Writing is a tool of transformation and can shine the light on the inside, dispelling darkness, taking us through external layers, bringing us closer to our souls.
Creative writing begins at the intuitive level because that is the source from which all new ideas flow. But these new ideas are often an unconscious jumble of thoughts, impressions, feelings and images that can be as confusing and contradictory as they are inspiring and captivating. Therefore, a successful writer needs to develop and hone an effective process for gaining access to the greater story that lies within.
This six-day intensive is designed to give writers a supportive workshop experience in which to develop or advance individual projects while acquiring new techniques for enhancing the writing process. Whether you are creating fiction, memoir or non-fiction (including dissertations), this workshop will strengthen your narrative skills, giving you the ability to craft a formidable structure while elevating the deeper thematic and soulful dimensions at the heart of your story.
In an intimate and experiential environment, this six-day intensive will help you:
• Tame the rugged, unpredictable and often tenuous landscape of your story and contain it in a natural, compelling structure.
• Decode the complex metaphorical and archetypal language of your narrative.
• Capture the wild new thing that is struggling to make its way into the world through your creative expression.
• Integrate the essential story elements of plot, character and theme into a unified whole.
• Infuse your characters with richness, subtlety and surprise by developing a more dynamic and emotional inner story.
Your workshop experience will be enhanced with training sessions, discussions, analysis and writing exercises that will effortlessly take you into the depths of your narrative process, making your stories more powerful, meaningful and, of course, more marketable.
Space is Limited! Register Early! To register, submit the form on the webpage, or print and mail it to the Public Programs Department, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013 or call the Public Programs Department at 805.969.3626, ext. 103. Full payment is required with your registration. An email confirmation letter will be sent within 5 days of receiving your registration.
To obtain a refund on your registration fee, send a written cancellation request postmarked no later than thirty days before the event. Tuition less a $50 processing fee will be refunded. No refunds on your registration fee will be made after that time. In the event that the program is sold out with a waitlist and we are able to transfer your registration to someone on the waitlist, we will issue you a refund less the processing fee. Any registration transfers that do not go through our office will be assessed the processing fee onsite.
For a refund on accommodations at the Ladera Lane Campus, cancellation with a full refund will be accepted up to 5 days before the event. Cancellations made 1-4 days before the event will receive a 50% refund. There will be no refund for cancellation on the day of the event.
The program will be begin Friday evening at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus at 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. Located on 35 acres in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this residential retreat center provides a unique and peaceful environment for these events. This campus has lodging, dining facilities, and parking.
Saturday through Wednesday, the program will continue at Pacifica’s Lambert Road Campus Saturday through Wednesday. Pacifica’s Lambert Road Campus is at 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013. Located on 13 acres, this quiet, wooded campus is nestled between the coastal foothills and the Pacific Ocean. Information on parking will be included in your confirmation email.
Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus
A limited number of rooms are available for participants at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus:
$87 per night single occupancy (one twin or standard full size bed)
$120 per night couple occupancy (one standard full size bed; not a queen)
$132 per night double occupancy (two twin beds)
plus 10% occupancy tax
Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with a shared bath and shower. Bed linens and towels are provided. Reservations for rooms must be made through Pacifica’s Public Programs Department.
Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the program. Included in your registration fee are Friday dinner and Saturday through Wednesday breakfasts and lunches. For those staying at the Ladera Lane Campus the following extra meals are available for an additional fee: Saturday through Tuesday dinners ($23) and Thursday breakfast ($13). Pacifica’s caterers make every attempt to provide healthful meals for our guests and include organic ingredients whenever possible. Please indicate on the registration form if you need a special vegan, gluten free, or vegetarian meal or if you have other medical dietary restrictions.
Major airlines provide service into the Los Angeles International Airport located 90 miles south of Santa Barbara and into the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, approximately 18 miles north of the Campus. Information on ground transportation to and from Santa Barbara will be included with your confirmation letter.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT
24 continuing education credits are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177) and for MFTs and LCSWs (provider #PCE 2278) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate requested.
DISABILITY SERVICES ON CAMPUS
It is the policy of Pacifica’s Public Programs Department to accommodate attendees with disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Please let us know in advance if you have special needs or require assistance due to a disabling condition while you are attending a public program. If you are accompanied by a service dog, please contact Disability Services directly (805.679.6125), as all animals visiting campus must have pre-approval. For additional information regarding Pacifica’s policies, visit www.pacifica.edu/disability-services.aspx.