Events

Lawrence, KS: Writing the Tree of Life Workshop

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

Writing the Tree of Life: Midrash and Personal Mythology To Re-Vision Our Lives: 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.) More about the novel here.

Sponsored by the Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation, The Merc, and The Raven Bookstore.

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).

Please sign up to get your ticket (workshop is free, space is limited)

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

April 28, 2018 - 7:30pm
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 led by Susan Elkins and Jack Winerock, 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 fromLadybird 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. More about the novel here.

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, Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation, The Merc, and The Raven Bookstore.

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 for Renewal and Remembering

May 19, 2018 - 11:00am
Turning Point: The Center for Hope & Healing, 8900 State Line Rd.
Leawood, Kansas

Come join us for a springtime writing retreat to unearth stories of meaning, joy, and vitality as we use the practice to honor where we’ve been and who are we. Using short, innovative, and friendly writing prompts, we’ll write whatever we wish about our stories and visions, and together, find greater support and community for our writing and our lives. All living with serious illness — as patients and/or caregivers — are welcome. Because we eat as we write, please feel free to bring a snack to share if you wish, and of course, please bring paper or a journal. This workshop is free, but pre-registration is absolutely required: please contact Turning Point here, or call at 913/574-0900.

Kansas City, MO: Writing the Tree of Life Workshop

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

Writing the Tree of Life: Midrash and Personal Mythology To Re-Vision Our Lives – 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. More about the novel here. Registration required at The Writers Place.

Kansas City, MO: Miriam's Well Reading & Reception

June 2, 2018 - 4:30pm
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 treats together, and time to visit and make new friends. The 40 minute reading will be followed by the reception.

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). More about the novel here.

Poetry Playhouse: Online Class at the Loft Literary Center

June 6, 2018
August 8, 2018
The Loft Literary Center
Online (can do it from anywhere)

Online class you can do from anywhere!

Enter the poetry playhouse to explore, experiment, play, rest, unearth, and renovate your writing while homing in on your increased capacity to create, craft, and revise your poetry. We’ll draw on innovative writing prompts (including poems, questions, videos and guidance for creating your own bag of tricks all life long) to access poetic material from the interior rooms and external spaces of your life.

 

Each week will focus on writing about a different room in the poetry playhouse, from the family room (writing childhood), through the bedroom (writing about dreams and the dark), to the front porch (writing in community). In each class session, we will explore new poetic forms (such as pantoums, or a group renga), as well as craft, intention, and revision. We will then turn to a featured poet to learn more opportunities for our own work through his/her poetry, interviews, and approaches. Finally, we’ll be sure to leave time to meditate on the challenges and miracles of being a workaday writer.

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 others. 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. 

Topeka, KS: Writing the Tree of Life Workshop

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

Writing the Tree of Life: Midrash and Personal Mythology To Re-Vision Our Lives, 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. More about the novel here.

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.

Topeka, KS: Miriam's Well Reading, Havdalah Service, and Reception

June 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
Temple Beth Sholom, 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 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. More about the novel here.

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.

Oklahoma City: Writing the Tree of Life

June 30, 2018 - 10:00am
Temple B'Nai Israel, 4901 N. Pennsylvania
Oklahoma City, OK

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. Workshop is followed by lunch featuring recipes from Miriam’s Well.

Wichita, KS: Miriam's Well Reading

June 30, 2018 - 4:00pm
Watermark Bookstore, 4701 E. Douglas
Wichita, KS 67218

Join Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for her Wichita book launch of her new novel, Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus, at the fabulous independent bookstore, Watermark. Refreshments available at the cafe, and time to visit about Miriam and her journey.

Prairie Village, KS: 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. More about the novel here. 

 

Minneapolis: Miriam's Well Reading & Party

July 13, 2018 - 7:00pm
Mojo Coffee Gallery, 2205 California St.
Minneapolis, MN

Join Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for the Minnesota launch of Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus,featuring delicious Jewish desserts and savories from the book at one of the most original and artistic places in the Twin Cities: Mojo Coffee Gallery.

Writer in Residence

September 13, 2018 - 4:00pm
Washburn University
Topeka, Kansas

Caryn will do a reading from Miriam’s Well at 4 p.m. at Washburn University after visiting a fiction-writing class. Details tba.

Writer in Residence

September 20, 2018
Benedictine College
Atchison, KS

Caryn will visit classes and do a reading from Miriam’s Well. Details to be announced.

Miriam's Well Reading & Dinner

September 27, 2018 - 6:30pm
Basehor Community Library 1400 158th St.
Basehor, Kansas

Come to a dinner-reading, a little like dinner theater for books! Caryn will read from Miriam’s Well and discuss writing about 50-plus years of America history and mythology while telling the story of Miriam finding her people, place, and purpose. The library will provide a special dinner featuring recipes from the novel. More about the book here. 

Montpelier, VT: Miriam's Well Reading

October 11, 2018 - 7:00pm
Kellogg Hubbard Library, 135 Main St.
Montpelier, Vermont

Join Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for her Montpelier book launch of her new novel, Miriam’s Well: A Modern Day Exodus.  This event is co-sponsored by the Kellogg Hubbard Library and Temple Beth Jacob in Montpelier, Vermont. Bear Pond Books, one of the great independent book stores, will be there to sell books too.

 

Writing Jewish: KU Jewish Studies Symposium

October 21, 2018 - 10:00am
Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation, 917 Highland Ave.
Lawrence, Kansas

Writing Midrash: Miracles, Mysteries, and Meanings (workshop) and From Jonah’s Tree to Miriam’s Well: A Writer’s Midrash Journey (keynote talk): Join us for a day-long symposium featuring multiple speakers and recipes from Miriam’s Well.

Madison, WI: Miriam's Well Reading & Havdalah Service

October 27, 2018 - 7:30pm
Beth Israel Center, 1406 Mound St.
Madison, Wisconsin

Join Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for her Topeka 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. More about the novel here

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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.

Earn Your MA at the Goddard Graduate Institute where Caryn and other fine people teach, guiding students in self-designed, low-residency (study from your home community, and attend two week-long residencies each year) degrees in Transformative Language Arts, Health Arts & Sciences, Social Innovation and Sustainability, Consciousness Studies, and Individualized Studies. More here.