A devoted space
To upscale your writing
To uplift your voice…
The Writer’s Sanctuary
You burn to express. Writing is in your skill set. You have a message to share. 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?
I’ve created the Writer’s Sanctuary for you.
“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’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. In a typical session, we spend twenty minutes discussing a teaching email that I send ahead of time. Each writer then has about 25 minutes to share a curated 2-3 double spaced typed pages of writing for general assessment and line-by-line developmental feedback from me and the other writers in the group. Between sessions, I offer each writer additional general editorial assessment on up to 8 double-spaced typed pages of writing or line-by-line developmental editing on up to four pages.
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
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 had 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.
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 four women writers. You can bring any type of writing to us – blogs, poetry, website copy, excerpts from a book manuscript or journals. The Sanctuary consists of:
• A bi-weekly 2-hour writing laboratory; the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, 9-11AM 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 and The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler.
• 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.
You can start when you like and renew for as long as you like. You invest a one-time payment of $3000USD for a 9-month subscription. Or, choose the payment plan option: $1000USD down payment and nine monthly payments of $250USD, a total of $3250USD. [First payment will be $1250; the remaining eight are $250.]
The Writers Sanctuary
Join the Writer’s Sanctuary, a sacred community of highly creative women writers. Become fierce and generous with your words. Embrace the spiritual practice of revision. Become devoted to your craft. Speak from your deep voice. Share truth.