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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, coaching and manuscript editing, and talks on a variety of subjects–with an overall thrust toward the promotion of the artistic vocation.

“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?

BOOKS



BLOG


<i>LOURDES</I>, A DOCUMENTARY
“Lourdes is a place for everyone, not just well-mannered religious people. You …
ALL SPIRITUAL ADVENTURES ARE CALVARIES
“I picture the silence of certain souls as being like vast places …
SKID ROW MARATHON
LA Superior Court Judge Craig J. Mitchell on the Skid Row Running …
THE BEAUTY WITHIN
Sister Hanna Maria: It's a daily being confronted by the truth of …
I WAS SICK AND YOU VISITED ME
The man who buried the talent was like this. His life was …
SANTA MARIA NOVELLA: THE WORLD’S OLDEST APOTHECARY
There are deep burgundy bags of potpourri, fragrance diffusers, and cleansing sprays–a …
SEND ME A POSTCARD
The mailperson, almost inevitably a man in my experience, is right up …
THE GLOBAL GARAGE SALE
“Before the 1960s, Japanese had a feeling of mottainai, a difficult-to-translate Japanese …
A DAY IN THE LIFE
One thing I really liked about being married was having a guy …
CHAMBERS OF WONDER
the Holy Father's prayer intention for July is Social Friendship: "We pray …

WRITING WORKSHOPS

My eight-week writing workshops–the next one runs from August 7 through September 25, 2021!–combine instruction, writing prompts, in-class critique/discussion and an atmosphere of intense welcome, encouragement and support.


COACHING

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


SPEAKING

I’ve given talks across the country and here in LA on conversion, recovery from addiction, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, everyday mysticism, prayer, and the nobility of artistic vocation.


SCENES FROM THE URBAN HERMITAGE FROM WHICH I
COMMUNE WITH MY NEIBHBORS AND THE WORLD!