Writing Workshops-to-Go


“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.”   

                                                                         ---Frederick Buechner

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.



*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





*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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