Journeying The Heroine's Journey 6 Week Workshop with Kate Farrell
Oct 25, 2023 1:00 PM

Journeying The Heroine's Journey 6 Week Workshop with Kate Farrell

Explore the heroine’s journey!

Tapping into the primal, oral tradition of feminine folk and fairy tales, we’ll translate its archaic challenges into those facing modern women and in your own life. With prompts and writing exercises, we’ll discover how to use both the narrative arc of the heroine’s journey and its basic motifs, characters, and archetypes in our journaling and creative writing. This workshop and its source material is a counterpoint to The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell—its concept of the monomyth that discounted a heroine’s quest. 

We’ll pursue the feminine quest in three foundational ancient texts from matriarchal cultures: Slavic fairy tale, Baba Yaga & Vasilissa the Brave, Greek myth, Psyche and Eros, Greek and Islamic/Sufi tale, Fatima the Spinner and the Tent. We’ll translate their metaphoric challenges to those facing modern women and in your own life through storytelling, discussion, personal narrative, free writes, and journaling.


Journaling webinar with Lynda Monk
Dec 1, 2023 11:00 AM

Journaling webinar with Lynda Monk

Whether you are an avid long-time journal writer or just getting started, you might wonder how to go deeper with your journaling and get more out of it?

Do you ever get bored writing about the same old things? Do you long to get more out of your journaling?  Maybe you want to gain new insights for life decisions, increase your self-awareness or spark your creative self-expression?

During this one hour free webinar, you will learn how to take your journaling to deeper levels and get more out of it. You will discover…

  1. The key to making your journaling a transformational practice to help you live your best life
  2. A simple journaling exercise you can do over and over again to never run out of things to write about
  3. A powerful strategy for gaining new insights and “aha moments” from your journaling
  4. The secret to accessing continual inspiration for your journaling journey!


Everyone who registers will receive a recording of this webinar. Thank you!


Writing A Memoir hosted (virtually) by Nita Sweeney
Dec 7, 2023 12:00 PM

Writing A Memoir hosted (virtually) by Nita Sweeney

Writing a Memoir That is More Than a Memoir


A Lunch and Learn Discussion with Nita Sweeney. 


Unable to attend? No worries.


Register anyway and receive the replay!


If you’ve been around the memoir scene for very long, you’ve no doubt heard “Memoirs don’t sell.” As with any myth, there’s more that’s false about that statement than true. A more accurate statement is “Some memoirs don’t sell.” But many do!


Join bestselling memoir author Nita Sweeney for this Lunch N Learn in which she will discuss how to improve the odds that your memoir will sell.


Nita’s first book, the running and mental health memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target, not only sold to a publisher, but it won awards, made lists, and continues to sell four years after it was


In this program, Nita will discuss:


  • Universal themes in memoir
  • Memoir as self-help
  • Memoir as how-to
  • Memoir as resource offering


Grab your lunch, a cup of coffee, and bring your best questions. Join us for a fun, interactive session.


Mindfulness coach Nita Sweeney is the bestselling wellness author of the award-winning running and mental health memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My
Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink
, and co-creator of the writing journal, You Should Be Writing: A Journal of Inspiration & Instruction to Keep Your Pen Moving. Her third book, Make
Every Move a Meditation: Mindful Movement for Mental Health, Well-Being and Insight was featured in the Wall Street Journal. Her next book, A Daily Dose of Now: 365 Mindfulness
Meditation Practices for Living in the Moment, will be released in October. Nita lives in central Ohio with her husband, Ed, and their yellow Labrador retriever, Scarlet. Download your free
copy of Nita’s eBook Three Tools for a Happier, Healthier Mind or the infographic, Meditation Myths.




WNBA FREE Event- Writing a Memoir That is More Than a Memoir

Thursday, December 7th at 12 P.M. PDT- A FREE Virtual Event- A Lunch and Learn Discussion with Nita Sweeney


Sex After Grief Talk with Joan Price
Dec 13, 2023 12:00 PM

Sex After Grief Talk with Joan Price

Author Joan Price, author of Sex After Grief: Navigating Your Sexuality After Losing Your Beloved, helps us explore the challenges of sex after the loss of a partner with shared insights and personal stories. This free Zoom event is hosted by Senior Planet and AARP.



About the Event

Sex is complicated enough when it’s easy. But how do we nurture ourselves as sexual beings when we’re grieving? What do we do with our sexual feelings when grieving? How do we know when it’s time to be open to a new sexual relationship, whether it’s a friend with benefits or a new love connection? Award-winning author Joan Price shares anecdotes and advice from her own grief journey and from experts and other grievers.


December 13, 2023
3:00-4:00 PM Eastern Time US (12:00-1:00 PM Pacific Time)

How to Join

Register at Be sure to adjust the time for your time zone.

Please note that you must be signed in to your account or create an account to register for events. AARP membership is not required. You will be emailed a link to join the class via Zoom prior to the event.





Nita Sweeney appearing at Elves Bookstore, Ohio
Dec 16, 2023 10:00 AM

Nita Sweeney appearing at Elves Bookstore, Ohio

Elves’ Bookshop
Saturday, December 16 from 10am to 3pm
River Valley Mall, Lancaster, Ohio

Join bestselling author Nita Sweeney and other local authors to help you choose the perfect gift for your friends and families this holiday season!

10% of proceeds will go to the Fairfield County District Library!

Get more information at


Winter Solstice Yoga with Connie Habash
Dec 22, 2023 9:30 AM

Winter Solstice Yoga with Connie Habash

Friday, December 22nd, 9:30-11:30 am – Soulful Solstice Yoga in Palo Alto, CA

Spirit calls us into the sacred stillness of winter on this solstice day. Step into the winter season with other soulful beings through mindful yoga practice & philosophy, meditation, inner reflection, journaling, and group sharing.

$30 Early Bird registration, by December 17th ($35 thereafter, space available)

Bring a journal/notebook and pen. Yoga mats and props are provided, but you may bring your own mat.


Heroines Journey storytelling workshop with Kate Farrell!
Jan 6, 2024 2:00 PM

Heroines Journey storytelling workshop with Kate Farrell!

As we journey along well-worn tourist paths or to far flung destinations, we are eyewitnesses. If we gather not only photos and mementos, but chronicle our adventures with well-told stories, we can entertain our listeners.

The years of early childhood, the first flickers of memory, are precious. Where did it all start? To get a sense of yourself and your own life story, take some time to reflect.

Life offers many challenges—not all are the same size or type. Whatever a particular challenge meant to you, you faced it down, and became the wiser. 

Defining stories are at the heart of self-discovery. They have the power to express our unique identity to others. Circumstances bring out the best and worst in us, but more importantly, they expose our true nature.

Family stories matter. They directly impact how we see ourselves because they give us an idea of where we come from and where we’re going. 

Enjoy the talent and amazing stories of the workshop storytellers! Each teller will have five minutes to share his or her favorite story created in the West Portal series.


Dr John Duffy in person reading at Boswell Books!
Jan 24, 2024 6:30 PM

Dr John Duffy in person reading at Boswell Books!

John Duffy, author of RESCUING OUR SONS - an in-person Boswell event

About this Event

Boswell Book Company presents an evening with John Duffy, author of Rescuing Our Sons: 8 Solutions to Our Crisis of Disaffected Teen Boys. In conversation with Molly Fay.

Clinical psychologist and parenting expert John Duffy appears at Boswell for a conversation about his latest book, which offers practical solutions for dealing with our national crisis of disaffected boys and young men. Recent decades have shown that boys are simply not thriving the way they should be. Duffy offers practical steps to improve the understanding of teenager boys, equip them with life skills to improve the present and the future, and bringing families together.

Giuliana Rancic says: "John is the real deal… He knows what kids are dealing with, what their struggles are, where their strengths lie, what they know, and what they need."

John Duffy’s writing has appeared in CNN, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, he has been a regular contributing expert on NewsNation and Steve Harvey, and made frequent appearances on CNN, Today, and The Morning Blend.

Click here to order a copy of . Signed copies and personalization available on pre-orders. Please note that signed copies will not be shipped until after the event.

Joan Gelfand guest speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference
Feb 15, 2024 9:00 AM

Joan Gelfand guest speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference

The 20th annual San Francisco Writers Conference will take place on February 15-18, 2024
at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco.
The hotel is across from the Ferry Building and next to the Embarcadero BART station!

Plan to join us at our 20th Celebration and Learn…Connect…Publish!


Your Heroine's Journey writing workshop with Kate Farrell and Mary Mackey
Mar 16, 2024 1:00 PM

Your Heroine's Journey writing workshop with Kate Farrell and Mary Mackey

A Multi-Generational Writing Workshop
With Mary Mackey and Kate Farrell

Saturday, March 16, 1:00 – 5:00 pm /PDT
Location: A North Berkeley Cottage

Come Claim Your Power and Share It!
Celebrate Women’s History Month in Literature and Life
This interactive workshop is geared for pairs of attendees from different generations: mothers and daughters, aunts and nieces, grandmothers and granddaughters, mother figures with younger women, and all other combinations that span two or three age groups.

We will learn from one another’s perspective and write our journeys, inspired by research and literature of the long ago matriarchal cultures told in folklore and re-imagined fiction.

$95 Registration per attendee
Register as individuals but come in pairs!
Light Refreshments offered in a charming North Berkeley cottage. Directions provided when your registration is confirmed.