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

 

This Issue: The Universe & You

Dark Matter & Stardust: a Memoir writing workshop

Science and Story –  a Hunger for Truth


In the past 10 years, scientists around the world made more progress than any other time in history toward understanding the human body, our planet, and the cosmos that surrounds us. Scientific researchers rely on observation and experimentation, which are the same two critical elements that make a good story.

For years scientists and poets have collaborated and fueled each other – it’s as if the biggest questions and discoveries of the universe keep expanding our personal narrative. Questions are the premise of good science and good storytelling.  When we are curious about the universe and our place in it, our stories reflect that – they become layered works of art.

Maria Popova said, “to see the world beyond the skies is to know the mind behind the eyes.” And to know the mind behind the eyes is how we dive deeper in the meaning in our life stories.

Poet Diane Ackerman  writes “We cup our ears to the heavens. We are listening. We are listening to a sound beyond us, beyond sound.”

Through science, we discover the

mastery of the universe

and therefore expand our personal discoveries –

because the stars are out there, they have something to tell you

and you have something to tell them.”

Inspiration – how Science & Story are linked


When I was a child, I turned to two places for answers  – the night sky and books about real people. I knew somehow the night sky and the people who came before me were deeply interconnected.  And I’m sure this is why my library is filled with science books, poetry and memoirs, and why I teach writers to dig deeper into their truths, which is directly connected to the truths of the universe.  When I was addressing God, I knew I was addressing something infinite, something that perhaps lived inside a mathematical equation, looked like the number of days it took a salmon to spawn, the distance of the moon from earth, or the number of notes in whale song.   I knew my whole life was part of something so intricate that science, faith and story would guide me to answers.

Rachel Carson, in her book The Edge of the Sea wrote “The meaning haunts us and ever eludes us, and in its very pursuit we approach the ultimate mystery of Life itself”.

Science, poetry, and real stories by real people like you remain my guiding creative light.

Curriculum for this course will come from inspiration gathered from collaborations between scientists and poets and my extensive library collection.

“Any good poet, in our age at least,

must begin with the scientific view

of the world; and any scientist worth

listening to must be something of a

poet, must possess the ability to

communicate to the rest of us his sense

of love and wonder

at what his work discovers.

 

— Edward Abbey, The Journey Home

Science topics explored in the course
to expand personal narrative:

 

•   DNA & Our Evolving Human-ness

 

•   The Illusion of Time & Memory

 

•   The Rapidly Expanding Universe & You

 

•   Waves – Wave Particles & Ocean Waves

 

•   Why Numbers Matter – Math and Story

 

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 Quantum Physics


In each class we will explore poetry and art inspired by scientific discoveries.  This is not an academic course – it’s a course to help you spread your descriptive wings and 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 earth, infinity, time, space and of course – the night sky.

Pattiann Rogers asks the important question-

 

“Who can envision all of heaven trembling?”

 

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

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

Jan. 9 — Feb. 13

(six consecutive weeks)


Nine writers creating together

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

$220

TUESDAY

Online – SOLD OUT

Jan. 13 – Feb. 18

(six consecutive weeks)


Nine writers creating together

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

$220

SUNDAY

Online – SOLD OUT

Jan. 12 – Feb. 16

(six consecutive weeks)


Nine writers creating together

10:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.
[Pacific Time]

$220

WEDNESDAY – SOLD OUT

Live on Kauai

Jan. 15 – Feb 19

(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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