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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.

Limit: 10 writers
Starts: March 22nd ends April 9th
Please let me know if you’re interested in joining us.
Payment secures your spot.

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Slipper Camp – Freedom


Dear Writers,

The last Slipper Camp – MINDFULNESS – took us into the election and past it. Twelve writers wrote at a heightened time, a critical time in our lives and the life of this country. I don’t need to remind any of us about that.

Like a beautiful sand castle that’s washed away by the next wave, our lives changed in a moment on November 8th. Every Slipper Camp writer who wrote on the 30 prompts about MINDFULNESS said it was an enormously positive, grounding, helpful and, for some, a lifechanging experience to be writing at that time.

In the past month I’ve searched within and without to find the topic of the next Slipper Camp. I finally settled on FREEDOM. Please click on the photo above. It helped me to decide on that as our topic.

I can’t think of anything more relevant about which to write 10,000 words in January. FREEDOM. We’ll be writing on Martin Luther King Day, the March on Washington and the Inauguration. We’ll be writing about FREEDOM from many different angles. I’m already creating the 30 prompts we’ll be using and hope you’ll be writing along with me. FREEDOM. Don’t you love the ring of that word?


SLIPPER CAMP is an online writing class. It’s open to only 10 writers who will receive 3 illustrated prompts about FREEDOM every OTHER morning for 20 days along with daily writing tips and coaching suggestions.

If you join 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 and let you know I got 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 writng course over the past years. The most common comment I hear is that the combination of structure and accountability yields good writing. Books, screenplays, a play, two novels and numerous published articles have been generated in Slipper Camps.

If you want to join Slipper Camp please email me at (or join the facebook event here) and we’ll send you details. Starts January 15. Ends February 2. Limited to 10 writers, 5 spaces are taken already.

Slipper Camp is a place where you discover yourself on the page.
Slipper Camp allows you to remember who you are.
If you have more to say (who doesn’t?) please join Slipper Camp.
If your story is ongoing please use Slipper Camp to continue it.
If you feel you don’t write enough, come write in Slipper Camp.
Please join us.



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Slipper Camp Prompt Example

Here is an actual prompt from my Slipper Camp – Love (which has had over 40 students so far).

Every other day I send out three prompts for my slipper campers to choose from (and below is an example of one).



These words speak to me of the best possible version of love.  Perhaps you’ve experienced that. Perhaps you haven’t and long for it. You might write about having loved someone exactly as they are. No ifs ands or buts. You might write about watching that person become empowered because of your seeing and appreciating them in their essence. It could be a lover, a friend, a spouse, child, grandchild, whoever. If that’s how the quote hits you, please write about a specific moment with that person. A moment when you knew your love was lighting them up. OR…. You might write about a moment when someone else loved you that way. Tell us about that. Or perhaps you haven’t been loved that way or loved someone else like that. You might write about a moment when you longed for that kind of love and didn’t experience it. These words are an open door. The beginning of our exploration into love you’ve given, gotten or longed for.

If you decide to write on this prompt please make your writing specific, not general, using moments with sensory details to tell your story.

How to use a prompt? The way to use a prompt in your writing is to look at the words, close your eyes, and keep them closed until a story, image, memory or first line emerges. Then open your eyes and begin to write. A prompt is an open-ended offering, meant to be translated and used by each of us in our own unique way. You may create a poem, a story, a list, a memory, a fiction, a haiku, a letter, a portrait, anything you like.

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Importance of Reading to a Writer

A great piece about the importance of reading to a writer. I agree 100%. Now that I’m writing my next book I’m reading constantly and what I read changes how I write. Yesterday, I read “The Rules of Inheritance” by Claire Bidwell Smith, a must read for her way with words, honesty, wisdom and structure. Her book inspired me to dig deeper. Thank you, Claire. And thank you for this, Jill Swenson.

Check it out here.