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HEATHER KING

Welcome! You’ll find here my books, a weekly arts and culture column, and a decade’s worth of blog posts.

I also offer writing workshops, retreats on the creative vocation, talks on a variety of subjects, manuscript editing, spiritual companionship, and Zoom chats—either on a particular topic or free-form—for groups of any size.

“Desire lines” are the names given by urban planners to what happens when one person’s impulsive shortcut encourages others to follow, creating informal, unmapped channels through a city.

What if, together, we could begin to make new desire lines—for ourselves, for the world?

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DESERT SOLITAIRE
Devastating discovery: Tucson does not have 99 Cents Only Stores, which have …
WANTED: DISTURBING HOMILIES!
Here's how this week's arts and culture column begins: Recently I heard …
THE PILGRIMAGE CONTINUES
From a friend, last week, at Madonna House in Combermere, Ontario: "The …
PASOLINI AND ME PODCAST!
More podcast fun. This one is from Catholic Culture, with Thomas Mirus …
THE RELEVANCE OF THE STARS
From “Overcoming Dualism”: “In practical terms this means that everything human that …
MY PODCAST ABOUT MONEY
Here's an interview I taped a while back with the wonderful Chloe …
NIGHT AND FOG: ALAIN RESNAIS’ HOLOCAUST MASTERPIECE
Mountains of eyeglasses, combs, shaving brushes, human hair: “Here are the stockpiles …
MORNING LIGHT
Every once in a while I end up at some strange, random …
MEDIOCRITY BARE OF PATHOS
"How difficult it is to recognize the self-revealing God! How difficult to …
SILENCE AND THE EXISTENTIAL DESERT
Recently I had lunch with a dear friend of many decades, a …

WRITING WORKSHOPS

My eight-week writing workshops–the next one begins in September!–combine instruction, writing prompts, in-class critique/discusson and an atmosphere of intense welcome, encouragement and support.


DESIRE LINES WORKSHOPS

Oh people this will be so much fun. We are going to map our hearts.
TO BE ANNOUNCED!


SPEAKING

I’ve given talks across the country and here in LA on conversion, recovery from addiction, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the nobility of artistic vocation, cooking, gardening, travel, prayer, and how to live on 20 grand a year.


EDITING

With decades’ worth of experience, several award-winning memoirs, and the #1 regular arts and culture column in the country from the Catholic Press Association, I can help you envision, shape, write, revise and edit your essay, short story, or manuscript.


SCENES FROM MY PASADENA, CALIFORNIA, CLOISTER-COMMUNE.
I LIVE ALONE AND CHEEK-BY-JOWL WITH ABOUT A ZILLION NEIGHBORS!