Essayist, Poet, Teacher, Narrator, Storyteller
"Beauty and Justice are always in mortal danger and will vanish utterly from this world if we do not actively shepherd them." Dr. Chris Adrian, M.D., MDiv. Program for Narrative Medicine Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
They Spoke Fire WORKSHOp
MEMORY AND THE MOMENT: ALCHEMICAL WRITING
The more we learn about alchemy the more we discover, again and again, how the creative process is an alchemical process, inviting us to venture into our lives with words to liberate the spirit of experience from memory and the moment. This is the "opus contra natura" applied with ink and paper to dreams, stories, and the very stuff of life. For the alchemists, all things and experience are comprised of energy, of spirit, of both matter and dark matter (and a little anti-matter thrown in for measure).
In this workshop, peer into the crucible of your life. Write and write more, share and discover how writing changes us, heals us, reveals us in our own ever on-going making of ourselves.
We will read alchemical writings, learn about the personal legend, sacred geometric structures we find in our lives as well as scripture, explore how to "read" our surroundings and circumstances using the elements, colors, and animals, and practice the worldview that allows for paradox, complexity, emotion, thought, spirit, and most of all: art.
REGISTER HERE Cost: $250.00
I direct the Writing Program at Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies. I engineer the program to address the world's need for narrative, for storytellers and story-listeners in every field.
In 2008 I founded the multicultural poetry and storytelling festival Asheville Wordfest, which I continue to direct. I am the poet laureate of the Blue Ridge Parkway and an NC Arts Fellow for my writings on late-deafness what what deafness teaches me about listening.
Currently, I am developing The Narrative Center at
Lenoir-Rhyne University. Here, I seek to build narrative quality across the disciplines from climate to medicine.
With growing partnerships with Science Communicators of North Carolina, with Columbia
University College of Physicians and Surgeons Program for Narrative
Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine and Institute
for the Humanities, as well as The City of Asheville, the Narrative Center is an exciting space where language connects.
This work connects to my life-long work in Creative Process. Creative cognition and associative reasoning hold yet untapped medicine. All my work hovers around the heart and soul of things.
As a teacher, I work with students at all skill-levels in all settings. I am gifted at opening writing up in people, in creating safe places where people can speak, share, and discover.
Contact me regarding readings, talks, and workshops. Fee range is $850 to $2500.
For a 16-week one-on-one course in writing, the fee is $1600.
Throughout this website, view the short videos featuring Laura speaking about one of her many fascinations, alchemy, as it pertains to writing and everyday life.