September 11 – Writing for Transformation. Change is in the air as autumn starts to unfold, and we’ll be riding the winds of this change and other changes that have made us who we are. Come write about transformations in your life, including the ones you want to invite during the coming season. We’ll draw on short and innovative writing prompts, discussion and sharing our work (no one has to read aloud). We’ll especially draw on the circle of community we make together. All people who write or want to write and are living with serious illness (patients, caregivers, survivors) are welcome. Please bring pen and paper (or notebook) and, if you wish, snacks to share. All people who write or want to write and are living with serious illness (patients, caregivers, survivors) are welcome. Free, but pre-registration is required. 1-5 p.m., 8900 State Line Rd., Leawood, KS.
September 29 – A Walker in the City by Alfred Kazin. As part of the Kansas Humanities Council TALK series, Caryn will lead a book discussion on Kazin’s imaginative and historic memoir, A Walker in the City, which takes place in the early 19th century in New York City. 6:30 p.m., Hutchinson Public Library, 901 N. Main St., Hutchinson, KS.
October 7-8 – Days of Caring: Breast Cancer Awareness Events. Caryn is the keynote speaker for the Days of Caring event in Hays, Kansas on Sat., Oct. 8, and she’ll be part of the breast cancer awareness fashion show Fri. night, Oct. 7. Details to come.
October 22 – Kansas Weather in Life, Literature and Photography. 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 image 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. Sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council. 10-11 a.m., Sat., Oct. 22, Harper Public Library, 708 W. 14th St., Harper, KS.
October 29 – Kansas Weather in Life, Literature and Photography. 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 image 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. Sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council. 10-11 a.m., Sat., Oct. 29, Derby Public Library, 1600 E Walnut Grove Rd., Derby, KS.
November 1, 8 and 15 – Triumph over Terror: How Two Men Survived Nazi Horrors. This three-week class sponsored by the Osher Institute focuses on two Holocaust survivors, one a young Jewish boy, the other a Catholic teenage Polish Resistance fighter, would meet years later as professors at KU and form a strong friendship. The story of Lou Frydman explores the Holocaust and his eyewitness account of Jewish resistance in the concentration camps. Jarek Piekalkiewicz’s story as a Polish Resistance fighter illustrates the mistakes, triumphs, history and organization of the Polish Resistance–the most effective underground movement to challenge the Nazis. We’ll also discuss what it means to lose not just one’s family, but one’s whole community and way of life, and the subsequent challenge of creating a new life in a new land. Based on Caryn’s book Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other. Tuesdays, Nov. 1, 8 & 25 • 2 – 4 p.m., Aberdeen Village, 17500 W. 119th St. Olathe, Kan. Pre-registration and fee required.
January 18 – March 15 (8 weeks) – Poetry Playhouse: Online Class through the Loft Literary Center. Enter the poetry playhouse to explore, experiment, play, rest, unearth, and renovate your writing while homing in on your increased capacity to create, craft and revise your poetry. We’ll draw on innovative writing prompts (including poems, questions, videos and guidance for creating your own bag of tricks all life long) to access poetic material from the interior rooms and external spaces of your life. Each week will focus on a different room in the poetry playhouse to write about different topics, from the family room (writing childhood), through the bedroom (writing about dreams and the dark), to the front porch (writing in community). Each session also includes a poetic form to try out (such as pantoums, or a group renga); explorations on craft in in service to a poem’s deepest intention, and revision as long-term relationship; a featured poet to learn more about through his/her poetry, interviews, and approaches; and meditations on the challenges and miracles being a workaday writer. Details and registration will be available the Loft soon.
May 14-19, 2017 – Brave Voice: Writing and Singing for Your Life with Kelley Hunt & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. Join Caryn and Kelley for the 12th annual Brave Voice, a creative retreat to jumpstart your writing, singing, songwriting and arts while also helping you strengthen your voice in your life and livelihood. Imaginative and innovative workshops each morning, art stations and time to wander and relax each afternoon, and performances each evening, plus a loving community to support you long after we leave this retreat. It’s all held in one of the most beautiful and magical places in the Midwest in the heart of the Flint Hills (shuttles available from the Kansas City airport). Sun., May 14 – Fri., May 19 at White Memorial Camp, Council Grove, KS. More here