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Writing for Bliss

Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life

February 23 - 25, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$300 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

We each have a story inside us that is ours alone to tell. It may be the result of a life-changing event, an epiphany, a transcendent episode, or a secret. Following your bliss is about tapping into your authentic self. Writing for bliss is about reflection, truth, and freedom.

Join Diana Raab, MFA, PhD, on a voyage of self-discovery toward bliss based on her new book, Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life. You will find your unique and intimate stories and be guided on how to tell them in a safe and judgment-free environment.

Through writing prompts, exercises, and discussion you will be guided and nurtured through the writing process to help access the writer within.

In this weekend workshop, you will explore:

  • The art of storytelling—the connection between mind-body-spirit and writing, and how the balance between these forces keeps creative energy flowing
  • How to prepare to write, how to cultivate self-awareness, and how to find your story
  • How to speak your truth and how to find your form of self-expression, be it memoir, essay, poetry, or blogging
  • A transformative journey that will lead you to a new sense of empowerment and an overall sense of authenticity and well-being.
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  • Faculty Bio
    Diana Raab, MFA, PhD

    Memoirist, poet, and speaker

    Diana Raab is an award-winning memoirist, poet, speaker, educator, and survivor. She’s author of nine books and more than 1,000 articles and poems. Her latest book, Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life, recently received a glowing review from Publishers Weekly.

    Diana is the author of two memoirs, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal and Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey. She’s a regular blogger for numerous websites including Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Elephant Journal, and BoomerCafé. She’s also the editor of two anthologies, Writers and Their Notebooks and Writers on the Edge. Her latest poetry book is called Lust.

    Diana has a master’s degree in nonfiction writing and a doctorate in psychology. Her doctoral research focused on the healing and transformative powers of memoir writing. She believes that writing can help us achieve wholeness and enhance the mind-body-spirit connection which inspires us to unleash our creativity and find the true voice of the inner self.

    Diana conducts writing workshops and programs at various spiritual centers throughout the country, and has also presented at UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and the Open Center.

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  • Why Attend
    • Be inspired and supported during your writing process and learn writing techniques and tools for all genres.

    • Unleash the writer within by cultivating self-awareness in a non-judgmental environment, and learn how to write from the heart to tell the story your true being wants to tell.

    • You've always wanted to write a memoir but didn't know where to begin—be empowered to find or refine your voice and put the right tools in place to tell your story.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

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    Experience Level

    None required.

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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