The Art of Memoir with Rebecca Walker

Maui December 31-January 7, 2015

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“I can’t even begin to express how much I loved this workshop. The revelations I gained along the way were priceless. Experiences like these come along once in a lifetime. Rebecca Walker is phenomenal.” –Petrina Khashoggi

“I process experiences slowly and am now realizing the deep impact of Maui, the workshop and Rebecca’s insights and teachings. Her talent is beyond recognition and I’m forever grateful.” –Lia Longworthy

This will change your life. I have never been happier. Rebecca is masterful in the way she leads this workshop. I left loving the writer that dwells inside me.” –Candida Alvarez

“The workshop was wonderful!  Rebecca is a very special person.  She immediately put all of us at ease and created a nurturing and non-judgmental space. I slipped into it like a warm bath. I feel rejuvenated and invigorated.”  –Mikkel Aaland

“Rebecca’s workshop was one of the best creative experiences of my life: a real deep dive into what makes great writing. The commitment and love she has for writers and the process is beautifully evident. Her insights and advice were masterful.” –Quddus Philippe

“Rebecca really, really listened, and really, really taught. Both were instrumental to my growth. I have never learned so much about writing and myself in such a short time.“–Janice Hill

If I had to use one word to describe Rebecca’s workshop it would be seismic.”It was like an earthquake. You think you know the full magnitude while it’s happening, but it’s the aftershocks that get your attention. The highest compliment I can pay to Rebecca is that when my schedule permits I will take her workshop again to be in the company of her brilliance, honesty, nurturing spirit.” –Juan Gaddis 

“Rebecca’s workshop is deep, transformative, inspirational, and pragmatic.” –Marnie Matsuda

Rebecca Walker’s class exceeded all my expectations. Walker is so wicked smart and personable that I never wanted to leave! She truly holds space for you and your voice. Her suggestions and gentle nudges towards the truth were invaluable. Take this class. You will forever be grateful.” –Tia Monteaux Walls

“I can easily say that studying with Rebecca Walker was a life-changing experience. She is one of the best listeners I have ever encountered. She sits, totally open and without judgment and assists you in taking your work to a new level by being direct and real.  Alongside my creative catharsis I received very useful guidance about the business of getting published.” –Katie Kraft

“I found Rebecca Walker’s workshop invaluable. Her presence, respect and generosity are unparalleled.” –Maribeth Thiesen

I love Rebecca Walker! She is an extraordinary woman and writing coach. With her gentle cadence and dulcet tones, she enveloped our group in a safe and loving caress, tempered with tender, yet firm, nudging toward getting our words on the page. With Rebecca as my guide, I went from thinking I was no writer at all to seeing and KNOWING that I actually, indeed, am. She helped me find my voice and lay claim to it. Super cool.” –Mia Klein

I came to Maui feeling unsure about my commitment to my project and insecure about sharing my work with a group of strangers. Rebecca created an extraordinarily supportive and safe atmosphere to share and discuss work, which opened the group to engaging and intensely challenging critique. Her patient and generous guidance gave me a new sense of confidence in my voice, helped me to find a structure for my work, and inspired a strong commitment to bring my project to completion.” –Heather Sparks

Rebecca Walker’s workshop is a powerful experience. If you are ready to learn the skills necessary to navigate the literary landscape, Rebecca will skillfully and gracefully take you on an intimate, insightful journey– a week long escape from reality with a book you can’t put down.” –Judith Carroll

Rebecca’s Maui workshop was AMAZING! The thoughtfulness and expertise shared was of a level I’ve never experienced before at a writer’s workshop. The five day workshop in Maui was the most informative and rewarding experience I’ve had working on my craft.”-Denny Bryce

“As an American expatriate living in the Netherlands, Rebecca Walker’s workshop gave me the tools to grow and to thrive as a creative spirit. Rebecca’s techniques gave me the foundation to structure my memoir in an effective manner. The workshop continues to influence me, guiding me as I work towards the next level of writing my memoir.”–Pamela Armstrong de Vreeze

“Rebecca Walker has an uncanny ability to see what each piece of writing wants to be and the rare capacity to communicate this vision to its author.She’s dedicated to bringing to new works of art into the world–a writer’s dream.”–Matt Fitzgerald

“The Art of Memoir workshop allowed my creativity to flow in a way I had never experienced before.  I came with a sense of self-doubt and left feeling supported. Rebecca is a phenomenal and wise facilitator. I deeply appreciate the raw yet loving approach she brings to the table, and her ability to hone in on the deepest passions of each participant. I walked away from the workshop with a sense of understanding and clarity that I don’t feel I would have found otherwise. I am so very grateful to have had the opportunity to participate, and I look forward to seeing my fellow participants get published!”–Haley Rabago

“Like a fierce dakini,Rebecca Walker dives into your work, cutting away what isn’t necessary. Her editing style is not for the meek, but in the end, she is able to uncover your jewel. After making revisions based on Rebecca’s feedback, my manuscript is being considered by a prominent NY agency and two other agents have asked for sample chapters.” –Michelle O’neill

“I arrived in Thailand for 10 days with Rebecca. Our group discussions were guided by calmness, thought, precision, rationality, and technique-and silence, occasionally, where we could consider and reflect. We cruised deliberately and smoothly through our own lives as writers, on Rebecca’s invincible spaceship– the craft of memoir and the vehicle of language.” –Tanya Gupta

“Before I attended the Writers Conference, I’d read and come to admire both of Rebecca’s memoirs. During the workshop, I was impressed with her insights and the nurturing way her criticism was offered. I was delighted when she agreed to read my novel, which has now been through a thorough revision and is almost ready to submit to agents. Rebecca’s help has been crucial. It is very likely that she has saved me years of frustration and pain.“–Carol Dussere

I feel very, very blessed to have had an opportunity to work with Rebecca Walker. After the first day of the workshop I turned to my one of my peers and said, “I think my life as a writer will change after this week’s workshop.” She responded, “I think mine already has.” I’m not trying to be melodramatic, but Rebecca set a tone during the week that allowed us to reveal our depths as memoirists. I feel like I take myself and the material I am working on much more seriously after a week in her workshop.” –Beth Newberry

What an amazing experience it was taking Rebecca’s memoir class. I was so impressed with the way Rebecca reviewed the work, she was so caring and sensitive, yet at the same time provided motivation and thoughtful guidance. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had with a writing teacher. It wasn’t just the advice Rebecca gave about writing–what made the course and our one-on-one session so unique was how Rebecca looks at the craft itself; the spiritual approach to writing that helped us to self-discovery.” --Loretta Worters

“Rebecca’s workshop is intense. We spent our days discussing individual works and the craft of writing. In the evenings, we had reading and writing assignments to prepare us for the next day. The prompts Rebecca gave us each afternoon were soul and thought provoking. I learned a lot about myself, the nuances of writing, and most important, left with the confidence that I can indeed complete my book.”  –Jo Ann Kochner

This was by far the best workshop I’ve attended. I am convinced Rebecca set the tone for the workshop: an open, academic, place of trust. I so appreciate how she encouraged us to go deeper, to uncover those suppressed parts of ourselves. This was a risk-taking workshop, one which was wholly successful.” –Judy Shearer

“The leadership was the best I’ve had in an MFA workshop. When I think about what Rebecca did (or didn’t) do to effect the workshop, I believe it was her ability to “zero in” on the heart of each piece -its strengths and weaknesses- that made all the difference.”–Glenny Brock

“I’m forever indebted to Rebecca for her guidance and support of my memoir. She was prompt, focused and direct in her recommendations, allowing me to wrap my brain around the 80,000 word manuscript. In the end, I had a more focused, accessible book that was, as my publisher noted in his contract offer six months later, “…crystal clear and powerful.” Thanks, Rebecca!” –Warren Read



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