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Slipper Camp – Impermanence

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What a nerve-wracking time! I’ve been searching for the next topic for my online Slipper Camp but everything I thought of, I ended up rejecting. Not deep enough. Not relevant enough for today’s world. Then I came upon this photo of a majestic sand castle created at the water’s edge. I marveled at the non-attachment of building such a creation, knowing it would be destroyed by the next wave. That will be the topic of the next online writing Slipper Camp – Impermanence. To live our lives in every moment. To build, to love, knowing that life can change in a moment. Like a beautiful sand castle that’s washed away by the next wave. If you want to write about that online with me, please PM me and we’ll send you details.

Starts November 12th. Limited to 10 writers, five spaces taken already. LOVE!

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Slipper Camp – Times of My Life

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My next Slipper Camp starts June 8th.
The topic: TIMES OF MY LIFE

In this online writing Slipper Camp, we will be writing about times we’ve loved, lost and longed for. Minutes light and dark and times that are/were just plain ordinary. We will be writing about “’loving every minute of our lives” and about times when we couldn’t do that. Minutes we spent in a tropical paradise with an open book and our morning coffee. Minutes we spent waiting for someone who never came.

You will be prompted to write about it all.

Natalie Goldberg wrote: “Our lives are both ordinary and mythical. We live and die, age beautifully or full of wrinkles. We wake in the morning, buy yellow cheese and hope we have the money to pay for it. At the same time, we have these magnificent hearts that pump through all sorrow and all winters we are alive on this earth. We are important and our details are worthy to be recorded.”

Come write with us. You are important and your details are worthy to be recorded.

SLIPPER CAMP TIMES OF MY LIFE:
It will be the same format: 10 writers will receive 3 illustrated prompts about TIMES OF MY LIFE every OTHER morning for 20 days along with daily writing tips and coaching suggestions.

Tuition: PM me for Cost
Limit: 10 writers
Starts: June 8th

Lasts: 20 days (10 days of writing)

Please let me know if you’re interested. Payment secures your spot.
xoxo
Linda

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Slipper Camp: Mothers and Daughters

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Due to popular demand, Slipper Camp – Mothers and Daughters – is back. It starts Mother’s Day (May 10th) and ends on May 28th! Many mothers and daughters have taken this Slipper Camp together and loved it.

I was inspired to create this Slipper Camp when I studied this photo of my mother and me. At three months old I’m already trying to crawl out of her arms. Eager to see the world. Unwilling to be contained. My mother smiles beatifically, unaware of the restless soul in her arms…

We’ll be writing about ourselves, our mothers and/or mother figures, our daughters-biological or chosen – nieces, goddaughters, stepdaughters or any young woman we mentor. We’ll be exploring the relationship between women of different generations.

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. Email me for details at lspravina21@gmail.com.

Only open to the first ten writers who sign up.

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Slipper Camp: Light in the Dark

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“Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”

Those are the words on the Christopher Award I won for creating a movie about hunger in America. They are truer today than ever before.

My next online writing Slipper Camp – Light in the Dark – will inspire you to write about hope, love, and kindness in the world around us.

Every word you write will raise money for ADL a leading anti-hate organization.

I hope you will be one of the 10 writers who will receive illustrated prompts about Light in the Dark every other morning for 20 days, along with coaching suggestions. You will be writing 1,000 words every OTHER DAY and sending them to me by midnight.

Please join us.
Limit: 10 writers
Starts: March 9th – March 27th
Please let me know if you’re interested in joining us.
Payment secures your spot.

Thank you, Be Boggs, for your exquisite finesse with this photo of Jazz.
xoxo
Linda

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Slipper Camp: Home

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

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: November 13th ends December 1st
Please let me know if you’re interested in joining us.
Payment secures your spot.

xoxo
Linda

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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 – 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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Slipper Camp – LOVE

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

On August 21, 2017 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 August 21st/ends September 10. Over 350 writers/non-writers have taken this structured online writing class since 2011.

Please email me for further details (lspravina21@gmail.com). $200 for 20 days.
What the world needs now is love, sweet love.

xoxo
Linda
NOTE: Slipper Camp fills up fast so please sign up if interested.
As of 7/28/2017 – No spaces are available!
THANK YOU

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Yom Hashoah Living the Legacy: Second Generation Holocaust Survivor Children

Here are a few photos from the Yom Hashoah Living the Legacy: Second Generation Holocaust Survivor Children Panel that Linda spoke at last Monday. It was an introspective and wonderful experience  with 80-100 in attendance.  This event serves as a reminder to lean on each other and to always remember and share.
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Upcoming Event: Yom Hashoah Living the Legacy: Second Generation Holocaust Survivor Children

Linda will be speaking in a panel of four Second Generation’ers sharing their family’s history and experiences growing up with survivor parents and carrying on their legacy. On this important day, come explore, learn, and remember.
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Time: 7pm
Price: Free, open to whole community, RSVP online here.
Where: Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436
For more information, click here.