Sanctuary Sundays

Many writers have difficulty finding creative time (or space) in their “normal” lives. The opportunity to spend an entire day in deep conversation with their Muses and working on a current project seems too good to be true. Sanctuary Sunday is designed to make all of this happen in a beautiful setting and in the friendly company of other likeminded writers.

At a Writers’ Sanctuary Sunday, we begin at 10:00 a.m. You are welcome to arrive a few minutes early to pick your spot, settle in, grab a coffee and muffin or some fruit and chat with the others.

The morning is spent doing a series of on-the-spot writing exercises to lubricate the machinery – get the creative writer in you feeling more relaxed, focused and perhaps even a little experimental.

After the delicious lunch (provided) the afternoons are spent in silent communion with other writers, working either on a computer or by hand on whatever project is preoccupying you as a writer these days. If you don’t have a laptop you will be provided with a computer (if you want to work on the keyboard) and your word file can be emailed to you at the end of the day.

Uplands is in a peaceful rural location, so you are also welcome to go out for a walk on quiet country lanes if you need a break. There’s even a couch or two if you need your afternoon nap for half an hour to wake up refreshed and ready to write some more!

Writing is over at 4:45 p.m. for those who need to get home, but if you wish to stay, there will be an opportunity to sit a while longer, to share some of what you’ve been working on and to debrief, discuss issues of craft, etc.

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In the summer of 2013 I was invited to do a TEDtalk on “Shining the light on our Changing Communities”. I talked about the therapeutic writing program I do with incarcerated women. You can view the talk here.

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