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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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NOMAD: BRUCE CHATWIN AND WERNER HERZOG
Perhaps it was inevitable that these two self-mythologizing figures would meet. Their …
ACTING AS IF
"Acting as if" doesn't mean pretending everything's "all right" and that we're …
I’M JUST GONNA KEEP POSTING THIS TILL THE WORKSHOP IS FULL!
HEATHER KING SPRING 2021 WRITING WORKSHOP!! 8 WEEKS, MARCH 6-APRIL 24, SATURDAYS …
THE PROBLEM WITH CONTRIVING TO BE CONTROVERSIAL
That doesn’t mean you never say things with which people disagree. It …
MARDI GRAS
I'm embarrassed to admit that my eating habits are truly abysmal. I …
COCKTAIL HOUR AT THE FRICK, COVID-STYLE
“Why these vegetables together? This is the artist, sending someone to the …
MARCH-APRIL SPRING 2021 WRITING WORKSHOP!!
HEATHER KING, SPRING 2021, 8-WEEK WRITING WORKSHOP!! MARCH 6-APRIL 24, 12-2 PST. …
FALLOUT: THE EVIL OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
When journalist John Hersey arrived in Japan, over a year after the …
PEACE! BE STILL!
Around 2:00, I glanced at my phone, noticed a Voicemail and saw …
MOVIES AND MORE MOVIES
WOMEN'S PRISON MOVIES: Caged (1950) Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead. “She’ll be back.” …

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.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2020: 8:45 AM-1 PM PST


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!