Waking the Dreamer Within



After a successful launch in 2013, the Waking the Dreamer Within Festival is back! You’ll find workshops on dreams, art, writing, movement, and more. I’ll be offering a creative writing session, a poetry workshop, and will be moderating a open-mic poetry night on Friday, October 17. You can sign up for the […]

Write from the Art

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,” […]

NaNoWriMo #6

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 […]

Upcoming Conference

Save the date! The Waking the Dreamer Within Conference will be August 8-11, 2013. It will be an inspirational weekend dedicated to dreams, art, poetry, music, and authentic expression. I’ll be offering writing workshops and I hope to see you there!



Writing hard books

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”

― Madeleine L’Engle


Just over a week ago, I finished –and won—another NaNoWriMo. I crossed the 50,000 word mark on November 29, and couldn’t bring myself to go back on the 30th. I know it’s just a down-draft, a first draft, but it still takes more effort than I’m used to to show up and write almost 1700 […]

Charles Johnson on Writing and Dreaming

Writing is a lot like dreaming. You’re creating a dream for the reader. John Gardner used to call a work of fiction a vivid and continuous dream. Vivid because a work of fiction should have all of that vividness that a dream has in its details. And it should be continuous in the sense that […]

Packing to go Home

Over the last couple of years I’ve had a recurring theme in my dreams. I’m at a hotel/cabin/conference and am packing to go home. The actual packing of a suitcase is usually the opening for a longer dream, and the scenarios that follow or coincide with my packing vary greatly from dream to dream. I’ve […]

In Service of Story

Today I’m attending a workshop as part of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI’s fall conference, for which the participants had to fill out a questionnaire about their writing lives. One of the questions asked, “What does writing bring to you?” My first response was “Sanity.” It’s the sanity that comes from answering what I’m […]

Bone Temple Collage

This is the collage I created part way through the first draft of my novel Bone Temple. Some of the key scenes in the story came from the images.

By Laura K. Deal