Please join us for a writing and art workshop designed to help you tap into your own creative expression. Debra will show you how to create a one-of-a-kind, hand-sewn personal journal, and Laura will offer writing prompts to help you wrap words around your thoughts. If you think, “I’m not an artist,” or “I’m not a writer,” don’t let that stop you! If you can put words on paper, you can create a work of art that will please you for years to come.
When: Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: 109 Fairfield Lane, Louisville, Colorado
What’s provided: Art materials, paper and pens, tea, and an afternoon snack.
What you should bring: Sack lunch. Optional–bring 3 Prisma colored pencils that will show on black paper and go well together (that means, you should like how they look together). If you can’t get to Michael’s or Guiry’s to buy pencils, Debra will have some for you to use during the workshop, but you may want to have them after the workshop to finish coloring your journal cover.
To register, or if you have questions, contact Laura at laurakdeal at gmail dot com or 720-891-3469, or Debra at dbondo at comcast dot net or 303-489-7111. Advance payment required to ensure your place in the class.
Class size limited to 10
Debra Bond is a local artist who has lived in Colorado since 1970. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Denver and has also studied at CU and Naropa University. She studied calligraphy and book arts at Naropa and has studied privately with a well-known calligrapher and book artist. Debra has developed her own line of greeting cards which can be seen at several Colorado locations. She has enjoyed teaching both adults and children journal making, calligraphy and other forms of art for several years. You can see samples of her cards and journals at www.IndigoBlueArts.com.
Laura K. Deal is a writer, teacher, and dream reader. She’s taught writing classes for ten years, with an emphasis on tapping into creativity and the motto, “The rules are set in play dough.” She’s the author of The Newcomer’s Guide to the Invisible Realm: A Journey through Dreams, Metaphor, and Imagination, and two of her poems will soon appear in the inaugural issue of Collective Magazine, a journal of dream-inspired art. She’s certified as a Dream Work Facilitator through the Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work. You can find her and her poetry at www.FirstChurchofMetaphor.org, www.LauraDeal.com, and www.TheWildWriters.com.
We’re looking forward to a fun and creative day with you!
The creation-centered tradition, while it does not begin its spirituality with original sin but with original blessing, does indeed have an understanding of original sin or the sin behind sin. From Meister Eckhart to Mary Daly, the sin behind all sin is seen as dualism. Separation. Subject/object relationships. Fractures and fissures in our relationships. Take any sin: war, burglary, rape, thievery. Every such action is treating another an an object outside oneself. This is dualism. this is behind all sin.
Matthew Fox, Original Blessing, p. 49.
Until a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t sure I’d do NaNoWriMo this year. After the release of The Newcomer’s Guide to the Invisible Realm, I had no energy for or interest in working on my novel-in-progress. I found my way to a few poems, some random writings in my salons, and a slew of journal entries, but the shine had gone off of book-length projects.
This is why I love NaNoWriMo. It took a lot to pull me out of that slump. The dream work that happened at Dream Camp was part of it, but to really get the juices flowing, I needed to come up with an idea for NaNoWriMo. I chose the genre, young adult romance, for two reasons. First, I recently critiqued a YA romance by Lisa Brown Roberts and was reminded of just how much fun the genre could be (though Lisa’s a master at comedy, which I’m not). The second reason was that I’d tried my hand at this genre in a previous NaNoWriMo and the story turned out pretty well, so I have some confidence I’ll be able to do it again.
But that’s not a lot to go on…a genre. Because I’m a pantser (writing by the seat of my pants) rather than a plotter (having the book’s structure figured out ahead of time), I don’t need a lot to start writing a novel, but I do need more than that. A character, a first line…I’ve started books knowing only that. But with a genre like YA romance I know some of the structure already–the push and pull of romantic relationships, the misunderstandings, and the overall theme of “figuring out who I really am in relationships” that generally underlies YA literature.
To get a little further, I started toying with an idea that emerged from a conversation at my college reunion, and pretty soon I had the weird quirk for one of my main characters. After that, the ideas started flowing. Soon, the magic took hold and I knew I’d found the story…but had to wait to start writing.
Yes, I could have started writing sooner, but much of the fun of NaNoWriMo is playing while everyone else is playing. There’s a synergy to seeing who else on Facebook or Twitter is giving it a go, and how it’s going. And there’s nothing wrong with increasing the desire to start by delaying the gratification of diving in. I’ve written elsewhere about reasons why I do NaNoWriMo (here, for example) but this year, it feels like I’m falling in love with writing all over again. That has to be a good thing.
And then on Halloween, I received a card from John McDonald to cheer me on into NaNoWriMo. The image captured exactly the space I’ve been in, and will be in for the next month. Thanks, John! I’ll try to get back to earth in December. Here’s the image, by Quint Buchholz:
Illustration by Quint Buchholz
Photo by Kevin Raeder
Kevin Raeder resisted his mother’s heartfelt suggestions that he become a professional photographer, in favor of keeping photography safely disconnected from his paycheck. His paycheck comes from supporting data assimilation research at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Data assimilation is essentially creating the best picture we can manage of the earth’s physical state. Maybe he followed his mother’s suggestion after all.
Drop-in Dream Groups, Creative Writing Classes, and Writing With Dreams
Offered by Laura K. Deal, Ph. D.
Are you curious about the images that appear in your dreams? Haunted by nightmares? These groups will explore dreams in a safe, comfortable environment, using the Group Projective Dream Work method developed by Rev. Dr. Jeremy Taylor. All levels of experience are welcome. Dreams will be chosen by pulling names from a basket. Participants have the option not to put their names in.
Creative Writing Classes
In these classes we’ll invite our creativity to play. Using a variety of prompts, we’ll explore prose and poetry, fiction and memoir. Some pieces will be silly, others serious. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to share their work. The focus is on fun, and the rules are set in
play-dough! All levels of experience are welcome. Previous participants have found that writing blocks vanish and their creativity flows more easily in other pursuits as well after these classes. Please bring a journal or notebook and pen or pencil.
Writing With Dreams
In these sessions, we’ll use writing prompts to explore dream symbols. Some symbols will be offered anonymously by the group, and in some you’ll work with your own symbols.
Laura K. Deal has taught writing classes since 2004 and has studied dreams since 2000. She is certified as a Dream Work Facilitator through the Marin Institute of Projective Dream Work. She’s the author of The Newcomer’s Guide to the Invisible Realm: A Journey Through Dreams, Metaphor, and Imagination.
Cost and Location
Dream groups and writing classes will meet for two hours. Cost is $20 per session, or you can buy a 4-session punch card for $70, which can be used for dream groups or writing classes.
We’ll meet in room 220-O in the Crossroads Gardens Building, 1800 30th Street, Boulder, CO
Schedule Fall 2013
Space is quite limited, so please let Laura know if you plan to attend: email@example.com
Sunday Sept. 8, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Dream Group
Sunday Sept. 15, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Creative Writing
Wednesday Sept. 18, Noon-2 p.m. Dream Group
Saturday (Note Day Change!) Sept. 21, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Writing With Dreams
Wednesday Sept. 25, Noon-2 p.m. Creative Writing
Wednesday Oct. 2, Noon-2 p.m. Writing With Dreams
Wednesday Oct. 9, Noon-2 p.m. Dream Group
Sunday Oct. 13, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Dream Group
Wednesday Oct. 16, Noon-2 p.m. Creative Writing
Wednesday Oct. 23, Noon-2 p.m. Writing With Dreams
Sunday Oct. 27, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Creative Writing
What people say about Laura’s writing classes:
“This was so much fun. The exercises were creative and stimulating. Laura established a safe haven for sharing our work with one another. I was surprised at how much depth I could get out of a simple exercise.” Kim Hansen
“Laura instills confidence and knows how to spark untapped creativity, insights, and potential. Sharing opens and enhances the process. Very rewarding.” Kathy F.
“With the structures Laura introduces, we are all set up for success. Doing poetry with Laura is priceless!” Anonymous participant in the Waking the Dreamer Within Festival–from an evaluation form of Laura’s poetry workshop.
What people say about Laura’s dream groups:
“I’ve had the privilege of working with Laura in several dream circles and I’ve always been impressed with her ability to work with the metaphor and language of the dreams, as well as her respect and compassion for each dreamer. Her dedication and commitment to the work is quite inspiring.” Billie Ortiz, Certified Dream Worker and Workshop Facilitator
“Laura Deal sees the world within and the physical world we share with very clear, kind eyes. She is an incomparable guide and companion for dreamers who wish to explore the deeper meanings and implications of their own dreams more clearly. working with her guidance is an experience not to be missed!” Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D. Min.
Metaphors pop up in waking life with as much meaning and impact as dream images, if we choose to notice them. In July, when I was putting the finishing touches on my book and getting ready to order my first print run, my emotions ran the gamut from excited anticipation to depression. I had made the decision to publish the book myself because I wanted to have it debut at the Waking the Dreamer Within Festival in August. Years of personal and vicarious experience with established publishing houses told me that the gears wouldn’t grind quickly enough that way to get the book into readers’ hands. Yet there was a part of me that felt that self-publishing was, in a way, admitting defeat (even though I’d never even sent out a query on this book). I’d spent so many years sending queries, samples, and full manuscripts and so many years getting encouraging rejection letters that deciding that wasn’t going to be my route was a big shift.
One day I was outside with my cats. My husband had replaced the fence around our vegetable garden, and since the main goal of the fence is to keep out deer, he raised the fence so there’s a gap between the bottom of the wire and the ground. This allows the cats to go in and out without needing a human to open the gate. On this particular day, one cat had already gone into the garden while the other sat at the closed gate, looking in. I thought, “Why are you sitting at the gate when you could go in under the fence?” Almost as soon as the question occurred to me, I saw how the metaphor applied to getting my book into the world, and as soon as I realized that the universe had somehow conspired to show me that metaphor, the cat got up and went in under the fence.
The Newcomer’s Guide to the Invisible Realm has been out almost a month now. I’ve received several personal notes from readers that make it clear I’ve achieved my goal of writing an accessible introduction to dreams and metaphor, and even the reader who I expected to scoff said he thought the book was “very well done.” By several measures, the debut has been a success. At the very least, it taught me to see the gate I’ve been waiting at as an illusion. There’s plenty of room to get in under the fence.
I recently heard a dream report of having leopard print tattoos on the forearms. The dreamer at first thought they were really cool, but later had the reaction of “What have I done?”
In my imagined version of this dream, the forearms are the area of the body that supports and facilitates my use of my hands, and hands are how I do my work in the world and manipulate my environment. So this dream, for me, is a celebration of how I’ve been able to channel the wild energies of the leopard to help me manifest the world I live in. From my own marking dreams, I’ve come to see that when I really see a truth about myself (leopard tattoos), there’s no going back. My tattoos are permanent, and I don’t always want the world to see them, even if I really enjoyed them at first.
Photo by Laura K. Deal
I took this photo from a jet airplane on August 5, 2013.
By Catherine Woods
I tumble quickly as my despair gathers momentum.
The dinosaur’s skeletal remains on the floor,
near the forgotten and forlorn chair,
add to this despair.
Without pause, I conjure that photo of the polar bear
who died of starvation,
unable to reach his venerable kitchen.
I feel the ice cap melt and retreat,
bringing certain death to all that thrive on icy cold,
the penguins, the bears, the others.
And still our indifference.
How can we? What must we?
Where is a sense of shared identity,
Have we become sterile eunuchs?
What happened to being ambassadors of life’s dance?
Catherine Woods is an astrologer and gardener who cares deeply about the world.
Catherine drafted this poem in my Juxtaposition Writing Workshop at the Waking the Dreamer Within Festival on August 9, 2013. I’m honored to share it here.
~Laura K. Deal