The Art & poetry of memoir

Experience an exceptional memoir writing workshop with bestselling author Mary Karr & Albert Flynn DeSilver. This workshop will include 1.5 hours of lecture and discussion time including writing prompts with Mary Karr as well as a 2 hour intensive morning writing session with Albert Flynn DeSilver. Join us for. . .

*Inspiration & insight from one of America's great writers
*Learn new skills to improve your writing
*Gather tips & tricks for staying the course & completing your project
*Connect in conscious creative community
Mary Karr is the bestselling author of three extraordinary memoirs; "The Liars Club" (1995) "Cherry" (2000) and "Lit" (2009). She is also the author of "The Art of Memoir"—one of the best books on writing, period.—and several books of poems including "Tropic of Squalor." She is a professor of English Literature at Syracuse University.

Albert Flynn DeSilver's poetry has appeared in more than 100 literary journals worldwide including ZYZZYVA, VOLT, New American Writing, Hanging Loose, Jubilat, and many others. Albert is the author of several books of poems, the memoir "Beamish Boy," (2012) and "Writing as a Path to Awakening," from Sounds True (2017) He is the founder of the Brilliant Writer community and is currently working on a novel.


10AM-2:30PM PST

Morning Session
with Albert Flynn DeSilver

10AM-12PM PST 

12PM - 1PM PST

Afternoon Session
with Mary Karr

1PM-2:30 PST


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Writing as a Path to Awakening—5 days of writing, mindfulness practice and conscious community in a spectacular setting!

This is Albert's signature 5 Day Retreat 

September 15th-19th, 2021

Shambhala Mountain Center
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado!

5 Day Writing Retreat at
Shambhala Mountain Center

Albert is teaching LIVE!! As in IN-PERSON!! 

September 15th-19th 2021



Writing into Truth: A Free Journaling & Open Writing Class

This is a weekly online journaling and open writing class offered by Albert as a way to keep us connected to the soul of our creativity.

Albert will share prompts and exercises, and/or a brief reading from a poem, memoir, novel or article as a way to jump-start our writing. We will then write together for 20 minutes, Albert might share a brief talk for 5-10 minutes, and then we will have time to share for those who want to, and then save the last 10-15 minutes for discussion and further resources.

Online event


"Cultivating Creativity, Wisdom & Compassion in Difficult Times"

This is a weekly online guided meditation class for 1 hour on Wednesday. It will include. . .

*10-15 minute guided meditation
*10-20 minute talk on cultivating wisdom and compassion in difficult times
*20 minutes of sharing, discussion and/or further resources

Weekly Meditation for Writers
Online event

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Writing as a Path to Awakening

workshop experience

How do we cultivate a true depth in our own writing?—those layers of profound emotional insight and revelation that inspire and move us as readers? We must first look inside ourselves and be willing to touch that raw emotional core at the heart of a deeper creativity. The practice of writing is ultimately an exploration of consciousness, a practice toward greater self-awareness.

Writing as a Path to Awakening workshops are an opportunity to explore more profound levels of personal identity and creativity through innovative writing exercises and practices, coupled with periods of dynamic meditation. You will learn. . .

* Innovative writing prompts and techniques
* How to create more TIME in your life for writing & creativity
* Ways to free yourself from writing blocks, self doubt, procrastination, and other hindrances
* How to access enhanced levels of creativity. 

You will leave with...

* Stronger writing skills
* An expanded sense of your own divine being
* An extensive understanding of the connection between creativity and consciousness.
* Connection to an extraordinary and diverse creative community