WORKSHOPS

JOIN ME FOR A CATHOLIC ART INSTITUTE RETREAT FOR ARTISTS, JUNE 21 AND 22, 2024

FRANCISCAN MONASTERY OF THE HOLY LAND, WASHINGTON, DC

DETAILS HERE!


CAPTURE YOUR LIFE’S FIRE: A Memoir Writing Workshop

JOIN ME AT KYLEMORE ABBEY IN CONNEMARA, IRELAND–
FOR A FIVE-DAY MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP THIS EARLY FALL, FROM MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 THROUGH FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2024.

PARTICIPANTS WILL HAVE THE OPTION OF ARRIVING A DAY EARLY TO SETTLE IN, FAMILIARIZE YOURSELVES WITH THE GROUNDS, AND HOBNOB.

COST AND MORE DETAILS HERE.

IS THIS LANDSCAPE NOT TO DIE FOR!?

Venture to the West of Ireland for a unique experience–ideal for those seeking a retreat in a creative, mindful, and invigorating environment. The week will include enjoying the breathtaking Connemara landscape, communing with others and tasting the local cuisine. Kylemore Abbey adventures offer participants the unique opportunity to stay in a unique setting, with insight into local attractions which involve hiking, writing or hill walking.

The week will include five (six optional) residential nights (ensuite bedrooms) and five days, complete with resident experts, all meals prepared by our in-house chef from locally sourced producers. Join us for a completely new and unique experience.

OUR WEEK-LONG MEMOIR-WRITING WORKSHOP

How to begin? What is a story? What to write, how to write? Am I allowed to include living family members, employers, old boyfriends?…How to stay the course, earn a livelihood, and remain faithful to the artist’s calling?…

As a writer with twelve published memoirs of my own, I couldn’t be more excited to pass on my experience, strength and hope against the breath-taking backdrop of Connemara.

The Workshop is tailored toward those who love memoir, want to develop a deeper appreciation of memoir, and/or (especially) want to write their own memoir!

Upon signing up, you’ll receive a super-duper suggested reading list with many of my all-time favorite memoirs.  

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the mystery and beauty of the West of Ireland while also getting a hands-on grip toward telling our stories.

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KYLEMORE IS A WORKING BENEDICTINE ABBEY OF TEN NUNS
WITH (I’m not kidding) A WALLED GARDEN

My eight-week writing workshops combine instruction, writing prompts, in-class critique/discussion and an atmosphere of intense welcome, encouragement and support.

Here’s the flyer from I’ve used in the past, just to give you a flavor. 2023-24 are shaping up to be years of travel, but I hope to be offering my 8-week worshops again in the not-too-distant future.


A desire to learn more and to establish a more dedicated and structured way to write more is ALL that’s “required” for the Workshop! The participants generally bring a wide range of sensibilities, approaches, demographics, and levels of expertise. Some are Catholic, many are not. Some have never seriously written before, nor shown their work to another human being. Others have been published. The emphasis is not so much on the technical aspects of writing–although in the course of giving and receiving notes each week, those aspects are definitely covered–but rather the spiritual: enlarging our hearts, horizons and souls.

I’ve come to love the serendipity of each group–a tightly-knit, supportive community of eight weeks in which we’re invited to stretch, explore, and grow. All are most welcome.


TO SIGN UP, SIMPLY EMAIL ME AT HDKING719@GMAIL.COM.


TESTIMONIALS


“Heather’s firm command of the tools of her trade, those practical nuts and bolts of storytelling was invaluable to me. She is eager and encouraging, and her ability to share her deep love of writing inspires me every day.”  


PATRICK KERR, actor. Noel on FRASIER and blind guy on CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM

Heather’s Writing Workshop dropped in my lap in such a manner that I can only describe as, Divine Providence; after years of delaying an inner prompting to write, her 8-week course gave me the confidence I needed to begin my journey as a new writer! 

Ms. King’s experience and love for the craft and art of writing preceded her, but what struck me the most was the length to which she nurtured all of us for the duration of the Workshop.  Heather approached each student with a profound tenderness, sensitivity, encouragement, and generosity of spirit that spilled over into each one of us, creating a safe space it seemed we all needed.  


I highly recommend Heather King’s Writing Workshop to writers of all levels, and at all stages in the development of their work! 

NATALIA FERREIRO, OPERA SINGER AND ACTRESS


When I first heard of Heather’s writing workshop I thought, “I wish!” I desperately needed something, but I didn’t think Heather’s workshop would be possible for me. It was a financial commitment, but more than that, it was a time commitment. I brought it up to my wife, fully expecting her to shoot down the idea. Instead, she said she thought I should do it. I was floored… and very grateful. You see, I’m a writer who has been writing for years, but I’ve been stuck for the last two or three years. Over the last decade I’ve authored a book, contributed to other books, and have been published in various periodicals (including my own monthly column for three years), and created weekly content for podcasts and radio. But the last few years I have been in a rut. Stuck. In short, I’ve been a frustrated writer… frustrated because I wasn’t writing. One of the things I hoped to receive out of the workshop was new fire for writing, a reignited passion for writing. And on this point, Heather’s workshop did not disappoint. The experience of meeting weekly with other writers for the sole purpose of helping each other with both the art and craft of writing was… well, priceless. I am so grateful to have been a part of the workshop, and I look forward to participating again in a future workshop. Thank you, Heather, for putting your gifts at our service and for always calling us onward and higher!

The last few years I have been in a rut… I’ve been a frustrated writer… frustrated because I wasn’t writing. One of the things I hoped to receive out of the workshop was new fire for writing, a reignited passion for writing. And on this point, Heather’s workshop did not disappoint. The experience of meeting weekly with other writers for the sole purpose of helping each other with both the art and craft of writing was… well, priceless.

–JEFF YOUNG, THE CATHOLIC FOODIE