Private Writing Workshops

               or Private Retreats 

                  (No writing required! Just a time to rest and immerse in the beauty of Creation)

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”   

                                                                         ---Frederick Buechner

Your life is indeed a “fathomless mystery” worth listening and learning from. Leslie has been leading writers in discovering the hidden heart of their own lives for 30+ years. She knows from experience that writing CAN be taught as well as caught, shared, nurtured, challenged and fostered. Every life is full of pain and grace; every life is worth holy excavation.



*Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography

*Writing Essays that Change the World

*Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

*Created to Create!



Adjunct English Instructor (University of Alaska): 1990 – 1997

English Professor (University of Alaska) 1997 – 2002

Faculty: Master of Fine Arts (Seattle Pacific University) 2005 – 2010

Writer-in Residence (Covenant College) 2010, 2013

Professional Editor of books, essays, poetry, articles: 1990 – present


Where Has Leslie Led Workshops?


*Seattle Pacific University

*Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop

*Lake Michigan Writer’s Workshop

*Young Writer’s Conferences

*New Smyrna Beach Writer's Retreat

*Writing for Your Life Webinar

*Master Classes and Readings Wheaton College, Cedarville Univ., Mary Hardin Baylor University,    Houston Baptist Univ., Covenant College, Pepperdine U., Univ. of Oregon

*Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography, First Metropolitan Church, Victoria, B.C., University of Alaska





*Food and meals provided. Fresh seafood, wholesome homemade meals! You are welcome to eat as few or as many meals with us and our family/crew---or you may choose to eat alone in your studio. You're also welcome to join me in meal preparation or any of the other food work I am doing (making smoked salmon, jams and jellies, etc.)

*One-on-One professional guidance/feedback with me, discussing your work, as you choose. Up to 2 hours a day. You may simply want space and time to work, but if you desire any kind of feedback or guidance, I'm there.

*Adventure: walking, ocean trips in the skiff, beach combing. Your choice on activity and adventure vs. writing time.

*Getting there: You would fly into Larsen Bay on the mail plane (R/T $250). I would pick you up in the skiff at Larsen Bay for a 25 minute skiff ride to the island. Or you could fly straight to the island on a float plane (at about double the cost). 

*Cost: For One: $500/day with a minimum of 5 days, maximum of 10, (or as the retreat schedule permits.)

For two: $750/day

For Three or Four: $1,000/day

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