PeerSpirit Writing Workshops
We offer a number of Writing Events throughout the year that are open to the public:
- The Self as the Source of the Story, Whidbey Island WA
- Self as Source Alumni Group, Whidbey Island WA
- Writing Nature’s Wisdom, Whidbey Island WA
- Other Writing-related Events
THE SELF AS THE SOURCE OF THE STORY
with Christina Baldwin
Winter: November 11 – 17, 2020 – This session is full!
Note: As the time gets closer, we will be in contact with those who have signed up as to whether we’ll be able to go ahead with the seminar. We’ll need to take into account the level of COVID 19 cases, any travel restrictions, and the potential availability of a vaccine. All deposits will be refunded if we have to cancel. Contact us if you have questions.
Spring: April 28 – May 4, 2021
Winter: November 10 – November 16, 2021
All sessions will be held at the Aldermarsh Retreat Center on Whidbey Island in Washington state.
This remarkable 5-day seminar is designed for people ready to move beyond the unstructured creativity of journal writing to tackle a portion of their life experience by writing memoir, autobiography, essay or fiction.
“Inside I know I will never be the same since that beautiful week. For the first time, I am thinking of myself as a writer.”
–Jeanie Robinson, Self as Source participant
Session topics include: articulation, metaphoric reality, and structures of creative nonfiction, writing about time, place, self, and others. The seminar is held within a circle that invites conversation, supportive critique, open reading and celebrations of the word.
Christina has taught this course for more than twenty years, and dozens of books have been published by former students. The seminar is open to both men and women at varying levels of experience. Held in serene retreat settings, this is a special time to honor your creativity and experience exponential growth in your writing capacities.
For the November 2020 session, Christina will co-facilitate the seminar with friend, colleague, and writer Lisa Connors. Lisa took Self as Source in 2011 and went on to get her MFA in Creative Writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop.
Lisa teaches writing in her community, offers narrative coaching and mentorships, and recently finished a novel that began as a journal entry in 2010. She is delighted to be back on Whidbey and coming ‘full circle’ to co-facilitate the spring session of Self as Source. She lives in Southeast Michigan with her husband of thirty years, two overzealous golden-doodles, and a college-age daughter who drops in on occasion to do laundry and eat her mama’s lasagna.
“Writing has opened up the window to my soul and given me the voice that I have been seeking. Thanks so much for assisting me on my journey.”
— Dianne McCoy, Winnipeg, Author, Story Coach and Speaker
LOCATION & COST:
LOCATION: The Aldermarsh Retreat Center on Whidbey Island in Washington state.
Aldermarsh has been PeerSpirit’s teaching home for many years. A warm and welcoming place, Aldermarsh comprises several buildings (including a dedicated teaching space), as well as a wetland area with tall trees (the alder marsh), a field with a medicine wheel, and beautifully maintained gardens.
COST: $1595.00 includes tuition, lodging, and all meals. A $500.00 deposit is due upon registration. An early-bird registration discount of $50 is available – please inquire.
REGISTRATION: Class size limited to 12-14. Writers at various stages of project development and confidence welcome. Register through the PeerSpirit office.
SELF AS SOURCE ALUMNI GROUP
with Christina Baldwin
Next Session: This workshop is generally offered once a year, in early spring. It is organized in collaboration between Christina and a group of 6-8 writers who are ready to take their work to the next level. If you’re interested, please contact our office to discuss your current project.
Please contact us if you are interested in a future session.
Self as Source Alumni Group is an opportunity to revisit the content of this fine memoir class now that alumni writers are deep enough into their projects to have encountered the challenges that were theoretical at the beginning.
This seminar is an opportunity for long, uninterrupted periods of writing, interspersed with creative and problem solving sessions using one another’s manuscripts as mutual learning tools.
DATES: 2021 Dates TBD
LOCATION: Strawbridge Farm, Langley, Whidbey Island, Washington.
REGISTRATION: Limited to alumni of Self as the Source.
COST: Cost includes tuition, lodging (single rooms), and all meals. The total cost of the seminar will be $1200 – $1400, depending on venue. A $400.00 deposit is due upon registration. Please inquire and register through the PeerSpirit office.
WRITING NATURE’S WISDOM
with Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea at the Whidbey Institute
Whidbey Island, WA USA
Celebrate the change of the seasons by joining Christina and Ann for an afternoon of creative writing in the beauty of Whidbey Island. With Christina’s passion for story and Ann’s deep stewardship of wilderness, participants will experience the joyful connections between soul and the natural world.
Writers will immerse themselves in gentle exploration of the island’s forests, reflective journal writing, and sharing councils of insight.
This workshop is open to men and women of all levels of writing experience. Just bring a blank book and a willingness to begin!
DATE & TIME: TBA
LOCATION: The Whidbey Institute, Whidbey Island, Washington
OTHER WRITING-RELATED EVENTS:
We at PeerSpirit are open to both self-sponsoring and offering writing seminars through the sponsorship of other organizations and venues. Please contact us to discuss possibilities.