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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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BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT
Here's how this week's arts and culture column begins: During COVID, I’ve …
TWO FAVORS
One: Is someone out there conversant with Adobe InDesign who would be …
A VOCATION OF WATER: HOW ONE MAN IS BRINGING NEW LIFE TO EL SALVADOR
“El Salvador is an amazing country. Its nickname is ‘the little flea …
WHOEVER I AM
"I am a question-asker and a truth-seeker. I do not have much …
LOTUSLAND
Here's how this week's arts and culture column begins: Madame Ganna Walska …
HARROWED: LIFE LESSONS FROM THE GARDEN
IT IS HERE. My newest book. the back cover copy. "This is …
THE CELLIST: GREGOR PIATIGORSKY
Violinist Isaac Stern recalls watching Piatigorsky maneuver a cello through a narrow …
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
Then I learned that when he died, a 40-plus-year-old letter from Riborg …
THE FOUR QUADRANTS OF CONFORMISM
Graham’s thesis is that passively conventionally-minded are the largest group and the …
KIMSOOJA
Here's how this week's arts and culture column begins: A little of …

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.


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!