Love is Critical to Every Story

Love is the most powerful, all encompassing human emotion, and yet so often difficult to capture in story. It’s a primary as oxygen to our survival and as expansive as the ocean. As writers, we are Love Warriors – and it’s our duty to bring love into our stories – not just romantic love, but love of earth, love of self, love of our animal families and love of each other. Without love, we have no hope – without hope, we have no story.

In the next Second Saturday montly series, we will be writing about all aspects of  love – romantic and parental, even love of self. During our first class, we will explore writing love’s beginning – with a partner, a friend, a loved one or a child.   This could be a birth scene, a flirt scene, or the beginning of a long friendship.

If you are working on a book, or any story that has all the aspects of Love’s Journey (the glory, the sorrow, the adventure, the letting go, love again), talking this whole series will help you write into all elements of the story line.

If you are practicing at writing, there is no better topic to practice with than love. Beginners and advanced writers will all benefit from the inspiration and exercises in this series.

 

“A generous heart is always open,

always ready to receive our going and coming.

In the midst of such love we need never fear abandonment.

This is the most precious gift true love offers the experience of knowing we always belong..”

-Bell Hooks

Inspiration From Memoir & Poetry

In this next workshop, students will receive work from memoirists and poets around each theme in the course – and writers will also learn to play with craft exercises to enrich their stories and enhance the connection between author and reader. There is nothing more daring than writing about love –  inside love we find our sparkling truths and our fears become so small they are a marble in our hands, then slip through our fingers and are gone. Writers will create their life and love stories using a fresh, new perspective, pulling inspiration from poetry, philosophy and contemporary writers who are changing the literary landscape.

 

The wind was shaking me all night long;

shaking me in my sleep

like a definition of love 

saying, this is the moment,

here, now.

-Ruth Stone

Literature used for this course include the following books:

Love Topics explored in the next six-week course include*:

THE BEGINNING – Saturday, April 13

All love has a beginning – maybe it’s the birth of a child, the moment you meet your best friend, or the first time you laid eyes on a partner. In film and romance novels, the Meet Cute is the moment you meet the person you will be writing your story about – it could be a child, a romantic partner, a best friend. In this class we will read Meet Cutes from novels, plays and poetry as inspiration.

NO TURNING BACK – IN LOVE – Saturday, May 11 

In this class we will write to the moment is when you are all in, you know there is no turning around – you have given your heart, your time and your attention to the person or thing that you love.

THE BODY & LOVE – Saturday, June 8th

We inhabit bodies, and bodies are part of love. How do we write to the body and incorporate it into our stories?  Bodies are awkward, sexy, and they break and age. If we are women, we might carry another life inside of us. This week we will learn how to incorporate the body into all our stories – the sexy, the awkward, the broken and the aging, what do our bodies say about love? 

SMOULDERING – Saturday, July 13th

The body craves – it smolders, has fire, and that fire can ignite or burn. Our smoldering selves sometimes rage, sometimes make bad choices and sometimes slip and slide through sexuality. This class we will explore sexuality in story, passion in relationships, and the fires in us that lead us to our passions in life.

BREAKING – Saturday, August 10th

Love breaks us and love heals us, and when it breaks, it can break through death of a partner, death of a relationship, or death of a way of life with the person we love.  It’s hard to see breaking has its gifts in this moment of the journey. In this week we are learning to write about the scenes and moments when love breaks.

LOVE AGAIN – Saturday, September 14th

If we bypass the grief, we won’t learn to love again. In this class, we will explore any return to love, including the return to self love and self acceptance. Life and Love always finds us again, even though we think we aren’t ready, the time comes when we take life back into our hands and love Again.

 

*Topics subject to modification

Writing deeper into Love through Craft  

The way we experience story is evolving with the language needed for the world we live inside. By participating in this live 6-week class series, you will have the opportunity to explore your story through the lens of love. 

LEARN IN A LARGE GROUP, BREAKING INTO SMALL GROUPS

Joining this writing community is like joining a family of writers who support and nourish your creative process. Each MONTH, writers take the live online class with writers from all over the world,  writing together and sharing  stories in a 2 1/2 hour class.

Writers work closely together for six weeks, deeply bonding and supporting each other’s creative growth.

If anyone has to miss a week, they will receive the class in Power Point. Writers learn from the curriculum, but also from the positive  feedback received from other writers.  When we focus on what is good in writing, we develop an ear for inviting more of what is good.

CREATE CONTENT FOR A BODY OF WORK

This six month course is especially compelling if you are working on a book, blog, poetry or a series of essays.  It’s a wonderful way to explore an event and learn how step by step to be in a deeper discovery for yourself and the readers.

Every writer in this group is respected and honored, so that not just the story is honored, but the whole process of writing a story or poem is honored.

Many of our students have gone on to publication through this process of writing every week, and many of our writers are authors writing beside writers who are new to the practice. We all learn from each other’s work each week, and this course will help every writer go deeper to gain new perspectives for the sake of creating compelling work and upleveling the craft of storytelling and poetry.

 

INSPIRATION TO WRITE BOLD

This six- month, monthly series has been developed to inspire writers to go deepear into their personal truths and philosophies, by looking at memoirs breaking literary rules and inspiring us to explore the canvas of our stories through inspiring techniques and writing prompts.

Writers receive literary inspiration, followed by writing warmups in the form of list making. Pre-writing exercises lead us into a longer thirteen minute write.

After we write, we share our stories and deeply listen with positive feedback.  Writers become part of a private Facebook writing community with other writers taking the same curriculum, where all writers have the opportunity to post their work and receive and offer feedback throughout the six week course.

 

Writing Teacher, Author & Founder of LITerati Academy: Laura Lentz

LAURA LENTZ is the author of STORYquest, the Writer, the Hero, the Journey, and  Freeing the Turkeys. She is the founder of Literati Academy, an international online writing community. Laura is a freelance writer, teacher, and editor. She develops themed curriculum designed to inspire writers to create awe-inspiring stories and poetry.

Online writing workshops include small intimate private online discussions with award winning guest authors, poets and educators.
Laura is available for speaking engagements and freelance writing. Her essays are available for reprint with permission request to Laurawriter@me.com. Please give two to three weeks response time.

Laura is on the faculty of the Kauai Writers Conference. The classes are online and weekly in her living room on Kauai – also available as a master class retreat at the 2024 Kauai Writers Conference.

REGISTER FOR WHOLE SERIES

(BELOW FOR INDIVIDUAL CLASSES)

LOVE & EROS

6-month series

4/13, 5/11, 6/08, 7/13, 08/10, 9/14*

(Second Saturday of every month)

$247.00

*Sign up for this whole series

and work with the same writers each month

Contact Laurawriter@me.com  if you have any questions

BEGINNINGS 

Saturday, April 13th 

with Laura Lentz

10:30 a.m. PST
Class is 2 1/2 hours –

 


                                            $43.                                        

NO TURNING BACK

Saturday, May 11

w/ Laura Lentz

10:30 a.m. PST

Class is 2 1/2 hours


$43.00

THE BODY & LOVE

Saturday, June 8th 

w/ Laura Lentz

10:30 am PST

Class is 2 1/2 hours –

 ______________________

 

$43.00

SMOLDERING

Saturday,  July 8th 

w/ Laura Lentz

10:30 am PST

Class is 2 1/2 hours –

______________________

$43.00

BREAKING (GRIEF)

Saturday,  Aug. 10th 

w/ Laura Lentz

10:30 am PST

Class is 2 1/2 hours –

 ________________

 

$43.00

LOVE AGAIN

Saturday,  Sept. 14th 

w/ Laura Lentz

10:30 am PST

Class is 2 1/2 hours –

_________________

$43.00