Dates

Saturday, July 8 – Mid-Summer Writing Retreat at Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing.  Come write about what’s in your heart of hearts in a welcoming community where we talk, laugh, occasionally cry, and certainly discover more of our vitality together. Using short and innovative writing prompts, we journey into what’s wants to be said. All who want to write or already do are welcome. Please bring pen and paper (or journal), and if you wish, a snack to share. Free workshop, but pre-registration required. Call 913-574-0900. 1-5 p.m., 8900 State Line Rd., Leawood, KS.

Saturday, July 15 – Writing About Life’s Hard Stuff at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. Writing can help you find greater wholeness, healing and strength. It can turbo-charge your resiliency — your ability to endure and thrive. It can also help you sort out what really happened, not so much factually but emotionally, psychically, spiritually or other ways that shape and infuse who you are. Writing can give you back more of who you are, and give you a vehicle for your story so that you can contribute to growing the world’s compassion and wisdom. Visit the Loft Literary Center to sign up — registration page for the class here.

August 4 – Benefit Concert for Brave Voice with Kelley Hunt & Caryn Mirriam-GoldbergA memorable evening of poetry, music, luscious refreshments, and beautiful surroundings at a private residence in Leawood, KS to raise scholarship funds for Brave Voice: Writing & Singing for Your Life. Enjoy a collaborative performance of Kelley and Caryn’s music, and Caryn’s poetry followed by a set of Kelley performing more music.  Tickets are moving fast, so get yours here.

August 18-20 – Power of Words Conference at Ferry Beach (Maine). Caryn is one of dozens of writers, storytellers, performers, educators, health professionals, and community leaders presenting at the 14th annual Power of Words conference, sponsored by the Transformative Language Arts Network. Keynoters include Joseph Bruchac, True Story Theater, Kelley Hunt, Mahongany L. Browne, and Susan Bennett-Armistead.  More info. here.

September 5 – Kansas Weather in Life, Literature, and Photography – Colby, Kansas. When it comes to talking about the weather, we have a lot to say in Kansas, and for good reason: not only is our weather some of the most dramatic in the world, but our relationship to weather shapes how we see ourselves. This presentation opens with weather chaser Stephen Locke’s vibrant images of Kansas weather paired with poetry by contemporary Kansas writers inspired by the drama that unfolds in the Kansas sky. Audience members will have an opportunity to share their own weather-related stories and striking images through a short 10-minute writing prompt that will lead into a discussion about how the weather influences our lives, our understanding of the natural world, and what it means to be a Kansan. 12 p.m., Pioneer Memorial Library, 375 W. 4th St, Colby, KS 67701.

Oct. 23 TALK Program: Go Tell It to the Mountain by James Baldwin. Kansas Humanities Council sponsors this book discussion at the Newton Public Library, Newton, KS.

Nov. 5 (Glasco, KS) and 6 (Lyons, KS) – Kansas Weather in Life, Literature and Weather – Kansas Humanities Council program. When it comes to talking about the weather, we have a lot to say in Kansas, and for good reason: not only is our weather some of the most dramatic in the world, but our relationship to weather shapes how we see ourselves. This presentation opens with weather chaser Stephen Locke’s vibrant images of Kansas weather paired with poetry by contemporary Kansas writers inspired by the drama that unfolds in the Kansas sky. Audience members will have an opportunity to share their own weather-related stories and striking images through a short writing prompt that will lead into a discussion about how the weather influences our lives, our understanding of the natural world, and what it means to be a Kansan. 11/5, 2 p.m., Solomon Valley-Highway 24-Heritage Alliance, location tba; 11/6, 7 p.m., Lyons State Bank, Lyons, KS. Details for Nov. 5 in Glasco here.  Details for Nov. 6 in Lyons here.

November 29 – TALK Program on The Romance Reader – Topeka. Book discussion on Pearl Abraham’s Romance Reader as part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s TALK series. 7 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1304More information here.