$800 – $900

The Red Tent Confessional: Embodying story through the craft of writing

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The Writing House (home of author Libby Kurz)

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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“Put your ear down to your soul and listen hard.” --Anne Sexton

In the tradition of confessional poets such as Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath, this retreat will focus on telling the stories of our personal lives through the craft of writing. The confessional writers gave us the gift of engaging their lives and emotions nonjudgmentally, courageously addressing topics that were taboo at the time. They didn’t hide their experiences or pretend to be anything other than themselves, and their work invites us to do the same. As writers, we get to decide which moments of our lives to share and explore the best way to share them, engaging in the sacred task of turning our personal experiences into a well crafted forms of art.



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During this weekend retreat, we will look at writing as a therapy, writing as craft, and writing as a spiritual practice, answering questions like:

  • How is the writing process linked to your relationship with God and with yourself?

  • How do we write honestly about the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of womanhood, and how do these themes connect to feminine biblical narratives?

  • Which themes continually surface in your individual writing, and what do they say about who God made you to be?

  • How can writing our stories be part of our collective and individual healing?

  • How can the practice of writing lead us back to our truest self?

Whether you’ve published a book or are just beginning the journey, whether you prefer prose versus poetry, whether you’re well-acquainted with your personal story or just starting to look at it, this retreat will help you further your journey as a female writer.

Ticket includes 4 teachings and 4 working group sessions with professional writers and therapists, a private concert and dinner with Nichole Nordeman, as well as in depth feedback on your personal writing voice, style, and content. Lodging and additional meals are not included.



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Nichole Nordeman

With a certificate in trauma-focused narrative therapy through The Allender Center at The Seattle School of Psychology and Theology, Tracy now works as a spiritual counselor at Restoration Counseling where her joy is to sit with clients taking a deeper journey into their stories to experience healing and spiritual transformation. Founder of Red Tent Living, Tracy has invited women around the world to share their stories and collaboratively reframe femininity.

Libby Kurz holds a BS in Nursing from UNC-Charlotte and an MFA in Creative Writing from National University. Her work has been published in The Poet’s Billow, Relief Journal, Driftwood Press, Literary Mama, Ruminate, The Hunger, and Mothers Always Write. Her poetry was awarded first prize in the New Voices category of the Poetry Society of Virginia’s 2017 Contest. Her first chapbook, The Heart Room, is forthcoming with Finishing Line Press, to be released in July 2019. She is a weekly editor and contributor at Red Tent Living, an online faith-based publication for women. A veteran of the US Air Force Nurse Corps, she now resides on the coast of Virginia with her husband and three kids. As a nurse and poet, she is particularly interested in how the physical body manifests the complexities and nuances of humanity at large. She loves strong coffee, full-bodied red wine, bumming on the beach, and finding beauty in the ordinary moments of life.

Katy Johnson has worked in writing and communications for nearly the last decade. Finding her start as an instructor of writing at Swarthmore College, Katy has learned to embrace words as her profession, creative release, healing balm, and grounding truth. Over the course of her career, Katy has served as an editorial writer for nonprofits, editor and research assistant for a number of published works, book reviewer for the American Academy of Religion, as well as featured writer in USA Today and Red Tent Living. Currently an Addy award-winning copywriter and content specialist for brands around the country, Katy spends her “free time” completing her Master of Arts in Theology through Western Theological Seminary and crafting her own manuscript titled In Love. Katy lives in Michigan and her heart is most happy when she’s savoring good friends, good food, and slow conversation all set to the backdrop of a tangerine sunset into Lake Michigan.

As a licensed mental health counselor, Rachel and her husband Michael founded Redeemer Counseling in Orlando, FL. She specializes in working with women with a history of trauma and abuse and is trained in EMDR, an evidenced-based therapy that helps clients recover from past disturbing events. Outside of counseling, Rachel serves as an Adjunct Faculty member at Reformed Theological Seminary and writes for Red Tent Living and Kindred Mom. She enjoys speaking in the community on topics such as Knowing your Story, Sexuality, Attachment, Calling and the Enneagram.



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Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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