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…

Fall events!

Wednesday, September 24, 7-9pm. Corkscrew Wine Bar in Petaluma: Get Lit Reading Series with Kara Vernor, featuring guest readers Molly Giles, Peg Alford Pursell and Siamak Vossoughi

Tuesday, October 7, time TBA. Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma: Project Censored Banned Book event

Thursday, October 9, 6pm. Finley Community Center, Santa Rosa: Changing Hurt to Hope: Writers Speak Out Against Domestic Violence anthology Gala Book Launch

Saturday, October 18, 6pm. Elbo Room, San Francisco: Lit Crawl SF: Misfortunes in Love and Life: A Comedy / Storytelling Event (A Get Lit! event,co-hosted with Kara Vernor) featuring  Lila Cugini, Amanda Janik, Bianca Licata, Stephen Thomas, Ian Tuttle and Hilary Zaid

Saturday, October 18, 8:30pm. Dijital Fix, San Francisco: Lit Crawl SF: Broken Record with Chris Cole, Evan Karp, Lyz Luk and Andrew Paul Nelson

True Stories: A Writing Workshop with Dani Burlison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

True Stories: A Writing Workshop with Dani Burlison

Do you have an idea brewing for a personal essay or memoir but missing the motivation to get it on paper? Do you already have a completed essay that you’d like to breathe some new life into? Are you in the beginning stages of writing your story but not sure which direction to take it? Whether you’re writing for your own pleasure or have a piece you’d like to send out for publication, this workshop is for you!

In this four-week class, we’ll discuss the art of the personal essay, and all that comes with it– vulnerability, issues with confidentiality, self-reflection, and more. We’ll also engage in writing activities and have opportunities to receive feedback and support with fine-tuning manuscripts.

Love, loss, travel, parenting, humor, tragedy– all topics welcome!

Dates: Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25
When: 6:30pm – 9pm
Where: Undercover Baking Agency, 463 Sebastopol Ave, Santa Rosa (near Julliard Park)
Cost:$100- $175: Limited scholarships available
$50 deposit required – balance due at first class meeting unless other arrangements are made.

*Class size limited to 12 participants

Please email Dani at danisavestheworld@yahoo.com to register

Instructor Bio: Dani Burlison teaches autobiography writing classes at Santa Rosa Junior College and has been a staff writer for a Bay Area alt-weekly, a columnist for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and a book reviewer for The Los Angeles Review. Her writing can be found at The Chicago Tribune, Utne, Ploughshares, Hip Mama Magazine, Spirituality & Health Magazine, Shareable, Prick of the Spindle and more. Her collection of personal essays was published in December 2013.

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. 

Portland Book Reading at IPRC March 3

Noted Bay Area writers Tomas Moniz (Rad Dad) and Dani Burlison (McSweeney’s) join with local authors Zach Ellis and Joshua James Amberson for a dynamic night of readings. The tour is in support of Moniz’s new novella, Bellies and Buffalos (Black Hills Press) and Burlison’s new essay collection, Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos: True Stories.

Tomas Moniz is the founder, editor, and a writer for the award winning zine, book and now magazine: Rad Dad. He also is co-founder and co-host of the successful monthly reading series Lyrics and Dirges as well as the more rambunctious open mic, Saturday Night Special. He’s been making zines since the late nineties, and his most current zines Dirty and The Body is a Wild Wild Thing are available, but you have to write him a postcard: PO Box 3555, Berkeley CA 94703. Tomas teaches at Berkeley City College.

Dani Burlison has been a staff writer for a Bay Area alt-weekly, a columnist for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and a book reviewer for The Los Angeles Review. She writes a music/lit column at The Rumpus and is a freelancer of epic proportions with other work appearing or forthcoming in places like The Chicago Tribune, Ploughshares, Hip Mama Magazine, Rad Dad, Spirituality & Health Magazine, Shareable and more. She is a Squaw Valley Writers Workshop and Lit Camp alumna and lives in Sonoma County with her two daughters.

Zach Ellis writes creative nonfiction. He lives in Portland, Oregon and works as a bookseller when he isn’t writing. He is the father of a five year old, who gives him plenty of things to write about. He has written for The Gravity of the Thing and has travelled to Glasgow, Scotland to read his poetry at In Our Words: an LGBT literary festival.

Joshua James Amberson is the author of the long-running Basic Paper Airplane zine, as well The Prince Zine. His essays and music journalism have appeared in the Portland Mercury, Performer Magazine, Rascal Magazine, Quickest Flip Magazine, and American Songwriter, among others. He’s currently working on a young adult novel called The Importance of Forgetting.

See more at: http://www.iprc.org/calendar/rad-dad-reading#sthash.oq7wY5mm.dpuf

IPRC
1001 SE Division St
March 3rd 7:00 pm

“Dani Burlison is that rare writer who can rip her own heart out, lay it on the page, and still make you laugh with…recognition at the hilarity of it all.”
Ariel Gore

“Tomas Moniz’s take on the literary road trip is both hilarious and poignant.”
Lilliam Rivera

Get Lit – January Edition!

Join hosts Dani Burlison and Kara Vernor on the 4th Wednesday of every month for the Get Lit reading series at Corkscrew Wine Bar in Petaluma!

Each month will feature 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 free, 21+ event…

January Readers: Morgen Eliot and Wendy-O Matik and a very special surprise musical guest!

Update: We had a fabulous time with Wendy-O, Morgen and Sean Hayes!

 

Heavenly Bodies: A writing workshop for women

I’m really excited about offering this workshop and apparently, everyone else is, too because I’m almost full!

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 evening writing workshop for women–just in time for Valentine’s Day. 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. (*Women of all ages and lifestyles, including transgender women are welcome and encouraged to attend!)

When: Thursday, February 6; 6:30-9pm
Where: Serren’s Closet, 213 Western Ave., Petaluma
Cost: $35-50 sliding scale (ask about scholarships)
RSVP: danisavestheworld@yahoo.com
Who: Dani Burlison: www.daniburlison.com