Along with the whirlwind of activity around the release of my new book, White Flour, and some concert appearances, I’m preparing for a collection of conferences this summer, and I hope you can join me at some of them. One is for youth, and the rest for adults, with youth welcome. I’ll be teaching creative writing for a week in Pennsylvania, ‘Peaceful Parenting’ in North Carolina, and more creative writing, but in the context of a peace conference, in New Mexico. I’ll also be keynoting the Youth Celebration in Texas. Read on for details, and come spend some time with me this summer.
This past weekend brought the Voice Conference in Montreat, where I spoke about vocation to secular work, along with former North Carolina governor Jim Martin, former CEO of Habitat for Humanity Paul Leonard, and John Shoop, until recently of the University of North Carolina football program. It was an honor to be a part of that line-up. Still coming up…
• June 24 – 29, Hunt, Texas (Southwest Texas, near Kerrville). I’ll be keynoting the Youth Celebration conference (for high school students), on the topic of “Stumbling Toward the Light.” If you’re in high school, come join us!
• July 3 – 7, Montreat, North Carolina — For the first time, I’ll have the opportunity to co-lead a workshop with my wife, Deanna, on “Peaceful Parenting.” This will be part of the Parenting With Soul conference, a first-time offering for Montreat.
• July 11 – 15, Ghost Ranch, New Mexico — The Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference 2012 will be at Ghost Ranch, and I’ll be co-leading a creative writing class with my friend Shannon Parks-Beck. Come join us for an intimate and rich conversation with several of the Presbyterian Church’s leaders on peace and justice issues.
• July 15 – 19, Pendle Hill, Pennsylvania — Write Now! This will be an intimate intensive workshop on creative writing, welcoming people of every level of skill and experience. I’ll be offering some of the tools I use to help me write, and challenging some common beliefs about writing along the way.
I hope you can join me somewhere along the way!