may simply want space and time to work, but if you desire any kind of feedback or guidance, I'm there.
*Adventure: walking, ocean trips in the skiff, beach combing. Your choice on activity and adventure vs. writing time.
*Getting there: You would fly into Larsen Bay on the mail plane (R/T $250). I would pick you up in the skiff at Larsen Bay for a 25 minute skiff ride to the island. Or you could fly straight to the island on a float plane (at about double the cost).
*Cost: $500/day, with a minimum of 5 days, maximum of 10, (or as the retreat schedule permits.)
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