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LITerari.us magazine features the writing of the students of Laura Lentz’s LITerati.academy.

 

This Issue: The Universe & You

Archetypes & Memoir: A Deep Writing Exploration

Archetypes:  All the selves that make up the All of You


When I was a child, I was determined to grow up as a boy. My father left for work most days and my mother had to find time to write in the middle of the night to meet her publishing deadlines. She was buried in dirty dishes, laundry and becoming a referee for sibling fights. My brothers and I got to build a tree fort together and then they hung a sign on it that said No Girls Aloud, while my fingers were still wrapped around the hammer.

I felt stuck in a world I didn’t understand, as if I was living in a never-ending loop of days.

It took me years, my parents dying and living halfway around the world to recognize the shaman inside my mother, the magician inside my father and the warrior inside of me learning to find her voice.

I wasn’t just an emerging Queen, I was also an emerging King, the Shaman, Magician, the Shapeshifter, the Mother and the Crone.  All of it was me, and all of it lead me to story.

I emerged – and am still emerging – into all of myself.

My next six week writing course will explore the many archetypes that make up the many sides of the self, an essential reflection to enrich our stories.

Archetypes take the hands off our mouths –

they allow us to access the parts of the self

that cannot be denied, hidden through shame or rewritten through revisionist history.

Your tongue burns to speak. Your pen finds the page.

How Archetypes Break Us Into Story


Archetypes arise through chaos and family and history and culture.  They arise through obstacles and initiations. The arise through the consciousness of the collective of the world we are navigating as individuals inside family and community. Archetypes help us explore the many sides of ourselves – including the parts we might rather not see, or stuff back down into our feminine or masculine, as if it ALL doesn’t live inside of us.

Our teachers and our mentors – the shamans and mystics and religions we encounter in our lives allow our archetypes to come to life, to be seen and become a deep, important part of the stories we write.

As a writer and an editor, archetypes are the emerging patterns and energy that live inside story, bringing all story to life.  Stories invite us to unleash the truth of ourselves on the page – without shame or judgement.

In the World of Story, You are Always Being Born


When all the selves that live inside your journey are explored as one of the many sides of yourself, you begin to understand the world around you, because parts of the whole world also live inside you and your shadow selves.

In the world of story, you are always being rebirthed.

In the world of story, the reader is your forever witness, because once absorbed, your stories live inside of them, birthing them into deeper recognition of their own self.

We have inherited all of

who we are –

not just through our DNA,

but who we are

as part of the collective –

the swirling energies

that have been following us

       since the  beginning

of the universe.

-Laura Lentz

Archetypes Explored

•   The Child & The Orphan

•   Survival Archetypes that shape us

•   The Magician The Shapeshifter

•   The Creator Archetypes

•   The Healing Archetypes

ABOUT MY WRITING WORKSHOPS

Syn-creation – Why writing is a communal act


There is a magic that happens with intimate groups of writers creating together.  I call it Syncreation – we are all writing on the backs of writers who came before us and influenced by the energy of the writers we are creating beside.  When writers of all levels join each other to create (published authors beside someone new to the craft), it is a reminder we all have something to learn from each other. Often I am asked where I learned to write and my answer is simple:

I learned to write from my students.

Our writers call into our online groups from England, Australia, New York and California.  They are actors, plumbers, hairdressers and published authors.  All the writers, regardless of their background, come to the groups ready to write.

The time to join our writing groups is when you know it’s time to get your story onto the page.

Unique Writing Exercises Inspired by Archetypes throughout history, poetry & literature


In each class we will explore poetry and art inspired by specific archetypes through the ages.  This is not an academic course – it’s a course to help you explore the many sides of yourself to bring your story to life and shed stereotypes to embrace the archetypes that make up all of you.  We will invite new ways of accessing language into your life stories. This class will help you open to the possibility of enriching your essays, memoir, fiction and blogs with the inspiration of all the many archetypes we have moved through to become the person we are today.

Included in online & live classes are the following:


•  Thirteen-minute live writing & group sharing

  Belong to a private Facebook group of all writers taking class

•  Feedback from writing peers during class and throughout the week on FB

Albert Einstein said, “Problems Cannot by solved

by the same consciousness that created them”.

If this is true, stories cannot be created

by the consciousness of the old you.

We have to overlay our old selves in story

with the lens and the wisdom of our new self.  

Archetypes give us a way in.

Writing Teacher: Laura Lentz


Author Laura Lentz has taught creative writing workshops online and on the north shore of Kauai for ten years. Her workbook launching January 18th, 2020 – STORYquest, the Writer, the Hero, the Journey – helps writers turn their story into a Hero’s Journey through 12-weeks of writing prompts and examples out of best selling books. Laura is also a developmental editor and helps writers expand their body of work through unique methods – offering challenging and thought provoking writing prompts inspired by poetry, mythology and segments from literature. Her exploratory writing workshops include Love, Skin and Eros, The Poetry Room, and STORYquest, Make Your Story a Hero’s Journey. Her 6-week workshops are online and on the north shore of Kauai.  Workshop students have the unique opportunity to appear in an annual spoken word shows.  Laura serves on the faculty of The Kauai Writers Conference (2018 – 2020) and is conducting a Master Class for writers who want to write in sacred places on Kauai and allow Kauai’s beauty to influence their work.  Her workshop based on the stages of the Hero’s Journey will take place at the Kauai Writers Conference in November 2020.

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Share Your Writing  in a Private Facebook Page


Throughout the course, you will have access to up to thirty writers in a private Facebook page who are also taking this course – writing to the same course material.  You will share in a private Facebook group, and receive positive feedback from your peers.

THURSDAY

Online –SOLD OUT

March 5th  — April 9th

(six consecutive weeks)


Nine writers creating together

4:00 p.m. — 6:00-6:30 p.m.
[Pacific Time]

$220

TUESDAY

Online – ONE SPOT AVAILABLE 

March 10th – April 14th

(six consecutive weeks)


Nine writers creating together

4:00 p.m. PST — 6:30 p.m.
[Pacific Time]

$220

SUNDAY 

Online – 1 SPOT AVAILABLE

March 8th – April 12th

(six consecutive weeks)


Nine writers creating together

10:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.
[Pacific Time]

$220

WEDNESDAY 

LIVE on KAUAI – SOLD OUT

March 11th – April 15th

(six consecutive weeks)


Nine writers creating together

6:30 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.
[on the north shore of Kaua‘i]

$190

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