Stories come from the vast ocean of the mind in which imagination and experience merge, in which the personal and the collective blur and lose edges.
With the help of the water element or from the depths of the water, we create. However, to share our stories, we first need to anchor them to a tangible form; we need to give them edges.
In the Lighthouse program, I will help you transform the overwhelming need to tell a story into a real first draft. We will dive into that ocean of creativity and swim on, exploring your potentials. Even when I push you beyond what you expected, I will be your safe Lighthouse on the shore.
During a minimum of three months, we'll move through the water and earth elements to transform your thoughts and feelings into a physical material you can later perfect. You will see your story forming and tune into the melody of your unique voice.
Lidia Yuknavitch teaches us that we must first write the story and then make art out of it.
In the Chariot program, we evoke the fire element to make art. We master the craft. We master our resistance. And what is most important, we learn how to govern the creative fire.
Chariot is the most intense part of the process, the one that requires dedication and trust, and patience for the inevitable future of trial and error. Also, this is the part of the journey where most talented writers give up.
For Chariot, I ask for at least six months of trust and commitment. Writing is a process that, similar to Yin Yoga, requires time, stillness, and resolve.
To make WAVES and ride them, we need to evoke the element of air! We need a warm and quick gust of wind to help us move and play and soar to the heights we thought were unreachable.
In the WAVES program, I work with writers who are comfortable with their voice and have mastered the craft. I literally become a gust of wind: I push you off your nest and show you that you can fly. I make you explore possibilities. I show you how to see the vastness of the sky.
HOW CAN WE DO THIS DIFFERENTLY is the signature question of my soul and the core of my mission as a writing teacher. WAVES are my synthesis of all five elements (in Ayurveda, we distinguish ether or space as the fifth element in nature) and the synthesis of everything I absorbed over 30 years of learning creative writing.
In this program, you can work with me whenever you “feel” the WAVES. Month-to-month or in 12-week cycles.