My dear friend and Converse Low-Res MFA non-fiction colleague Dan Wakefield is teaching a weekend class at a beautiful and restful Quaker retreat center fifteen minutes from Philly. I haven’t taken a class from him per se, but the Converse non-fiction students are absolutely devoted to him, and I’ve learned so much from his craft lectures and in conversation with him. I have no doubt that he's an inspiring and smart teacher.
Check out his workshop:
Creating from the Spirit
July 10-14, 2011 (four nights)
Write, draw, listen to music, meditate on natural objects to evoke and expand your natural creativity. Break the myth of alcohol and drugs as stimulants to creativity, and experience clarity as the key. Gain access to ideas, stories, and new life directions. Learn to break "the creative slump."
$620/private room; $515/shared room; $395/commuter.
And if you don’t know Dan’s work, you should. New York in the Fifties is one of my favorite memoirs! But here’s his official bio:
Dan Wakefield is a novelist, journalist, and screenwriter who has led workshops in spiritual autobiography and creativity at churches, synagogues, adult education centers, retreat centers, health spas, and prisons throughout the United States, Mexico, and Northern Ireland.
You can get more details about the workshop here: http://www.pendlehill.org/workshops/summer-2011/530-creating-from-the-spirit
More details about Pendle Hill, the Quaker retreat/conference center are here: http://www.pendlehill.org/
Read about Dan Wakefield here: http://www.danwakefield.com/
And because I think it’s so cool to have one of these, here’s his IMDb profile: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0906764/