The Writer’s Sanctuary

A devoted space, to upscale your writing, to uplift your voice… 

“For all the writers who thrive in isolation, at least as many need a village…”

– Elizabeth Jarrett Andrews, Living Revision: A Writer’s Craft as a Spiritual Practice

You burn to express. Writing is in your skill set. You have a message to share.  I’ve created the Writer’s Sanctuary for you.

You know how to write and what you want to say.  You’re beyond a thin skin. 

But it’s hard to write on your own. Asking someone else to read your work can be intimidating. Plus, can you trust feedback from people who love everything about you?

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You’re stepping up as a professional writer.  You’re focused and devoted to the craft. You know your writing is relevant. Worthy. Important. Powerful. Inspiring. You’re pumped to become accountable to it. 

The Writer’s Sanctuary isn’t a composition or content development class. It’s not a class at all. The Writer’s Sanctuary sits between courses that teach you to be a better writer and programs that help you to publish.

You want to play with writing. To have fun creating. To learn the art of revision as a spiritual practice. You want colleagues in the profession. A group of women who think your voice is pan de Cielo, bread from heaven.  Because it is.

You can bring writing to each session of the Sanctuary.  You can listen with presence to the voice and writing of others. 

I’ve created The Writer’s Sanctuary for you. 

“Linda was the first person I dared share my writings with. Her encouraging “this could be a blog or start of a book!” birthed a first draft. I would not have started the manuscript if it wasn’t for Linda’s safe space to share my writings, thoughts, and feelings. She took time to read my work and gave me valuable feedback along the way. She saw my potential – the beauty and truth in my voice and story. She guided me, with gentle persistence, to see it for myself.”

– Kari Siwe Haugen, Norway
Coach, Mentor and Writer
www.karisiwe.no

The Writer’s Sanctuary was born out of my wish for a test audience. My wish for beta readers.  When I shared my writing, the responses of my readers often surprised me and sparked a flow of fresh ideas and words. Revision became a joy!

Sister Corinne, my first journalism teacher, was a nun. A white linen band held a starched black veil to her head. Curly brown bangs peeked from the band to frame her forehead. She has dark eyes, a bottomless pool of kindness.

She had projected my first ever news story on a screen in the front of the high school classroom.  “This is near perfect work,” she said. 

I couldn’t breathe. Sweat tickled my underarms. As she praised the specific elements of the story, her melodic voice blurred as though miles away. “You have a gift,” she said. She looked straight into my eyes.

The pilot light of my writer’s soul sprang high from the fuel of her praise. The burners of my heart ignited. From that day, I was a writer. 

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Over the next 50 years, I wrote in countless genres: News copy. Press releases, Publicity. Magazine articles, Advertising. Video scripts. Academic papers. A dissertation. Grants. Website copy. Social media posts. E-books. Blogs.

Three years ago, I started Method Writing classes with Jules Swales [www.julesswales.com]. As a writing teacher, she’s a diamond. I discovered the genre of creative nonfiction. I became a lifelong student of the authentic, deep voice.

The Writer’s Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is a group of no more than six women writers.  The doors open on October 20, 2022. You can start when you like and renew for as long as you like. You invest $3,000 for a 6-month subscription to receive:

  • A bi-weekly 2-hour writing laboratory; Thursdays, 8-10AM Arizona time. 
  • Access to recorded master classes with me and guest speakers: authors, writers, publishing experts.

In the writing laboratory, we will:

  • Discuss curated writings from “Living Revision: A Writer’s Craft as a Spiritual Practice” by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew.
  • Listen to and share feedback on each other’s voice and writing.
  • Play with collaborative editing.
  • Spur each other to share our writing with the world.

Investment: $3,000 Pay in Full or Payment Plan of $1700 first payment + $300/month over 6 months.

To Apply: click the button below to schedule a discovery call to start the conversation. 

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