Heavenly Bodies: A Writing Workshop for Women on Lopez Island, WA

heavenly bodiesI’m offering this FREE workshop as a part of my writing residency at Woodland Keep on Lopez Island in Washington (where I am finishing Lady Parts #2: The Anger Issue)!

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Through our bodies, we experience the world’s most outrageous pleasures and most frustrating pains, and our relationships with our bodies determine how we experience the world. Celebrate, examine, heal, reminisce over and laugh about your relationship with your one and only body in this morning writing workshop for women. We’ll write and share stories in a safe, fun, honest and empowering space and leave with new perspectives on how to love our female bodies. We’ll incorporate herbal medicine (essential oils, tinctures and flower essences) into our writing practice, as well. (*Women of all ages and lifestyles, including cis and transgender women and nonbinary folks are welcome and encouraged to attend!) 

Bring a notepad and writing utensil
Tea and light snacks provided!

When: Saturday, May 20; 10am-1pm
Where: Lopez Island, Washington (address given upon RSVP confirmation)
Cost: FREE (donations of $5-20 happily and gratefully accepted but not required)!
RSVP: danisavestheworld@yahoo.com
Who: Dani Burlison

Dani Burlison is the author of Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos: True Stories, a collection of essays which first appeared in her McSweeney’s Internet Tendency column of the same name, and LADY PARTS (available at Pioneers Press). She has been a staff writer at a Bay Area alt-weekly, a book reviewer for Los Angeles Review and a regular contributor at Chicago Tribune, KQED Arts and The Rumpus. Her writing can also be found at WIRED, Vice, Utne, Ploughshares, Hip Mama Magazine, Spirituality & Health Magazine, Made Local Magazine, Shareable, and more. She is an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Lit Camp and the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference and has upcoming work in various online and print publications. Dani teaches autobiography writing at Santa Rosa Junior College in Sonoma County, CA and is visiting Lopez Island to finish LADY PARTS #2: the anger issue…

Upcoming Events!

 

Tuesday, May 19; 7-9pm: Inside Storytime Reading
La Movida Wine Bar, San Francisco. $5

Wednesday, May 27; 7-9pm Get Lit Reading Series
Corkscrew Wine Bar, Petaluma. Free.

Thursday evenings in July: 4 Week “True Stories” Writing Workshop
Location: TBA

Spring is Springing in Sonoma County!

Upcoming events:

Sunday, March 8; 10am-12pm: Springtime Morning Jumpstart Writing Workshop
Arlene Francis Center. $35-50/sliding scale

Saturday, March 14; 7:30pm: Rolling Writers Landscapes “California” Authors event
Rolling-Out, 1722 Taraval St., SF. Free

Wednesday, March 25; 7-9pm Get Lit Reading Series
Corkscrew Wine Bar, Petaluma. Free.

April 2015; Short Story debut in Tahoma Literary Review

Happy New Year!

After some health issues put me out of commission for several months, I am back on my game and have some fun upcoming events planned!

Me, Siamak Vossoughi, Peg Alford Pursell, Molly Giles and Kara Vernor at our last Get Lit!

Thursdays Jan. 8 – Jan. 29: Four week “True Stories” Writing Workshop for the New Year in Santa Rosa, CA. Email me at danisavestheworld@yahoo.com for more information.

January 12-May 21:I’m teaching four SRJC Autobiographical Writing classes for older adults this semester. More info here.

Wednesday, Jan. 28;7pm: Get Lit! Reading Series, co-hosted by yours truly and Kara Vernor at Corkscrew Wine Bar in Petaluma. Our January readers include Ariel Gore, Mindela Ruby and Kate Folk!

Wednesday, Feb. 11; 7:30pm: I’ll be reading at a book launch for Mindela Ruby’s “Mosh it Up!” at Pegasus Books in Berkeley.

Ongoing: I’m pretty psyched that I’ve recently become a regular contributor at KQED Arts. You can check out my latest stories here!

Have a Happy New Year everyone!

 

Get Lit turns ONE!

For June we’re celebrating our FIRST BIRTHDAY! Our ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Summertime! Awesome writers! Petaluma! Good wine! Sunshine! All of it! And to help us celebrate are three Sonoma County-based writers: Guy Biederman, Amanda Janik and Frances Lefkowitz and YOU on the open mic.

You really don’t want o miss this. We might have cupcakes or a piñata! Or a kissing booth!

Wednesday, June 25; 7-9pm. Free!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hosted by Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor, Get Lit features guest readers with a short open mic immediately following. Authors will have books and other materials available to purchase. Corkscrew will have fantastic wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, appetizers and deserts for sale at the bar, as well. Get Lit is a 21+ event.

Interview at SF Weekly

The fabulous Evan Karp interviewed me for his weekly “The Write Stuff” blog at SF Weekly, which is perfect timing, as my book just came out at Amazon.

 

 

 

Here’s an excerpt:

When people ask what do you do, you tell them… ?

“Until almost a year ago, I was a staff writer at an alt-weekly in Marin County and a freelance writer for a few other places. Now I teach creative/autobiography writing to older adults through a community college where I live. I still write articles here and there, including a small travel column that I co-write for The Chicago Tribune. I’m also working on my second book.

Plus, I’m a full-time single mom of two teens. That shit takes a whole special and complicated supernatural skill set. Keeping them alive and relatively well-adjusted this long is my biggest accomplishment to date. I like to think of myself as a sorceress.”

You can read the rest here!

 

 

Sweet Adeline’s Book of the Month Club: March 2014

Meet, greet and discussion about Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos at Sweet Adeline Bakeshop, 3350 Adeline Street, Berkeley, California; Sunday March 30, 2-3pm.

Sweet Adeline Bakeshop is proud to announce its Featured Book of the Month Club! Each month we will feature work published by a local author, culminating with a meet the author event and book discussion on the last Sunday of the month 2-3 pm. We are committed to featuring work by a diverse body of writers and will include a wide array of genres. (For more information or if you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please contact ebabzfest@gmail.com.)

The pick for March is Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos: True Stories 

Books will be available at Sweet Adeline on March 13 and can also be purchased here.

Or for your Kindle at Amazon

About the book:

Dani Burlison’s collection of essays, named after her McSweeney’s Internet Tendency column of the same name, is an exploration of the wacky, shameful, ridiculous and heartbreaking topics that the rest of us don’t want to talk about. Part anthropological research on new age practices, part memoir with humorous and often brutally honest self-reflection,Dendrophilia covers the most absurd taboos that you never thought you actually really want to talk about.