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Wabi-Sabi for Writers: A weekend writing workshop with Maya Stein and Laurie Wagner

  • The Creativity Caravan 32 Dodd Street Nutley, NJ United States (map)

Wabi-Sabi for Writers
A weekend writing workshop co-led with Laurie Wagner

May 3-5, 2019
Nutley, New Jersey

In traditional Japanese aesthetics, “wabi-wabi” translates as the acceptance of imperfection. Its aspects include asymmetry, roughness, quirkiness, and a flawed beauty that heightens the uniqueness, freshness, and natural integrity of objects, places, and environments.

In writing, our ambitions are often the opposite. We pursue perfection in our work – sharp, clear, unblemished lines that belie the effort it took to create them. Aiming for seamlessness, we work to cover the cracks in our construction, any visible evidence that threatens the picture of our wholeness. But often this labor results in losing the fundamental spontaneity of our relationship with our creative voice, and feeling a life-force of joy and connection drain from us as we navigate the confines of bringing our work to completion.

“Wabi-Sabi for Writers” is a weekend writing workshop that will engage participants to discover and celebrate the wobbly journey of embracing the stories that want to be told, and telling them truthfully. We will write and we will read.

I will be leading this retreat with seasoned facilitator (and my frequent writing partner) Laurie Wagner. We’ll dive into the troubled waters of the writing practice, and learn how to loosen our process – rather than confine it – to take deeper risks with our voice and give our work new clarity and strength.


dates and times
Friday night May 3, 2019: 7-9PM
Saturday May 4, 2019: 9:30AM-4:30PM
Sunday May 5, 2019: 9:30AM-4:30PM

Nutley, New Jersey (25 minutes from Newark International Airport)

$500 Includes delicious catered lunch both days, snacks, coffee and daily delectables. Workshop is limited to 12 participants.

about Laurie Wagner
Laurie is the creator of 27 Powers and has been leading “Wild Writing” workshops for the past 25 years. She is a process guru and has a genius for holding space, helping people unzip what’s inside of them, and get ink on the page. A creative brain-stormer, she specializes in out-of-the-box ways to tell your stories. Her “Wild Writing” classes- live and online – are the cornerstone of her current work. She is the author of Living Happily Ever After: Couples Talk about Long Term Love, and Expectations: 30 Women Talk about Becoming a Mother. You can find her online at

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Earlier Event: May 3
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