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



Friday, April 26, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
$70 (Fee includes Friday lunch; extra meal available is Friday breakfast $12.50)
3 Continuing Education Credits for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

Riting Myth, Mythic Writing:
Plotting Your Personal Story
Dennis Patrick Slattery
"A myth is, among other things, a via or roadway, a path, a way that allows things of the world to present themselves to us in a particular style of presence. The stories that comprise us have as their background a field of psychic energy that arranges itself in unique ways to form our narratives. In this retreat we will move back and in from several events of our lives to their mythic resonances. The act of writing is a ritual form of opening us to a greater understanding of how these events we write about form and inform our personal myth. Instead of composing on a computer, we will write long hand as a way to remember. Writing cursively will deepen our appreciation of some of the contours of the myth that shaped our past and prepares us for the future.”

D SlatteryDennis Patrick Slattery, Ph.D., is core faculty in the Mythological Studies Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute where he has taught for 18 years. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 19 volumes, including 4 volumes of poetry. His poems have appeared in newspapers, magazines, journals and online publications in the United States and elsewhere. He has released two CDs of selected poems from two of his poetry titles. His most recent book is Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story. For more information, visit www.dennispslattery.com.

Friday, April 26, 1:30-4:30 PM
$70 (Fee includes Friday lunch; extra meal available is Friday breakfast $12.50)
3 Continuing Education Credits for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

Inside Story:
The Power of the Transformational Arc
Dara Marks
"Every writer has a wealth of creative potential, but it can be a daunting if not impossible task to gain access to those interior places where the true power of story is waiting to be unleashed. In this workshop I’ll teach writers how to create a natural story structure that reflects the authentic nature of the human experience. My method for structuring story is designed to keep writers focused on the heart and soul of their work so that plot, character, and theme create a unified whole. The interrelationship of these key story elements forms the basis of the transformational arc of character. The transformational arc is the deeper line of structure found inside the story. It is an organic template that writers can use to ensure that the intricacies of plot and character grow naturally out of their original thematic intention. This technique not only enhances our understanding of story structure, but it also pushes the craft of writing into the realm of transformative art.”

Dara MarksDara Marks, Ph.D., is a leading international script consultant, seminar leader, and author of one of the top selling books on screenwriting, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc. She has specialized in the analysis of the modern screenplay for the past 25 years, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine has consistently rated her as a top script consultant in Hollywood. She has worked with many major film studios and her advice has been sought on a variety of movies and television programs. She received her doctorate in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute and is an adjunct professor in the Engaged Humanities Department.


Friday, April 26, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
$140 (Fee includes Friday lunch; extra meal available is Friday breakfast $12.50)
6 Continuing Education Credits for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

Transforming Your Dissertation into a Mainstream Book
Elizabeth Nelson
"If your completed dissertation still feels vitally alive and relevant to contemporary culture, and you’ve dreamed that the research might one day reach a wider audience, this seminar is for you. We’ll spend the day working with your manuscript to begin the process of reimagining it as a book. By the end, you will know how to transform the research question and outcome into the book’s central promise, have a preliminary sketch of the book’s audience, and learn some guidelines for choosing what portions of the dissertation to keep and what to cut. We’ll also discuss authorial voice, style, and tone, and show how to maintain the scholarly depth of the original while appealing to mainstream readers. Come prepared with a copy of your dissertation, especially the table of contents, introduction, and the conclusion or summary and findings chapter—and enjoy a lively, interactive, creative day.”

Elizabeth NelsonElizabeth Nelson, Ph.D., is core faculty and Dissertation Policy Director at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where she teaches a broad range of courses in research process, methodology, and dissertation development. Her own research interests include personal and cultural expressions of the shadow, gender, and power, with a particular fascination with how we construct, encounter, and understand evil and the monstrous. Elizabeth is the author of two books, The Art of Inquiry: A Depth Psychological Perspective (co-authored with Joseph Coppin) and Psyche’s Knife: Archetypal Explorations of Love and Power. A professional writer and editor for nearly 30 years, she coaches aspiring authors across a variety of genres and styles.

Friday, April 26, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
$140 (Fee includes Friday lunch; extra meals available is Friday breakfast $12.50)
6 Continuing Education Credits for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

Structure and Spontaneity in Clinical Prose: A Clinical Writing Workshop
Suzi Naiburg
"Jung recognized that the patient/therapist relationship is ‘often of such intensity that we could almost speak of a combination . . . in which both are altered.’ Yet our clinical writing rarely evokes what it’s like to be in the temenos with patients, relying on narrative summary and the amplification of symbolic material instead. Evocative language works by invitation and suggestion. In the enactive mode, meaning is experienced in the act of reading; it is lived as well as thought. The lyric narrative mode compels readers’ participation in and explorations of the uncertainties and unfinished business of the lyric present. Its aesthetic reflects a commitment to the priority of experiencing. In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to the evocative, enactive, and lyric narrative modes of clinical prose (in contrast to the narrative and paradigmatic modes) and will be invited to experiment with writing in new ways. The workshop’s close readings, guided-writing exercises, didactic material, and discussions will be useful for both unpublished and published writers, and for therapists of all strips.”

Suzi NailburgSuzi Naiburg, Ph.D., LICSW, is on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP) and has taught more than 40 clinical writing workshops over the past 15 years, including those for The Journal of Analytical Psychology, The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, MIP, Division 39, and NASW. She was the Executive Director of the Jung Society of New Mexico when she lived in Santa Fe. Suzi has a private practice in Belmont, MA, in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and is an editor and writing coach. She is the author of Structure and Spontaneity in Clinical Prose: A Writer’s Guide for Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists (forthcoming in 2013).