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Slipper Camp – Grandmothers and Grandkids

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I recently posted the piece below on Facebook. I was amazed at the response. Hundreds commented. Dozens shared my post. Until then I thought I was the only one whose life changed when my first grandchild was born. Now I know it’s not so. The bond between grandmas and grandkids goes deep. It’s a life-changer.

So, for the first time, I’m creating a Slipper Camp about that bond. Slipper Camp Grandmas and Grandkids starts October 15th/Ends November 2nd.

In this online writing course we will be writing about our relationships with our grandmothers and/or grandkids. Like the photo above, the child is deep within the heart of the grandmother, the grandmother deep within the heart of her grandchild.

This is for grandmas who are close to their grandkids and those who aren’t. For grandkids who are close to their grandmas and those who’ve lost them. It’s for those who want to write about that bond – the good, the bad, the ordinary.

Slipper Camp will be the same format as always: 10 writers will receive 3 illustrated prompts about grandmothers and grandkids every OTHER morning for 20 days along with daily writing tips and coaching suggestions. If you join you will send me 1,000 words by midnight every other day.

Starts October 15th/Ends November 2nd.
Limit: 10 writers
Please PM me for cost and more info.
Payment will secure your spot.

Thank you.

The piece that led to this Slipper Camp:

“I never had a grandmother or grandfather (Auschwitz) and I honestly never knew what I was missing. Then I became a grandmother ten years ago, when Jazz was born in a bathtub in Bali, delivered into the hands of legendary midwife Ibu Robin Lim.

The candlelit bathtub was filled with frangipani flowers. The room was open to the sky. My son and daughter-in-love were in each other’s arms as Jazz was about to be born.

The midwife asked us to chant prayers. Marcelle’s mother chanted in Hebrew. I chanted in Sanskrit. She asked Evan to say a few words to his daughter as she came into this world, the last words she would remember whenever she left this world.

It had been a long, difficult night. An agonizing labor. Many times I’d worried that this was a crazy plan. That they should have gone to the hospital. That Marcelle or the baby might die.

They were in a brand new house. It had no hot water. And they were having a water birth. “Get huge pots,” my son had instructed the day before. Throughout the long night we’d carried dozens of potfuls of hot water from the stove in the kitchen to the bathtub at the other end of the house. It felt nuts.

Then, in that candlelit bathroom, as Jazz was emerging and we were praying and my son was murmuring to his soon-to-be-born baby, I looked over at an empty corner and I saw them. My ancestors were there. Huddled together, holding hands, women, men, children with golden hair. They, like me, were entranced by this birth. “Here she comes,” they exulted. “Here comes another one!” My ancestors, lost in the Holocaust, lost to me always, were there. I began to sob.

Through my tears I saw Jazz emerge and my ancestors fade. She was cradled in her parents’ arms, then in the midwife’s and then she was handed to me.

In that moment I was changed on a cellular level. My life of lack, of generations lost to the Holocaust, the tragic past of my family – it all changed.

My granddaughter, my golden-haired Jazz, had just brought me the future.”

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Slipper Camp – Love

With so much negativity around us, I want to focus on love. How about you?

On September 17, 2018 LOVE will be the subject of the next online Writing Slipper Camp. I hope you will be 1 of 10 writers who will receive 3 illustrated prompts about LOVE every OTHER morning for 20 days, along with daily writing tips and coaching suggestions. You will be writing 1,000 words (2 pages) on 1 of the 3 daily prompts and sending it to me by midnight every OTHER day.

Starts September 17th/ends October 5th. Over 350 writers/non-writers have taken this structured online writing class since 2011.

Please email me for further details and cost (lspravina21@gmail.com). What the world needs now is love, sweet love.

xoxo
Linda
NOTE: Slipper Camp fills up fast so please sign up if interested.

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Upcoming Open Slipper Camps

Thrilled to pieces that my next two online writing Slipper Camps are already full – Slipper Camp: the secrets we carry (July 9 – 30) and Slipper Camp: Home (August 13 – Sept 2.) Now opening enrollment for my Slipper Camp: Love (Sept 17 – Oct 5) and ALL NEW Slipper Camp: Grandmothers & Grandkids (October 22 – Nov 9).

Hope you can join!

 

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Slipper Camp – Home

The topic: Home.

Home is a breathtakingly universal need. After her great adventure, Dorothy realized, “There’s no place like home.” Robert Frost wrote, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” Home might be where the heart is. It might be a person, a pet, a place… you name it. I’ve often felt hiraeth: a longing for a home that never was.

I hope you will be 1 of 10 writers who will receive 3 illustrated prompts about HOME every OTHER morning for 20 days along with daily writing tips and coaching suggestions. You will be writing 1,000 words (2 pages) on 1 of the 3 daily prompts and sending it to me by midnight every OTHER day. I will read them each day and we will talk about your writing at the end of Slipper Camp.

PM me for cost of tuition.
Limit: 10 writers
Starts: August 13th ends August 31st
Please let me know if you’re interested in joining us.
Payment secures your spot.

xoxo
Linda

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Slipper Camp – the secrets we carry

I’d like to invite you to my next available Slipper Camp.

The topic: the secrets we carry.

All of us have secrets. In this online writing ‘Slipper Camp’ we will be writing about our secrets, both light and dark, our deepest fears and shames but also our secret strengths. That’s why I love the quote above from Marianne Williamson-that it is our potential and power that frightens us and keeps us small. That perhaps the greatest secret we carry is that of our own magnificence.

It will be the same format: 10 writers will receive 3 illustrated prompts about the secrets we carry every OTHER morning for 20 days along with daily writing tips and coaching suggestions.

Tuition: $200
Limit: 10 writers
Starts: July 9th ends July 27th
Please let me know if you’re interested in joining us.
Payment secures your spot.

xoxo
Linda

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Slipper Camp – the secrets we carry

Slipper Camp – the secrets we carry

I’d like to invite you to my next available Slipper Camp.

The topic: the secrets we carry.

All of us have secrets. In this online writing ‘Slipper Camp’ we will be writing about our secrets, both light and dark, our deepest fears and shames but also our secret strengths. That’s why I love the quote above from Marianne Williamson-that it is our potential and power that frightens us and keeps us small. That perhaps the greatest secret we carry is that of our own magnificence.

It will be the same format: 10 writers will receive 3 illustrated prompts about the secrets we carry every OTHER morning for 20 days along with daily writing tips and coaching suggestions.

Tuition: $200
Limit: 10 writers
Starts: June 4th ends June 22nd
Please let me know if you’re interested in joining us.
Payment secures your spot.

xoxo
Linda

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Slipper Camp – Freedom

Dear Writers,

FREEDOM is the topic of my next online writing Slipper Camp (Starts February 12th, ends 20 days later.)

FREEDOM. If you click on the photo above you’ll see what inspired me to create this particular Slipper Camp.

FREEDOM. We’ll be writing at a heightened time, a critical time in our lives and the life of this country. We’ll be writing about freedoms we celebrate; freedoms that have been denied to us or to others; our personal journeys from slavery to freedom or vice versa; times we’ve longed for freedom for ourselves and others; times we’ve fought for freedom and won or lost.

FREEDOM. There’s so much to write about.

Slipper Camp will be the same format as always – 10 writers will receive 3 illustrated prompts about FREEDOM every OTHER morning for 20 days along with daily writing tips and coaching suggestions.

You’ll be writing 1,000 words (2 pages) on 1 of the 3 daily prompts and sending them to me by midnight every OTHER day. Whenever I get your words I’ll read them. At the end of Slipper Camp we’ll set a one-hour call to talk about your writings.

Hundreds of writers have taken this structured online writing course over the past 9 years. They say the combination of structure and accountability has yielded some of their best writing. Books, screenplays, a play, two novels, memoirs and numerous published articles have been generated in Slipper Camps.

Please join us. I’d love to read your words. Limited to 10 writers.

Tuition: $200

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Slipper Camp Wild Card

My next online writing Slipper Camp – Wild Card – begins on December 4th (through December 22nd).

Slipper Camp Wild Card: the prompts will be on various topics and deliciously surprising each day. As always, it’s only open to the first ten writers who sign up. As always, you can stay home and write in your pjs and slippers. As always, if you enroll you will receive 3 prompts a day (every other day) for 20 days. As always, you will write 1,000 words on a prompt of your choosing and send it to me. Please join us. You can email me for details at pravina@aol.com.

Price: $200 (message me and I will send you a PayPal invoice)

THANK YOU

Linda

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Slipper Camp – HOME

On October 16, 2017, HOME will be the subject of the next online Writing Slipper Camp of 2017.

Home is a breathtakingly universal need. After her great adventure, Dorothy realized, “There’s no place like home.” Robert Frost wrote, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” Home might be where the heart is. It might be a person, a pet, a place… you name it. I’ve often felt hiraeth: a longing for a home that never was.

Whatever your experience, the prompts in this Slipper Camp are designed to guide you through writing 10,000 words about HOME in your own unique way.

I hope you will be 1 of 10 writers who will receive 3 illustrated prompts about HOME every OTHER morning for 20 days along with daily writing tips and coaching suggestions. You will be writing 1,000 words (2 pages) on 1 of the 3 daily prompts and sending it to me by midnight every OTHER day. I will read them each day and we will talk about your writing at the end of Slipper Camp.

Starts October 16, Ends November 3rd. Over 400 writers/non-writers have taken this structured online writing class since 2011.

Please email me at lspravina21@gmail.com me for further details or sign up here on Facebook.

Price: $200 for 20 days.

Can’t wait to read your writings.
xoxo
Linda
NOTE: Slipper Camp fills up fast so please sign up if interested.
THANK YOU

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Chasing Ghosts

We will never see each other again, said my grandmother to my mother. Westbahnhof train station. Vienna 1938. That was the last time they saw each other. My mother was 21. Her mother died in Auschwitz six years later. Remembering what I never wanted to know.