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

 

This Issue: The Universe & You

The Grace of the World: A memoir writing workshop

Isn’t it Time?


Isn’t it time we wrote our stories and included earth in those stories –  the tall guinea grass, the trees like soldiers,  the crab apple tree that didn’t bloom until a beloved cat was buried under it, the ocean tides that taught you about your own rhythms, the thorny blackberry bushes that were worth the wounds for the sweet?

Isn’t it time we explored our Hero’s journey beside the Hero’s Journey of earth and recognized we could not have one without the other?

Earth’s obstacles live side by side with our obstacles; our inability to breathe may have to do with her inability to breathe.

My next 6-week writing workshop, beginning April and early May


In my next 6-week writing workshop, we will bring breath back into our stories – invite earth and elements of the natural world into our life stories, learning to tell our stories with nature as a backdrop, as metaphor, a teacher, a sage –  an essential element in all our life stories.

 

“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.

I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche.

I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens,

and get as near the heart of the world as I can.”

― John Muir

 

Earth as the Stage for great storytelling


I remember kissing the ground so many times as a small child, putting my lips and my mouth to the earth and kissing her, hugging the peeling white birch trees on my front lawn, and my mother singing to the spiders. The mockingbird who sang to us every time we made love in the yellow house where love died and love bloomed again.

The weeping willow tree holding shelter for my adolescent tears.

The Shama bird who sings I love your baby too when it lands on the stroller, each time I pull out of the driveway with Mika.

What if we told our life stories with the earth as a backdrop, with the earth and all her glory, birds become essential to our story, and all that orbits earth also orbits us?

What if you tell a story of how a horse witnessed your transformation, how the ocean taught you everything you needed to know, how the earthquakes, the tsunamis , the hurricanes and the fires you survived humbled you and taught you your greatest lessons?

 

“The orchid says thank you, thank you

when I attach it to the trunk of a tree,

and it wraps itself 

it’s color deepening with ever re-bloom.

The woman learned to re-bloom from the orchid

allowing her beauty to deepen with age.”

 

 

Calling all Earth Lovers & Memoir Writers


In this groundbreaking course, designed for the times, we will craft our life stories with and through the natural world we inhabit.

City dweller?  It’s okay, I always say I have a little concrete in my soul. The city swallows me in her neon and flashing, but so do the Cherry blossom trees in Central Park, the crisp clean, exhaust free air after a storm, the fig tree to the entrance of an apartment building.

What if the natural world was a teacher, a guide, a metaphor?  Always there for you?

What if weaving your stories together begins to expand your story and together our stories begin to heal the planet?

Earth-Writers – Inspiration for this Course:

Recently I purchased a used book published in 1959 – Conversations with Earth, by Hans Cloos, which is like a love letter to earth told by a geologist who traveled the world trying to understand her landscape.

When the book arrived, the cover had disintegrated, and when I opened the book and read the first paragraph, I cried. Han Cloos, along with Rachel Carson, Mary Oliver, Haunani-Kay Trask, Louise Gluck, Annie Dillard, David Whyte and M.S. Merwin, will be brought into this class as inspiration, while we explore our stories through the lens of the natural world.

It was during my enchanted days of travel

 that the idea came to

which, through the years,

has come into my thoughts again and again and

always happily –

the idea that geology is the music of the earth.”

— Hans Cloos

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.

 

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting it lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”

 

Included in 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, STORYquest, 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 and in Literati Academy’s online magazine exclusively written by Literati Academy’s writing community in LITerari.us, Laura serves on the faculty of The Kauai Writers Conference 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.

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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 – Sold Out

April 23rd — May 28th

Nine writers creating together

4:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

[Pacific Time]

$220

TUESDAY  – Sold out

April 28th – June 9th

Nine writers creating together

4:00 p.m. PST — 6:00 p.m.

[Pacific Time]

$220

SUNDAY – Sold Out

April 26th – May 31st

Nine writers creating together

10:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m.

[Pacific Time]

$220

WEDNESDAY Evening – Sold Out

April 29th -June 8th

Nine writers creating together

5:30 — 7:30 pm [Hawaii]

8:30 — 10:30 pm [Pacific]

$220

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