Events

Send Miriam's Well on Tour!

Help me bring Miriam's Well: A Modern Day Exodus, my forthcoming novel full of music, meals, and miracles to you through a book tour across the United States. There's great perks -- copies of the novel, bundles of books, even poems or a song written for you at the Indiegogo Campaign.

Upcoming Events

March 3, 2018 - 12:00pm
Transformative Language Arts Network, video conference
March 17, 2018 - 11:00am
Turning Point: The Center for Hope & Healing, 8900 State Line Rd.
Leawood, Kansas
April 28, 2018 - 4:00pm
Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.
Lawrence, Kansas
April 28, 2018 -
Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation, 917 Highland Ave.
Lawrence, Kansas
May 6, 2018 -
May 12, 2018
White Memorial Camp
Council Grove, KS
June 2, 2018 - 2:00pm
The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, MO
June 2, 2018 -
The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, MO
June 7, 2018 -
October 12, 2018
Unity Village in Kansas City MO, Goddard College in Vermont, and your home!
June 23, 2018 - 2:00pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library 1515 SW 10th Ave
Topeka, Kansas
June 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
Temple Beth Shalom, 4200 SW Munson
Topeka, Kansas

Life and Livelihood Small Group Coaching

March 3, 2018 - 12:00pm
Transformative Language Arts Network, video conference

March 3, 12  p.m. CST/ 11 1.m. MST/ 10 1.m. PST/ 1 p.m. EST.

Work with storyteller and consultant Laura Packer and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg in a 90-minute small group coaching session. Discuss what you’re looking for in your vocation and avocation and hear about other’s passions. Each participant will have time to ask a question and listen to Laura and Caryn’s suggestions on making a living, balancing work and life, connecting with community, and other aspects of doing our life’s work for each member of the group. You can also learn more about the Right Livelihood Professional Training that Laura and Caryn are giving, starting next June — more here on that. Sign up at the Transformative Language Arts Network here. Cost is only $9.99.

Springing Into Our Stories

March 17, 2018 - 11:00am
Turning Point: The Center for Hope & Healing, 8900 State Line Rd.
Leawood, Kansas

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come celebrate the greening up of our world through a community writing workshop in which we lean into what’s blossoming in our lives and experiences. We’ll draw on short, focused writing prompts to open the door to whatever we’re most ready to put into words, whether it comes in the form of poems, stories, letters, or dialogues. All who write or want to start writing are welcome! Please bring a pen, pad, and if you wish (not required) a snack to share. Sponsored by Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing, this is a free workshop for people living with serious illness as patients or caregivers, and registration is required. To register, contact Turning Point here, or call at 913/574-0900.

Writing the Tree of Life: Midrash and Personal Mythology To Re-Vision Our Lives

April 28, 2018 - 4:00pm
Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.
Lawrence, Kansas

4-6 p.m. What can we learn about your own lives and legacies from seeing old stories with new eyes? Midrash is the Hebrew tradition of re-interpreting and re-visioning our guiding myths and messages to foster greater meaning, freedom, and authenticity. This practice is rooted in the understanding that the Torah, a holy book in Judaism, “….is a tree of life, and a tree can stay alive only if it grows,” explains writer Alicia Ostriker. We’ll look at and write from new angles about guiding myths and narratives in our lives through innovative writing prompts, discussion, humor, and insights that lead you into poetry, fiction, songs. In the process, find new branches and blossoms into who you are, how you live, and how you can help your community re-vision their stories. This workshop is based on Caryn’s new novel, Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus. (Painting is cover art for Miriam’s Well.)

Sponsored by the Lawrence Public Library. Please also join us at the book launch on Sat., April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation (sponsored by Lawrence Public Library and the the LJCC).

Miriam's Well Book Launch: Havdalah, Reading, & Reception

April 28, 2018
Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation, 917 Highland Ave.
Lawrence, Kansas

Join Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for her official book launch of her new novel, Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus, featuring a special Havdalah Service, a very short (10 minute) Jewish service (singing, and awakening our senses) to usher in the new week, followed by a vibrant reading from the novel. We’ll conclude with a book signing, delicious Jewish desserts and savories to enjoy together, and time to visit and make new friends. The reception will feature dishes from novel (which includes 35 pages of recipes), including pies from Ladybird Diner, and appetizers and desserts from Nancy O’Connor’s Rolling Prairie Cookbook, Jayni and Frank Carey’s The New Kansas Cookbook, and Janet Majure’s Come Into My Kitchen.

Please also join us at the companion writing workshop, “Writing the Tree of Life: Midrash and Personal Mythology To Re-Vision Our Lives” 4-6 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.

Sponsored by the Lawrence Public Library and Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation.

Brave Voice: Writing and Singing for Your Life

May 6, 2018
May 12, 2018
White Memorial Camp
Council Grove, KS

Please join us for a soulful, invigorating and life-changing 6-day retreat — May 6-11, 2018 — to dive into writing, singing, and songwriting, and surface with new work, collaborative creations, a community that supports your artistic development, and a renewed vision of your life (Retreat schedule).  This will be our 13th annual event, which has changed lives for the better all along the way. Total cost of the retreat, all meals, and five night’s lodging: $880.  (shuttle available from Kansas City International Airport).

Writing the Tree of Life: Midrash and Personal Mythology To Re-Vision Our Lives

June 2, 2018 - 2:00pm
The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, MO

2-4 p.m. Midrash is the Hebrew tradition of re-interpreting and re-visioning our guiding myths and messages to foster greater meaning, freedom, and authenticity. This practice is rooted in the understanding that the Torah, a holy book in Judaism, “….is a tree of life, and a tree can stay alive only if it grows,” explains writer Alicia Ostriker. We’ll look at and write from new angles about guiding myths and narratives in our lives through innovative writing prompts, discussion, humor, and insights that lead you into poetry, fiction, songs. In the process, find new branches and blossoms into who you are, how you live, and how you can help your community re-vision their stories. This workshop is based on Caryn’s new novel, Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus. Registration required at The Writers Place.

Cover art for Miriam’s Well (featured here) by Anne Burkholder.

Miriam's Well Reading & Reception

June 2, 2018
The Writers Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave
Kansas City, MO

Join Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for her Kansas City book launch of her new novel, Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus. We’ll conclude with a book signing, delicious Jewish desserts and savories to enjoy together, and time to visit and make new friends. You might also want to come earlier to a companion writing workshop to this book, “Writing the Tree of Life: Midrash and Personal Mythology To Re-Vision Our Lives,” 2-4 p.m. at The Writers Place. (registration required for workshop).

A bit about Miriam’s Well: In this modern day retelling of the Exodus, Miriam wanders the political and spiritual desert of a changing America, torn between her roots as the Jewish daughter of a Black father and white mother, her yearning for home, and her brothers Aaron and Moses. An astonishing cook and singer, Miriam has a knack for showing up to feed and help people at at landmark events, including People’s Park during the Summer of Love, the Wounded Knee encampment in South Dakota, the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, the Oklahoma City terrorist attack, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina. As she seeks the promised land, she shows her people, and eventually herself, how to turn the chaos and despair of our times into music, meals, and miracles. The novel also includes over 35 pages of real recipes from the fictional cooking and baking Miriam does throughout the book.

Right Livelihood Professional Training with Laura Packer & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg.

June 7, 2018
October 12, 2018
Unity Village in Kansas City MO, Goddard College in Vermont, and your home!

This training, hosted by the Transformative Language Arts Network, is for people seeking to make a living from writing, storytelling, performing, coaching, facilitation, and. Participants will create a sustainable marketing plan, explore funding and partnership opportunities, practice ongoing self-care, and find community support through fellow practitioners and mentors. Unlike cookie-cutter career programs, this visionary training guides you toward what constellation of vocation works best for you now, and when the path meanders, whether you’re leaping into a new career or form of service or developing your new work while keeping your current job. This 110-hour training begins with a long weekend workshop June 7-10 at Unity Village in Kansas City, MO., and continues June – September with online study and community support, video conferences with entrepreneurs and leaders in the field, and individual consultations, all culminating in a seminar October 12, 2018  at Goddard College in Vermont Oct. 12-14, 2018 (training ends prior to the Power of Words conference). The training also includes special discounts on and a toolkit of resources for planning, marketing, further training, and next steps. Much more here.

Listen to a podcast about this training here, or watch a video about it all here. 

Writing the Tree of Life: Midrash and Personal Mythology To Re-Vision Our Lives

June 23, 2018 - 2:00pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library 1515 SW 10th Ave
Topeka, Kansas

2-4 p.m. Midrash is the Hebrew tradition of re-interpreting and re-visioning our guiding myths and messages to foster greater meaning, freedom, and authenticity. This practice is rooted in the understanding that the Torah, a holy book in Judaism, “….is a tree of life, and a tree can stay alive only if it grows,” explains writer Alicia Ostriker. We’ll look at and write from new angles about guiding myths and narratives in our lives through innovative writing prompts, discussion, humor, and insights that lead you into poetry, fiction, songs. In the process, find new branches and blossoms into who you are, how you live, and how you can help your community re-vision their stories. This workshop — which runs from 2-4 p.m. — is based on Caryn’s new novel, Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus.

Come join us for the Topeka book launch for Miriam’s Well  at Temple Beth Shalom, 4200 SW Munson Ave. Topeka at 7 p.m. Details here.

Cover art for Miriam’s Well (featured here) by Anne Burkholder.

Miriam's Well Reading, Havdalah Service, and Reception

June 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
Temple Beth Shalom, 4200 SW Munson
Topeka, Kansas

Join Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for her Topeka book launch of her new novel, Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus, featuring a special Havdah Service, a very short (10 minute) Jewish service (singing, and awakening our senses) to usher in the new week, followed by a vibrant reading from the novel. We’ll conclude with a book signing, delicious Jewish desserts and savories to enjoy together, and time to visit and make new friends.

A bit about Miriam’s Well: In this modern day retelling of the Exodus, Miriam wanders the political and spiritual desert of a changing America, torn between her roots as the Jewish daughter of a Black father and white mother, her yearning for home, and her brothers Aaron and Moses. An astonishing cook and singer, Miriam has a knack for showing up to feed and help people at at landmark events, including People’s Park during the Summer of Love, the Wounded Knee encampment in South Dakota, the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco, the Oklahoma City terrorist attack, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina. As she seeks the promised land, she shows her people, and eventually herself, how to turn the chaos and despair of our times into music, meals, and miracles. The novel also includes over 35 pages of real recipes from the fictional cooking and baking Miriam does throughout the book.

Please also join us at the companion writing workshop, “Writing the Tree of Life: Midrash and Personal Mythology To Re-Vision Our Lives” 2-4 p.m. at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th St., Topeka.

Miriam's Well Reading at Café Ohev

July 8, 2018 - 10:00am
Temple Ohev Shalom, 5711 W. 75th St.
Prairie Village, KS 66208

Join Caryn for brunch and a reading from Miriam’s Well at Temple Ohev Shalom’s Café Ohev. You can either come at 10:30 for the reading, or enjoy a full breakfast at 10 a.m. for $7. The reading will be followed by time for questions, answers, and discussion, and also a book-signing.

 

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Find Your Brave Voice: Join Kelley Hunt and Caryn for their annual Brave Voice: Writing & Singing for Your Life retreat each May in the glorious Flint Hills of Kansas. More here.

Coach with Caryn: Caryn offers coaching on writing, the writing life, and right livelihood. More here.

Create Your Own Right Livelihood Through the Arts in the Transformative Language Arts Network's Right Livelihood Professional Training with Laura Packer and Caryn, launching June - October, 2018. More here.

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