Overland Park, KS: Voices of the Holocaust

February 15, 2019 - 9:30am
Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty
Overland Park, KS

9:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 15 – March 1 (Fridays) through the Osher Institute

The Holocaust has so many told and untold stories that show us more of what humans are capable of at our worst and our best. This class investigates the stories of multiple victims and survivors, focusing most on what survivors show us-after losing their families, communities, and whole way of life-about making and finding resilience, courage, and meaning. We’ll also learn more about Jewish life in Europe before WWII, the incremental evolution of the Holocaust (including ghettos and concentration camps), and-drawing from memoirs, films, and interviews-we’ll learn about survivor legacies.

Registration and fee required. More info. here.

Hutchinson, KS: Visiting Writer at Hutchinson Community College

March 14, 2019
Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson, Kansas

Caryn will visit some classes and give a reading from Miriam’s Well — open to the public — at HCC. Details to be announced.

Emporia, KS: Visiting Writer at Emporia State University

March 21, 2019
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS

Come hear Caryn read from her new novel, Miriam’s Well. Details coming.

Springfield, N.J.: Miriam's Well Reading at Temple Sha-arey Shalom

March 29, 2019 - 8:00pm
Temple Sha'arey Shalom, 78 South Springfield Ave
Springfield, N.J.

Come listen to New Jersey native and former Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg share a reading from her novel, MIRIAM’S WELL, followed by a lively discussion on Midrash and mythology in our lives. The reading will follow services, which begin at 8 p.m. All are welcome! Books will be available for sale at a discounted price of $20 (for those not writing checks on Shabbat, you may bring a previously-written check to Caryn, fill out a form to be billed after Shabbat, or prepay via Paypal).

For more information on the temple, please see, and for more information on Miriam’s Well, please see

Lawrence, KS: Brave Voice on the Prairie

April 13, 2019 - 10:00am
Private home near Lawrence, KS (directions will be sent to you)
Lawrence, KS

Join us for a Brave Voice retreat on the prairie at a private home just south of Lawrence, Kansas. We’ll write, sing, and otherwise explore and celebrate what we have to say to ourselves and the world. The home has comfortable corners, tables, and perches where you can write indoors as well as a large deck and screened porch for outdoor writing, and weather-permitting, Ken Lassman, author of Wild Douglas County, will lead a short nature walk in this prairie oasis. The day culminates in a collaborate private performance of original songs and poetry by Kelley & Caryn, and a Coffeehouse of Wonder, which gives you the opportunity to share writing or music you’ve created.

The retreat includes two delicious and healthy meals (gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options available if needed), a tea in late afternoon with lovely treats, ample creative prompts and inspirations, and a 15-minute coaching session with either Kelley or Caryn.

Registration details here. Note: as of 1/10, we have one opening available, and we will be offering a Kansas City Brave Voice one-day event this June (details coming soon; you can also email Caryn to be notified when it launches).

Eudora, KS: Triumph Over Terror: How Two Men Survived Nazi Horrors

April 16, 2019 - 2:00pm
Eudora Senior Center, 706 Main St
Eudora, KS

2-4 p.m., April 16, 23, and 30 (Tuesdays) through the Osher Institute

Two Holocaust survivors, one a young Jewish boy, the other a Catholic teenage Polish Resistance fighter, would meet years later as professors at KU and form a strong friendship. The story of Lou Frydman explores the Holocaust and his eyewitness account of Jewish resistance in the concentration camps. Jarek Piekalkiewicz’s story as a Polish Resistance fighter illustrates the mistakes, triumphs, history and organization of the Polish Resistance-the most effective underground movement to challenge the Nazis. We’ll also discuss what it means to lose not just one’s family, but one’s whole community and way of life, and the subsequent challenge of creating a new life in a new land.

Registration and fee required.  More info. here.

Manhattan, KS: Poetry, Sense of Place and the Prairie: Reading and Writing Our Way Home

May 2, 2019 - 6:30pm
Meadowlark Hills, 2121 Meadowlark Dr.
Manhattan, KS

6:30-8:30 p.m., May 2, 9, and 16 (Thursdays) through the Osher Institute

Kansas poets have long helped us fully see our home in the earth and sky, the tallgrass prairies of the eastern part of our state and rock formations in the West. We’ll draw from many Kansas writers, including William Stafford, Denise Low, Harley Elliott, Jonathan Holden, Elizabeth Dodd, Brian Daldorph and Gordon Parks, investigating what these writers show us about where we live.We’ll also discuss and write about (in short, easy exercises) how sense of place informs how we live and who we are. (Please bring a journal or notebook.)

Registration and fee required. More info. here.

A Leap Forward Writing Retreat

May 4, 2019 - 10:00am
Private home near Lawrence, KS (directions will be sent to you)
Lawrence, KS

Saturday, May 4, 2019

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

at a private home in the country near Lawrence, Kansas

$90 includes retreat, delicious food, a handout of

writing prompts & tools, and a mini coaching session

Have a project – a book, an essay, a story, a poem, a song or two – that you need time and support to work on or finish? This one-day writing retreat can help you find your voice, groove, and direction, plus get a fresh perspective and some strong writing done. Come to a peaceful place where you can write in concert with others doing the same.

See all the details here.

Kansas City, MO: Poetry Playhouse Workshop

May 14, 2019 - 6:30pm
The Story Center, 8900 NE Flintlock Road
Kansas City, MO

Poetry Playhouse: Exploring the World of Poetry – 6:30-8:30, Tues., May 14

Our lives offer us ample material for poetry, which we can envision as a poetry playhouse: writing about family in the living room, food and sustenance in the kitchen, dreams in the bedroom, memories in the basement, and ancestors in the attic. In this innovative workshop, drawing on an ample handout with writing prompts for all the rooms of our poetry playhouses, we’ll explore the power of original images and strong rhythms to bring a poem alive, how to work with lines and forms, and touch on ideas and approaches for revision. Where you’re a seasoned poet looking to spark your writing or someone drawn to explore the power of poetry, you’ll find ample inspiration, ideas, approaches, and a welcoming community in this workshop.

Council Grove, KS: Brave Voice: Writing & Singing For Your Life

May 19, 2019
May 24, 2019
White Memorial Camp
Council Grove, Kansas

Join us Sunday, May 19-24, 2019 for six days of immersing yourself into your creative spirit in the heart of the Flint Hills near Council Grove, KS. This is a great retreat for writers (of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, journalism, memoir, etc.), or musicians of any kind, or anyone who wants to start writing and/of making music. Mornings are devoted to writing, songwriting and singing workshops (no experience necessary); afternoons for relaxing, wandering, getting a massage, creating art, music and writing; and evenings for inspiring performances. White Memorial Camp is on a peninsula in the middle of Council Grove lake, surrounded by hills and sky. Click here for more information.  Brave Voice 2019 is sold out; to be placed on a waiting list and to learn of other Brave Voice events, please contact Caryn.

Kansas City, MO & Online: Right Livelihood Professional Training

June 27, 2019
September 20, 2019
Unity Village, KCMO, and online and by video
Wherever you are!

The Transformative Language Arts Network’s Right Livelihood Professional Training with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Laura Packer offers writers, storytellers, performers, coaches, facilitations, and others in the arts a pathway to make a living in concert with their callings and communities. 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 100-hour training includes a weekend retreat in Kansas City June 27-30; an in-depth online class; video-conferencing with guest teachers; and a closing session at the 2019 Power of Words in September (may attend remotely).

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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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