April 27 – Needle in the Bone: How a Holocaust Survivor and Polish Resistance Fighter Beat the Odds and Found Each Other at Basehor Community Library – Community dinner and presentation by Caryn about her book, Needle in the Bone. Learn about how Lou Frydman, a Holocaust survivor, and Jarek Piekalkiewicz survived the seemingly impossible to make their ways to America, where they forged new lives and found deep friendship with each other. 1400 158th St., Basehor, KS 66007.
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.
Sunday, June 4 – Writing into Meaning and Joy at Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing. Come join a welcoming group of people living with serious illness and caregivers to write about what brings us our greatest meaning and joy. Using short and innovative writing prompts, we’ll explore what we have to say to ourselves, our community, and the world. All are welcome whether you write all the time or want to get started. Please bring something to write with and on (notebook or journal), and if you’d like, snacks to share. Free workshop, but pre-registration required. Call 913-574-0900. 1-5 p.m., 8900 State Line Rd., Leawood, KS.
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 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.
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.