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
We are paying close attention to the COVID vaccine rollout, and will be incorporating stringent COVID protocols for all of our seminars. Christina can address any concerns you may have.
Spring: Moved to October!
Due to the COVID 19 crisis, and to give time for vaccinations to be more widespread, we’ve decided to move the Spring session to a slot later in the year (October). That way, we have more assurance of offering a safe and healthy environment for participants.
Early Autumn: October 20 – 26, 2021
Winter: November 10 – 16, 2021
Both 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 a serene retreat setting, this is a special time to honor your creativity and experience exponential growth in your writing capacities.
“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 10-12. 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.
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: Due to the continued prevalence of COVID 19 in the United States, we will not be offering this seminar in spring 2021. Watch this space and subscribe to our newsletter for information about 2022.
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.