Life-Changing TEDx talk
Sakinah Hofler’s creative writing tutorial makes an unlikely exceptional TED talk. This TEDx talk is profound and the best thing I have seen/heard about writing in my entire writing life.
Haiku book and workshop
I just finished reading Natalie Goldberg’s latest book, Three Simple Lines: A Writer’s Pilgrimage into the Heart and Homeland of Haiku. It’s a delightful chance to visit Japan with its haiku masters in the lead. Natalie shares her decades-long study of haiku in a way that inspires me to write a few haiku myself.
I’m studying Japanese arts and culture this year, so the book was great armchair travel. Natalie is one of my main creative ancestors; her Writing Down the Bones paved the way for my entire writing life and work as a writing coach. I’m always happy to read her books.
She mentioned a haiku workshop she teaches at Upaya Zen Center in NM, so I looked it up. Lo and behold, she’s co-teaching a haiku workshop the weekend of February 19-21. It’s online and donation-based. I signed up and can’t wait.
I feel compelled to spread the word and thought there may be some among us here who want to join. Here’s the info for the class.
Web show turned book
The web show Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho is great. I heard Emmanuel on Unlocking Us, Brené Brown’s podcast. I can’t stop thinking about him and his ideas. He’s also got a book of the same name.
Podcast with a master writer
I love Tim Ferriss’ podcast. In the last five years or so, he’s gotten less bro and more heart-centered. The people he interviews are almost always fascinating.
This episode with American great author Joyce Carol Oates is full of nuggets. Almost from the start, she was saying things that relate to the challenges my clients and students face. Must-listen for writers.