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The Art of Writing
A Symposium

Friday, November 16, 7:00-9:00 pm
Saturday, November 17, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday, November 18, 9:00 am-1:00 pm 

$360 General Admission
$310 Special Admission (Full-Time Students, Pacifica Alumni, and Seniors)
$285 Active Pacifica Students
(Fees include Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Sunday breakfast and lunch)

As spirit needs bone, blood, flesh
to know its knowing, so thought
needs noun, verb, adjective
and the joy of fine language
to make a place the world.—NILS PETERSON

We are all writers in one form or another. The need to express ourselves is essential to our survival. Whether correspondence with a loved one, a dream in a diary, a final paper to graduate, an imaginative story, a poem, or a life's opus, the written word is a vehicle to manifest the intangible into a tangible expression of who we are. Psyche's experience of self and the world inform our creative process and generate the stories of our culture.

This weekend symposium will feature a variety of presentations by scholars in the field beginning with creativity and the art and discipline of writing. Sunday's concurrent sessions will allow for a deepening into various disciplines including thesis and dissertation writing, memory and personal myth, poetry, fiction, screenwriting, and publishing. We hope you will join us for what promises to a stimulating and provocative weekend in beautiful Santa Barbara.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 7:00-9:00 PM
Creativity and Writing
John Cleese
Writer, performer, and comedian, John Cleese, will recollect his life long interest in creativity as well as his experiences writing for television, film and books. He will also talk about the creative process as it happens in groups.

John Cleese is a comedian, who worked in the Monty Python group. He wrote and performed in such series as Fawlty Towers, The Human Face, and the films A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures. He has worked in management and sales training films for 20 years, as a freelance advertising agency, and as the co-author of two books on psychology and psychiatry. He is currently a Professor at large at Cornell University.

The Art and Discipline of Writing
Richard Tarnas
This one-day workshop is for those who wish to communicate their ideas and passions effectively through writing.  Because we live in a time of extraordinary urgency—when we must contemplate the future of the Earth community—it is essential that those with relevant information speak and be heard, received, and understood.  Writing in service of such a goal involves the development of certain skills, disciplines, and knowledge—as well as other less tangible but perhaps even more important capacities.  This workshop will be especially valuable for those who wish to commit themselves to the life and labor of writing as not only an intellectual and artistic discipline but also a spiritual path, a sustained engagement with the deep mysteries of language and creativity.  

Richard Tarnas teaches archetypal studies and the history of Western thought and culture at both Pacifica and the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he founded the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. He is the author of The Passion of the Western Mind, and Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
(Participants will choose to attend one of the six concurrent sessions on Sunday). 

Click on the title below to learn more about each Session and the Presenters.

Writing a Scholarly Thesis or Dissertation—Nancy Galindo and Jennifer Leigh Selig
Memory, Metaphor and the Poiesis of Personal Myth—Dennis Patrick Slattery
Memorable Speech: The Art of Poetry—Nils Peterson
Psyche at Your Shoulder: A Fiction Writer's Guide—Elizabeth Nelson
The Power of Story: The Art of Screenwriting—Dara Marks
Depth Psychology and the World of Publishing—Nancy Cater 

General Information

Location and Accommodations
The conference will be held at Pacifica Graduate Institute's Ladera Lane Campus. 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 this event. The campus has lodging and dining facilities as well as a swimming pool and hiking trails.

A limited number of rooms are available for participants at special rates at the following locations. Other accommodations in the Santa Barbara area may be arranged by calling one of these services: Coastal Escapes at 800.292.2222 or Hot Spot Accommodations at 800.793.7666.

Pacifica's Ladera Lane Campus, 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara
$80 per night single occupancy
$115 per night couple occupancy
$125 per night double occupancy
plus 10% occupancy tax

Accommodations are simple, dormitory-style rooms with shared bath and shower. Single and double rooms (two twin or one double) rooms are available. Reservations for rooms must be made through Pacifica's Public Program office. Please reserve your room on the registration form.

Best Western Carpinteria Inn, 4558 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria
$90 per night plus tax

To make a reservation, call the Best Western at 805.684.0473 and mention PACIFICA WRITERS for the special rate. Rooms are held at this special rate until October 15th.

Meals are provided to encourage ongoing dialogue and community exchange throughout the weekend. Included in your registration fee is Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch. No other meals will be provided.

Registration and Cancellation
Space is limited; register early. To register, please
  to register online, or print out the form and mail it with your payment to Pacifica Graduate Institute, Public Programs, 249 Lambert Road, Carpinteria, CA 93013; fax to 805.565.5796; e-mail to; call 805.969.3626, ext. 103, or .

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to those who find it prohibitive to pay the full cost of the workshop. To apply, send a letter of request with your registration and payment. Please be specific regarding your financial circumstances. If accepted, you will be contacted to approve processing payment.   

To obtain a full refund on your registration fee, send a written cancellation request postmarked no later than October 15th. Tuition less a $50 processing fee will be refunded. No exceptions will be made. For refund on accommodations at the Ladera Lane Campus, cancellation with 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.

Major airlines provide service into the Los Angeles International Airport located 90 miles south of Santa Barbara. Some flights are also available directly into the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport. Both airports have shuttle service between the airport and Santa Barbara. Information on ground transportation will be included with your confirmation letter.    

Continuing Education Credit
11 hours of continuing education credit are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177), for MFTs and LCSWs (provider #PCE 2278) through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and for National Certified Counselors (provider #5436), through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Pacifica adheres to NBCC continuing education guidelines. A $15 processing fee will be charged for each certificate requested.

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