Truth to Power: Read & Write Poetry of Change

Self-paced in your own home or travels

Immerse yourself in the poetry of social and personal change through reading the writing of U.S., tribal, and state poets laureate along with historic poets, then responding to innovative writing prompts to create your own poems. You’ll discover worlds of poetry as well as the power of the pen through inspiring essays on the craft and passion of writing powerful poetry, and plenty of videos, podcasts, and links to learn more. Poets include Joy Harjo, Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Grace Paley, Audre Lorde, Walt Whitman, Li-Young Lee, Adrienne Rich, Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Blanco, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Luci Tapahonso, Wendell Berry, W.S. Merwin, William Stafford, and more. You can do this class on your own timeline. More here.

The Art of Facilitating Workshops

April 30, 2022 - 2:00pm
Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow via Zoom

Your love of writing can inspire others to find greater meaning, connection, and joy! It can also help you enhance your livelihood. The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH) is pleased to present an interactive virtual writing workshop instructed by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg and Joy Roulier Sawyer. Facilitation—like writing—is a lifelong art. “The Art of Facilitating Workshops” will give writers the basic tools to develop their own writing workshops. Facilitating writing workshops in your community, school, or college can bring immense satisfaction and a means to earn income. The class fee is $35 per person and all proceeds benefit the WCDH scholarship fund. Register at, emailing, or by calling 479-253-7444.

Leading Better Workshops & Meetings

May 11, 2022 - 7:00pm

Join Joy Roulier Sawyer and me on Wednesday evening, May 11th for this interactive workshop to explore the best practices for effective meetings and creative workshops. We invite you to bring your facilitation questions, whether about workshops, meetings, collaborations, or other projects.We’ll also share more about our Art of Facilitation classes, starting this June. Only $9.99 for our 90-minute session. More here.

Your Calling, Your Writing, Your Life

May 12, 2022 - 1:00pm

Join Kathryn Lorenzen and me to explore what work and writing is calling to you as well as new ways to consider how you can support yourself (creatively and economically) as a writer. We’ll engage with several writing prompts to surface more of what writing and work calls to us, and we’ll discuss possibilities for following our callings and generate greater space for our writing in balance with our livelihoods. This class will be a mixture of lecture, writing, and discussion. This workshop is sponsored by Lighthouse Writers. More here.

Brave Voice: Writing & Singing For Your Life

May 15, 2022
May 20, 2022
White Memorial Camp
Council Grove, Kansas

Please join Kelley Hunt and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for our 17th annual 6-day retreat 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. Meet us in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas with plenty of time and space for you to create, connect, and come home to yourself and your imagination. More at

The Art of Facilitation: Facilitating for Community

June 5, 2022
July 10, 2022
Zoom and online

Join Joy Roulier Sawyer and me for a Zoom-based (and online) class. Creating a hospitable circle is one of the keys to effective facilitation, whether you’re facilitating workshops, meetings, or collaborations. How do we set the table to include all–to foster warmth and connection? In this class, learn techniques and tips for welcoming your participants into a safe and meaningful space. And, as we as facilitators learn to co-create a truly communal setting, we too can often experience deep joy and fulfillment. We skip a week for July 4th. $290. Learn more here.

Your Right Livelihood -- The Retreat

September 30, 2022
October 2, 2022
Unity Village
Kansas City, Missouri

Our annual retreat is a welcome refuge from your workaday world to discover what’s knocking on the door of your life’s work right now, welcome what you’re ready to embrace and put into action. Along the way, you’ll re-visit your callings, then examine and reset goals that fit your life and work now. With your peers, you’ll find greater companionship for the journey as well as new ways to build and sustain your vision and resilience. We’ll also relax and have a lot of fun. We’ll gather at Unity Village in the Kansas City, Missouri area for a weekend of replenishment, community, and inspiration beginning at 4 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 30 until mid-morning, Sun., Oct. 2. This historic retreat center is renowned as one of the most beautiful, welcoming, and energy-efficient centers in the country.

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