Writers Journey

Friday, April 26
7:00–9:00 PM
Saturday, April 27
9:00 AM–5:30 PM
Sunday, April 28
9:00 AM–1:00 PM

$375 General Admission
$325 Special Admission
Full-Time Students, Pacifica
Alumni, and Seniors

$300 Active Pacifica Students
Fees include Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and Sunday breakfast and lunch. Extra meals available are Friday breakfast ($12.50) and Friday lunch ($18.50)

11 Continuing Education Credits are available for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs
The Conference and Pre-Conference Workshops will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus

Pre-Conference Workshops
Friday, April 26
Full Day: 9:00 AM–4:30 PM
$140 Fee (Includes Friday lunch; breakfast is available for an additional $12.50 fee)

6 Continuing Education Credits are availalbe for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

Half Day: 9:00 AM–12:00 PM
OR 1:30–4:30 PM

$70 Fee (Includes Friday lunch; breakfast is available for an additional $12.50 fee)

3 Continuing Education Credits are available for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

Space in all Workshops is limited

Accommodations are available at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus and the Best Western Carpinteria Inn

The conference includes five plenary sessions, and two of the five concurrent sessions being offered. Those participating in the optional pre-conference workshops on Friday, April 26 will attend one or two half-day or one full-day workshop. Participants will be asked to select their preferred concurrent sessions and pre-conference workshops during registration.

Presentations by:
Jean Shinoda Bolen
Sharon D. Johnson
Dara Marks
Michael Meade
Maureen Murdock
Suzi Naiburg

Elizabeth Nelson
Kris Oster
Susan Rowland
Dennis Patrick Slattery
Evans Lansing Smith
Lawrence Spann


Concurrent Sessions

Saturday, 2:00–3:30 PM and 4:00–5:30 PM
Participants will have the opportunity to attend two of the following five concurrent sessions.

Depth of Character: The Phenomenology and Soul of the Screenplay
Sharon D. Johnson

"Through a depth psychological lens, the screenplay is examined—via theory and practical exercises—as a phenomenological text. The soul of the screenplay is considered as developed, revealed, and reflected via the psyche of the character(s), and the psyche of the writer. The structure of the screenplay is explored as a model of the Osirian journey, the Jungian process of transformation, as well as in relation to Freudian theories on jokes and dreams. The process of writing the screenplay is also examined as a transformative journey and alchemical process for the writer. Obstacles to writing are considered in relation to psychic resistances, as are the resolutions to these creative and psychic blocks. By plumbing the depths of the psyche with intentionality, the character(s) created, as well as the writer’s own character, are deepened accordingly. The role and potential of the screenwriter within the landscape of hegemony, identity, representation, and cultural production are also discussed.”

Sharon JohnsonSharon D. Johnson, Ph.D., has been a member of the Writers Guild of America, west, Inc. (WGAw) since 1993, and has over 20 years’ experience writing in the professional TV/Film, entertainment journalism, literary, academic, and publicity disciplines. Johnson’s work has been produced for television series on the ABC, FOX, and UPN networks, and she has been a featured guest on entertainment and news magazine programs on NPR and ABC, KCAL, KCET, BET, and Telemundo television networks. She is a graduate of Barnard College, holds a Master’s degree in Media Studies (New School for Social Research) and graduated with a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

The Art of Memoir Writing
Maureen Murdock

"What is true and what do we create from our reminiscences? Beginning with the concept that memory is a particular angle of perception, which shapes our sense of identity, we will examine how the memories we tell establish our sense of self. It is not the factual truth of our memories that is necessary for crafting them into memoir but the emotional truth of our experience that begins to reveal the underlying patterns of our lives. In this workshop we will look at the elements of memoir writing, character development and the use of dialogue, point of view, and the self-reflection required to craft a memory into a written memoir that has universal appeal. We’ll read excerpts by published memoirists and do in-class writing exercises.”

Maureen MurdockMaureen Murdock, Ph.D., M.F.T., has taught creative writing for the past 22 years at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where she received the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1995. She teaches memoir classes weekly in Santa Barbara and leads memoir workshops internationally as well as tele-workshops in memoir writing for women. She is a Jungian-oriented psychotherapist in private practice and was past Chair and core faculty member of the Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she is adjunct faculty. She is the author of Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory; The Heroine’s Journey: Woman’s Quest for Wholeness; Fathers’ Daughters: Breaking the Ties that Bind; Spinning Inward: Using Guided Imagery with Children; Monday Morning Memoirs: Women in the Second Half of Life; The Heroine’s Journey Workbook; and Hooked on Hope: A Mother’s Tale. For more information, visit www.maureenmurdock.com.

Effective Storytelling in Marketing
Kris Oster

"Great marketing begins and ends with great storytelling. Many writers turn away from self-promotion because it smacks so strongly of egocentricity. The truth is that marketing (which is really about storytelling), branding (which is really about personal clarity), and business development (which is really about fulfilling your destiny) are powerful opportunities for healing and self-empowerment for both the author and the audience. In this experiential workshop, participants will discover the links between branding and mythologizing as well as how to articulate the core message that runs underneath all of their creative work. Learn how to write meaningfully and effectively for a variety of mediums, including websites, blogs, social media, and electronic newsletters.”

Kris OsterKris Oster, Ph.D., is a scholar of mythology and archetypal psychology with marketing and business design expertise. She is a writer, musician and entrepreneur. Kris is currently writing a fantasy memoir, My Life as a Mermaid: The Tale of a Rockstar’s Daughter. She is a graduate of the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Nekyia and Poeisis: Mythologies of the Writing Process
Evans Lansing Smith

"The myth of the descent to the underworld serves as a metaphor for the creative mysteries of both writing and reading. It engages the deepest energies of the psyche in the act of composition. The myth catalyzes the manifestation of the archetypal images, settings, characters, and narratives essential to poetry, fiction, drama, and film. This breakout session will explore classic and contemporary examples of the myth, and work with a direct experience of its creative power through active imagination.”

Evans SmithEvans Lansing Smith, Ph.D., is a published poet and the author of nine books and numerous articles on comparative mythology and literature. He has taught at colleges and universities in Switzerland, Maryland, Texas, and California, where he is currently Core Faculty member and Chair of the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Writing as a Way of Healing
Lawrence Spann

"There is strong empirical evidence that writing improves immune function and overall well-being. A vast time-honored literary tradition substantiates this claim. Many people fear writing and deny their deepest creative and receptive impulses. Anatole Broyard, while dying of cancer wrote, ‘I wanted to discuss my life with him not as a patient talking to an analyst but as if we were two literary critics discussing a novel.’ In this session we will actively write to prompts and voluntarily read our work aloud and discuss it in a non-critical and reassuring atmosphere. All writing will be approached as fiction, and questions about content are not allowed. The focal point of the session is to listen with greater acuity, awareness, and awe.”

Lawrence SpannLawrence Spann, Ph.D., PA-C, pioneered the application of expressive writing with medical patients in a large hospital setting. He founded Sutterwriters at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, where he orchestrated conferences, appearances by well-known authors, published nine books, and led ongoing writing groups. He facilitates writing groups at Santa Barbara City College and maintains a busy clinical practice as a physician assistant at Sansum Clinic.