Friday, November 17, 2017
7:00 – 8:30 pm

What’s the most dynamic, surprising, and spiritually expansive part of writing? Revision!  Come hear testimonials about this oft-maligned stage of writing and how deeply writers’ lives are changed by it.  We’ll gain insight into revision techniques and celebrate revision’s potential to open every writer’s heart, no matter the level of experience.

P.S. Duffy, Kyoko Katayama, Susan Power, Vanessa Ramos, Jim Robinson, Roseanne Pereira, and Sieglinda Gassman will share stories and readings, and Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew will launch her new book Living Revision: A Writer’s Craft as Spiritual Practice.  Refreshments will be served.

Books will be available for purchase at this event.

COST:  Free; Please RSVP



Writing instructor and spiritual director Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew is the author of Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir; the forthcoming Living Revision: A Writer’s Craft as Spiritual Practice; and many other books, essays, and short memoirs.  Her work most often explores intersections between spiritual growth and the creative process.


P.S. Duffy lives in Rochester, Minnesota, and is the author of several books, including The Cartographer of No Man’s Land, a Barnes & Noble Discover selection. She is a finalist for the international Dayton Literary Peace.


Kyoko Katayama’s poems have appeared in Asian American Renaissance Journal and Intersecting Circles: The Voices of Hapa Women in Poetry and Prose, and an excerpt of her memoir-in-progress was published in Where the Tree Falls, the Forest Rises: Stories of Death and Renewal.  She is a psychotherapist in St. Paul and a senior member at Common Ground Meditation Center.


Susan Power is the author of The Grass Dancer (1995 PEN/Hemingway prize), Roofwalker (2002 Milkweed National Fiction Prize), and Sacred Wilderness.  Her short stories and essays have been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies including The Best American Short Stories of 1993 and Granta.  An enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, born and raised in Chicago, she is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop who makes her home in St. Paul.


Born in Texas and raised in Minnesota, Vanessa Ramos is an artist dedicated to inspiring and empowering others to explore, create, and share their stories.


Roseanne Pereira loves mysteries, and especially those mysterious kernels that inspire her to start writing a new story. A graduate of Yale, Roseanne has worked as a public radio reporter, an English language instructor for adult immigrants, a cheesemonger, and a cook. Her stories involve transformation, fermentation (!), and cultural identity. Roseanne believes reading or hearing someone else’s work can help you locate places within yourself you may have temporarily lost. And even when this doesn’t happen, it’s still nice to have someone tell you a story.


Sieglinde Gassman has been writing since she could.  She’s afraid she might forget the people and places in the world around her if she doesn’t write about them.  As a girl, she dreamt of living in faraway places.  She has, and has written about life in Germany, Greece, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Albania, Texas, Seattle, and Apple Valley, Minnesota.  Retired “atheist missionary” as her middle daughter described her, administrator, mother of three daughters; admirer of five fantastic grandkids, she is an activist as a member of the Dakota County League of Women Voters.


Jim Robinson, PhD:  Jim has a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California and a Master’s in English from Tulane University. He is also an alumnus of the Brave New Workshop main stage and the Off-Beat Comedy Club onboard the Disney Magic.  Along with Dennis Curley, Jim is the co-founder and executive producer of Table Salt Productions, an independent theater company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is a cast member of The Theater of Public Policy.  He has combined his dual careers by creating and teaching courses such as Improvisation and Mental Health and Managing Anxiety through Improvisation.  When not on stage Jim teaches at St. Catherine University, the University of St. Thomas, and the Continuing Education program at the University of Minnesota.  Jim hails from Riverside, California.

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