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Writing as Service | October News | A Brave Space

Hello, there!

I hope this email finds you well and inspired as we move into Fall.

I’ve just returned from an amazing conference where I joined writers, storytellers, healers, seekers, and change agents from all over for 3 days of workshops, presentations, and performances. Wow - I’m still flying high from it all! The Transformative Language Arts Network’s 16th Annual Power of Words Conference was one of the best yet. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Gregg Levoy’s workshop Clarity and Courage of Your Calling and his keynote address The Call of Creativity still have me reflecting on my various callings and understanding writing as service and communication - “if [your writing] is not shared, the circuit is not complete.” I invite you to complete the circuit with me!

  • Usha Akella’s Fetch the Fire: Writing the Ghazal was a remarkable workshop focused on the poetic form designed to express the universal language of love. Her keynote address Usha Akella: Matwaala, the Birth of a Festival received a standing ovation - for good reason - the work she has done with the South Asian Diaspora Poets’ Collective is beyond exceptional.

  • Participants were talking about Noa Baum’s pre-conference workshop, Stories Old and New: A Path to Healing and Resilience, throughout the entire weekend, including the personal insights they learned and the embodied experience of the intersection between storytelling and healing.

I made so many new friends and reunited with others as we wrote together, shared our stories and poems, and enjoyed each other’s company. We relaxed into the conference offerings connected by the shared knowing that our words, poems, stories, and songs not only matter, they are necessary, they keep us connected, and they transform our world. I am already looking forward to the 2020 conference!

In the meantime, starting October 16, I will be facilitating a 6-week online class, Around the Campfire: Nurturing Your Poetic Voice. This class features weekly writing prompts, readings, and other resources; discussion threads where we interact and offer support; and weekly (optional) video conferencing meetings where we can share our work, ask questions, and connect with intention about our creative practice.

I also continue to offer two self-paced classes, Cultivating Our Voices: Writing Our Lives, as well as Narratives of Self & Society: Writing Life Stories for Change offered through the Transformative Language Arts Network. See below for a few more details as well as upcoming events and our featured poetry book of the month!

I’m also dreaming up something BIG for next spring which may or may not include a weekend workshop on the California coast. More information will be announced in the coming weeks and certainly in my next newsletter. Stay tuned!

I also invite you to connect with me and our writing community on social media and at the various events noted on the calendar. In the meantime, you can find some writing inspiration on the blog!

Wishing you all the best,

Liz Burke-Cravens, EdD