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Handwriting Analysis

The Secret in Your Script – You will be amazed at what your handwriting reveals! Learn how your handwriting is developed by your physical, intellectual, and emotional states. From Brushstrokes to Pen Strokes – Handwriting analysis of influential and famous artists. The Write Note – What handwriting analysis reveals about musicians and composers.   Lena Rivkin, MFA, is Vice President … Continued


Handwriting Analysis

The Secret in Your Script – You will be amazed at what your handwriting reveals! Learn how your handwriting is developed by your physical, intellectual, and emotional states From Brushstrokes to Pen Strokes – Handwriting analysis of influential and famous artists. The Hand Behind the Word –  What handwriting analysis reveals about poets and novelists.     Lena … Continued


Writing Workshop

Writing Workshop: How to Tell Your Story Have you ever wanted to write your stories for your family or for publication? Firoozeh Dumas, author of two New York Times bestselling memoirs will show you how can tell your story. Bring your questions! Bring your stories! Bring yourself! My classes are fun but thought-provoking and will … Continued



Concert + Writing Workshop

Writing Workshop for Poets, Songwriters or Prose Writers Laura Veirs’ writing workshops are aimed at songwriters, poets and prose writers. She has taught these for years on her own and through Stanford University’s Continuing Education Series. She will use a deck of her Kaleidoscope Creativity Cards which is a prompt-based system for unlocking people’s creativity. … Continued


Writing Workshop for Poets, Songwriters or Prose Writers + Concert

Writing Workshop for Poets, Songwriters or Prose Writers Laura Veirs’ writing workshops are aimed at songwriters, poets and prose writers. She has taught these for years on her own and through Stanford University’s Continuing Education Series. She will use a deck of her Kaleidoscope Creativity Cards which is a prompt-based system for unlocking people’s creativity. … Continued


Creativity and Writing

Workshops: Creativity and Writing New York Times bestselling author Ellen Sussman will present ways in which you can tap into your creative energy through writing. We’ll explore new forms of expression that will engage your imagination and enrich your life. These workshops will work for those of you who are experienced writers as well as those … Continued


Writing Workshop for Poets, Songwriters or Prose Writers + Concert

Writing Workshop for Poets, Songwriters or Prose Writers Laura Veirs’ writing workshops are aimed at songwriters, poets and prose writers. She has taught these for years on her own and through Stanford University’s Continuing Education Series. She will use a deck of her Kaleidoscope Creativity Cards which is a prompt-based system for unlocking people’s creativity. People … Continued


The Writing Process

Les Standiford, Ph.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-three books, including the critically acclaimed works of non-fiction, Last Train to Paradise, a History Channel Top Ten Pick & the One Read choice of more than a dozen public library systems. Meet You in Hell, and Washington Burning were both publisher’s nominees for … Continued


The Pleasures of Writing a Letter

“Sending a handwritten letter is becoming such an anomaly. It’s disappearing. My mom is the only one who still writes me letters. And there’s something visceral about opening a letter – I see her on the page. I see her in her handwriting.”  — Steve Carell It’s hard to conceive of any other type of … Continued


Rancho La Puerta Celebrates Writers and Writing

Anyone who enjoys putting words on paper finds great inspiration at Rancho La Puerta. This week, guests have the opportunity to attend writing workshops led by accomplished writers. Kathleen Flynn and Rita Jacobs, Ph.D. will both teach classes that will help guests sharpen their writing skills. Additionally, we will hold an evening celebration for our 2019 … Continued


Creativity and Writing

Workshops: Creativity and Writing New York Times bestselling author Ellen Sussman will present ways in which you can tap into your creative energy through writing. We’ll explore new forms of expression that will engage your imagination and enrich your life. These workshops will work for those of you who are experienced writers as well as those … Continued



Handwriting Analysis

The Secret in Your Script You will be amazed at what your handwriting can reveal! Professional handwriting analyst, Lena Rivkin, shares fun insights gleaned from your handwriting. The Write Note What handwriting analysis reveals about musicians and composers.  This presentation is a collaboratin between Lena Rivkin, handwriting expert, and the musicians who will be performing … Continued


Writing and Mindfulness

Self-Discovery through Journal Writing A journal asks you to live your life twice, once when it happens and once in reflection. Journal writing is an ideal way to express ideas, emotions and creativity as well as a way to heal the self, discover hidden abilities and desires—and, of course, deal with life’s realities. The Ranch … Continued


Writing From- and For- your Life

If you have ever wondered whether you had a story to tell, something to say, some memories to explore, a desire to write a memoir, family history, or anything else, this workshop will give you the tools to overcome your resistance and fear, help you see more clearly that we all have stories to tell, … Continued


On Writing

The Writing Life: An Evening with Author Elayne Clift “It’s all in the art. You get no credit for living.” – V.S. Pritchett Elayne Clift knew by the age of 13, when she received her first rejection from the Saturday Evening Post (for a poem she still thinks is publishable), that she wanted to be … Continued


On Writing

The Writing Life.  A freelance journalist reveals the secrets to returning to the page, how her career unfolded, and what it takes to keep on keeping on despite all the wild unknowns of the literary world. This talk explores failure and rejection as components to triumph, how to source inspired ideas as a non-judgmental observer, … Continued


Getting Started on Writing Your Memoir | Garnett Kilberg Cohen

Have you ever wanted to write a memoir—either for publication or simply to create a record of memories to pass on to your children and grandchildren? Or do you just want to explore your ability as a creative writer? This workshop will give you strategies for getting started on your writing and tips for writing … Continued


Writing Workshop | Irene Borger

The Creative Habit. Being creative means not knowing what is going to happen. It’s a skill you can practice that will transform you, your work – no matter the field – and your relationships. It’s also the mind-state most needed when there are changes in your life. Focus and fully engaged play are key. A … Continued


Writing Workshop

During this dynamic opening panel discussion the speakers will be introduced and discuss what they will be teaching and what you will learn; Q & A included.


Writing a Daily Gratitude Journal

I didn’t know about the magic of gratitude until a co-worker gave me a book on the subject. The Magic by Rhonda Byrne explains how feeling grateful has a powerful and positive impact on our thoughts. For a full month, I went through the book’s exercises and felt happier and more elevated than normal. Magical things … Continued


Writing the Story of Your Life with Erica Jong

There are few moments in your life where you meet someone so epic they have left a mark on history.  This week I was in the presence of someone like that: Erica Jong.  Oh, you may of heard of her!  She wrote the feminist classic Fear of Flying among many, many other novels and books … Continued


New Years Goals and Journal Writing

It’s that time of the year again.  Some people hate it, some love it, but either way, it’s hard not to reflect on the past year and think about changes for the new.  Personally, I think goals should be extended all year long, not just the beginning of the year.  The tradition of creating New … Continued


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