is the author of Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death , a New York Times Notable Book of 2013. Her award-winning personal essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the NY Times Magazine, Best American Essays, and Best Buddhist Writing.
Do you have a story you are longing to tell? Take a great leap forward with a passionate teacher whose best-selling memoir was named a NY Times Notable Book of the year. In a spirit of spontaneous play, using prompts and free-writing, we'll first let the pen glide rapidly over the paper in short bursts. Be prepared to be surprised by what turns up, and to draw deeply from wells unfamiliar to you. Later, we’ll spin straw into gold, refining first drafts into polished scenes and stories that can electrify even strangers.