Your Guide


Laraine Herring

I am the author of On Being Stuck: Tapping into the Creative Power of Writer's Block; Writing Begins with the Breath and The Writing Warrior (all 3 with Shambhala Publications); Lost Fathers: How Women Can Heal from Adolescent Father Loss (Hazelden) and the novels Ghost Swamp Blues (White River), Gathering Lights: A Novel of San Francisco, and Into the Garden of Gethsemane, Georgia (both with Concentrium). I direct the creative writing program at Yavapai College, and I am the founder of Fierce Monkey Tribe. I have an MFA and an MA, and one of my passions is using story and writing to work with grief and loss. I also teach at the Kripalu Institute, the Omega Institute, and 1440 Multiversity.

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About this Course

Over 49 days, we will navigate four primary obstacle blocks writers face when living the writer's life. We will discuss the obstacles and explore solutions for each one. The lessons contain a lecture, writing prompts and activities, and recommended videos from TED talks. The course also includes two audio meditations and five videos from your guide to enhance your study and practice. 

Challenge Module 1: Setting and Time

This module addresses time management, boundary setting (internal and external) and cultivating space to write.

Challenge Module 2: Point of View and Perspective

This module addresses the internal obstacles to focusing on and maintaining a writing practice. 

Challenge Module 3: Dilemmas and Dialogue

This module gives you tools for identifying conflicting belief systems within yourself and your fiction as well as suggestions for entering into deep dialogue with your own writing practice and projects.

Challenge Module 4: Characters, Craft and Commitment

This module addresses the importance of community on and off the page, the respect for and study of the craft of writing, and the necessary tools for creating a sustainable commitment to your work. 


Get ready and rise up to write the story that will change everything!