Current Public Programs

Inside Story: Building Powerful Narrative From the Inside Out
Session Dates
August 7-12, 2015

Session Times
Friday, August 7
7:00-9:00 pm
Saturday, August 8-
Wednesday, Augsut 12 
10:00 am-4:00 pm
$850 General Admission
$700 Special Admission
(Full-Time Students, Pacifica Alumni, and Seniors)
$550 Active Pacifica Students

Fees include Friday dinner and Saturday through Wednesday breakfast and lunch; extra meals available at the Ladera Lane Campus are Saturday through Tuesday dinner ($23) and Thursday breakfast ($13)
The intensive will start at Pacifica’s Ladera Lane Campus on Friday evening and continue at the Lambert Road Campus for the duration of the program.

Accommodations are available at the Ladera Lane Campus.
24 Continuing Education Credits for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs
Inside Story: Building Powerful Narrative From the Inside Out
Dara Marks, Ph.D. is a leading international script consultant, seminar leader, and author of one of the top selling books on creative writing, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc. She has specialized in the analysis of the modern screenplay for the past three decades, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine has consistently rated her one of the top script consultants in Hollywood. Dara has worked for most major Hollywood studios and her advice has been sought on a variety of films and television projects. Her groundbreaking work in this field continues to help writers engage more deeply and effectively in the creative writing process. Currently, Dara leads seminars world-wide and is an adjunct professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara.
Deb Norton is a writer, actress, teacher and the former Artistic Director of Theater 150 in Ojai, California. After graduating from the masters acting program at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, she spent an eventful ten years dutifully pursuing her acting career before her desire for a deeper connection to story was awakened and she began to successfully pen her own plays and screenplays. The book version of her popular workshop, Part Wild, will be out in the spring of 2016. Deb leads workshops internationally, for writers of all ages and backgrounds, and is a master teacher at Hedgebrook Women’s Retreat.
Inside Story: Building Powerful Narrative From the Inside Out
A Six-Day Writing Intensive with Dara Marks and Deb Norton
Pacifica Graduate Institute's Ladera Lane and Lambert Road Campuses
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.
                                                 —Hillary Carlip
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.

General Information

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.
A limited number of partial financial need scholarships are available for this program. To apply, please fill out the registration form including payment information, and send a letter of request detailing your financial circumstances to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted to approve processing of payment. Please note, incomplete applications will not be considered.
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.
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
249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, California, 93013 | Telephone: 805.969.3626