DeenaWriting Workshop with Deena Metzger


“The Literature of Restoration”

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cabrillo Horticultural Center, 6500 Soquel Avenue, Aptos, CA 95003  9:30 am – 8 pm


NOTE!  Deena will read from her new novel A Rain of Night Birds on Friday, October 13.  More here.

In this day-long workshop, renowned elder Deena Metzger will teach about the cutting edge of language and the creative process from her fifty years of writing and publishing.  Deena’s many books include poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction. She is a master writing teacher who challenges and supports participants to enter new territory in their writing. Her exceptional workshops in Topanga Canyon are always full.

According to Deena, everyone has a story which calls to be known and written – a heart story that can guide us, comprised of many other interlocking stories rising from the imagination. The story is revealed through the writing experience, like a council that holds all the voices, including our ancestors and descendants.

In her work on The Literature of Restoration, Deena writes, “Language embodies a culture’s perception of the nature of the world. This is communicated to us when we are children learning the basic meanings, implicit and explicit, of each word.  As we mature, we learn that words are resonant with complex associations and allusions – undertones and overtones.  When we are born into a particular language and culture, we absorb values, possibilities and restrictions inherent within the language structure we are given.   For those writing in English, the language carries invisible assumptions about the nature of the world which constrict and confine our thinking.

“With the fate of the Earth and all of life at stake, we are called to open up our writing so that language and literature can be peacemakers.  We hope to restore and piece together the broken, burned shards of once-vital histories, to dare to know what we know, to see and understand with our hands and feet what is irrefutable, to listen to the ancestors and the future, to the dreams and the signs, old syllables and unborn orations, birdsong, whale song and howl, the glorious and tormented recitations of wind, water, light and earth, to bring together a luminous grammar of connection so that through such shared conversations and our own emergent literature and culture, we make ourselves places to live that will outlive and help us move beyond these times.


Cost is $165.  Offered through Cabrillo College Extension.  Register HERE.

Please bring writing materials.  Tea, fruit, bagels, cheese spreads, gluten-free crackers and healthy snacks will be available all day.

We will break for lunch and dinner.  There are affordable places nearby to eat, or you can bring brown bag food.  Refrigeration will be available.  The Cabrillo Horticultural Center is a lovely venue with sweeping views of the Santa Cruz County coastline.

(NOTE!  Cabrillo College — Workshop is free to Cabrillo students and staff, who should send an EMAIL in order to register.  Free spots are limited, so please register early.)

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Deena Metzger is most recently the author of A Rain of Night Birds, and writer of twenty influential books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction.  She is a radical thinker on behalf of the natural world and planetary survival, a teacher of writing and healing practices for 50 years, and a writer and activist profoundly concerned with peacemaking, restoration, and sanctuary for a beleaguered world. Her work examines the tragic failure of western thought, medicine and science to create a sustainable culture, and provides guidance for personal, political, environmental and spiritual healing. Her novel La Negra y Blanca won the 2012 Oakland Pen Award for Literature. Metzger is widely recognized for her image in Hella Hamid’s photograph in 1977 sometimes referred to as “The Warrior,” in which Metzger stands naked, post-mastectomy, in a celebratory pose.