Take a class with Cheryl

June 25-30th, 2017

Location: Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California
Workshop title: Writers' Camp

Writers take over the entire Esalen campus during this annual workshop organized by Cheryl Strayed. In sessions led by each of the six distinguished faculty members (Steve Almond, Pam Houston, David Hernandez, Samantha Dunn, and Thrity Umrigar), you’ll hear lectures, do writing exercises, discuss the art and craft of creative writing, and have the opportunity to share your work in a nurturing environment that engages and challenges writers of all levels, from the novice to the advanced. Because the focus of the workshop is on generating new writing rather than critiquing manuscripts, you simply begin where you are. You can be a published writer or someone who has never written much at all. This is a fun, creative, inspiring week designed to ignite and re-ignite your passion for the stories you have to tell. Many people return year after year.

All students will be taught by each of the faculty members over the course of the camp. There will also be time to soak in the hot springs, hike, get massages, read books, watch the sun rise/​set and relax beneath the stars.

All meals and housing (of various types/​at a range of prices) are included with the fee.
Childcare may be available on site for children under of the age of 8 for an additional fee (see Esalen web site for information about the Gazebo School).

Registration details at the link below. This workshop is FULL. But: people's plans change, there are always cancellations--some only a day or two before the workshop begins--so don't assume you won't get in if you've been wait-listed.

October 13-15, 2017

Location: 1440 Multiversity, 800 Bethany Drive. Scotts Valley, California
Workshop title: Brave Magic

Spend a one-of-a-kind weekend with Elizabeth Gilbert and Cheryl Strayed exploring the pathways to expressing yourself and your story in the world. Dig deep with these two beloved authors and adventure-seekers and get real about mining your curiosity, supporting your creativity, and embracing your challenges with courage and bravery.

Through interviews with Liz and Cheryl, experiential workshop sessions, and opportunities for reflection, we will discover together just how our attitudes, habits, and determination—along with healthy doses of magical thinking—make it possible to keep the faith on our journey and show up fully for what arises.

Dive in and explore:
Amping up your curiosity so you can turn it into creative action
Taking a no-excuses approach to prioritizing your own creative fulfillment
Having fun even as you delve into your deepest, darkest—and most interesting—inner landscapes to reveal what’s in your heart
How to shake off fear, get unstuck, and start making stuff.
Experience unparalleled encouragement to pursue your passions and bring the love that lives within you out into the world. With warm sincerity, infectious enthusiasm, and inspiring anecdotes, Liz and Cheryl will share the foundation of their creative lives to help inspire yours.

Register and find more details at the link below. Note: the event is SOLD OUT.

October 18-22, 2017

Location: Marconi Conference Center, Marshall, California (Marin County)
Workshop title: Writing By Writers Workshop @​ Tomales Bay

The Writing By Writers Workshop @​ Tomales Bay brings aspiring writers into close community with nationally known poets and writers. Manuscript and poetry workshops are limited to 12 participants to ensure an intimate setting.

Registration and more details at the link below. Note: Cheryl's workshop is FULL.

Books by Cheryl Strayed

A book of quotations
A memoir
Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
A novel
Photo by Catherine Hope