TRUSTING THE DRAFT:
A Master Chef’s culinary vision begins with trust in the ability of simple ingredients — perhaps fresh basil and chives, or tarragon and mint, crisp peppers from the garden, farm eggs and butter, a filet of wild salmon—to create a work of art that nurtures body and soul. Writing is no different: Begin with a vision and trust the raw ingredients of your imagination. Trust the fresh words that gather on the page to lead you to a story or poem or essay that engages the senses and satiates the soul.
Come Hungry Leave Inspired
During this one-day seminar, we’ll explore the challenges of creating that first draft—from unearthing our literary visions to overcoming our fears. We’ll talk about what inspires us, and what doesn’t. We’ll share some of our own early drafts and create some exciting new ones. We’ll talk about how nibbling around the edges can get us closer to the center.
Sunday, July 20, 2014, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday Brunch at 11:00am
Optional moderate hike afterwards.
Page has been teaching writing workshops for 17 years, in over 200 venues in the U.S. and British Columbia. She often teaches “across genre” because, whether she’s talking about narrative nonfiction, memoir, or fiction, she believes that all good writing starts at the emotional root of the human experience. The content of her workshops can be customized to fit most audiences, but here are some of her favorite topics (some based on articles she has written for The Writer Magazine, Sojourns, and Reader’s Digest):
Page’s speaking style is intimate – an emotionally “up close” experience with the audience. Whether speaking about the 12-month trip around the world she took as a teenager, rearing her son and daughter on a small ranch in Wyoming, how her father gave birth to the financial planning industry, the month she spent alone in a remote mountain cabin, or floating down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, she will invite you inside both her joy and sorrow. Here are a few of her favorite speaking topics:
Past Presentations, Keynotes and workshops include:
Women Writing the West, Albuquerque, NM; Denver Woman’s Press Club, Denver, CO; American Indian Higher Education Consortium, San Diego, CA; Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, CO; Risk Taking, Fire within Dangerous Minds Conference, Regis University, Denver, Colorado; Feminist Luncheons, Denver, CO; Women & the Environment, Santa Fe, NM; River Writing, Aspen Summer Words, Aspen, CO; Writing from the Imaginative Storm, Taos Writing Salon, NM; Walking Words, Telluride, CO; “Writing along the Rim” 3-day retreat, Grand Canyon, AZ; Women Writing West, CU Denver; Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Colorado Springs, CO; Writing from the River’s Edge, Green River, UT; Quivira Coalition, Albuquerque, NM; Fall Equinox Writing Retreat, Mt. Vernon, CO; Writing the West Conference, Western State College, Gunnison, CO; Women’s Studies Program, UW Faculty Club, Seattle, WA; Ozark Creative Writers Conference, Eureka Springs, Arkansas; Governor’s Arts Award Banquet, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Adventure Writing Symposium, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Western Writers of America, WY; Rocky Mountain Book Festival, Denver, Colorado; Writer’s in the Sky, Telluride, Colorado; Smithers Arts Council, Smithers, British Columbia; Northwest Book Fest Seattle, Washington; Mountains and Plains Booksellers Conference, Denver, Colorado; Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota; Northern Arizona University, Museum of Northern Arizona, the Arboretum, Flagstaff, Arizona; the Phoenix Women’s Expo, Phoenix, Arizona; The Reader’s Festival, South Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colorado.
Small Business Consulting
The Sherpa guides in the Himalayas know that a mountain is climbed one small step at a time. Our dreams, too, can be reached, one attainable goal at a time. The “big picture” is the horizon. What we do each hour, each day, marks our journey toward that horizon. Page will listen to your goals, ask questions about current partnerships, current ways of doing business, and the challenges you face.
Career Consulting for WritersPlease see the Writing Services page for coaching and career services for writers.