Past classes have included yoga, body-based meditation, and writing workshops for all levels (sometimes mixing all three and incorporating nature and/or various spiritual traditions). I’ve traveled throughout the U.S. to give readings from my books and to teach workshops on writing from the body. Check back soon and sign up for the e-newsletter, as sessions and poetry readings may become virtual.
QUICKWATER ORACLES will launch with a series of online (and possibly in-person) events beginning in October, 2021, and continuing through the end of the year. QUICKWATER is available for pre-order beginning in July. Shipping begins October 15. Signed copies will be available for sale at selected bookstores.
Writing Workshops. Class size is limited. Will incorporate movement, meditation, pranayama, writing in nature, writing from the body, and other practices. Generate new material; identify potent images, phrases, and scenes; begin revision; and work on performance skills.
Meditation with Ruth Thompson. We will explore meditative techniques from many spiritual traditions, concluding each week with 20-30 minutes of individual silent seated meditation. BYO zafu or blanket. Donation optional, to animal rescue.
In the Bay Area and the California coast to read from Whale Fall & Black Sage.
March to April:
“Writing and Publishing Today”, with Don Mitchell (3 units, 8 weeks, upper division undergraduates and graduate students). On campus March 18-30, online for another 6 weeks. Williamson Endowed Chair in Creative Writing, Eastern New Mexico University, Spring 2019. I will also lead two “Body Speaking” workshops, give two readings, and talk with book groups, school and library groups.
“Whale Fall: A Collaborative Performance of Poetry and Dance”, with Jenn Eng, Colee Garr, Karen Masaki, and Ruth Thompson. Saturday, 7pm, Hilo Shala, Kaikodo Building, 64 Keawe St #200, Hilo Hawaii, $15.
April 3rd and May 1st:
National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) Kick-Off and Conclusion. 5-6pm, Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Ave. A talk on writing poetry and prompts for you to try each week in the month ahead. (You will not be showing your work to anyone, so go for it!) At the end of the month, I’ll read from my new work, answer questions, and offer guidance for continuing your writing.
February to March, June 11-24th:
“Body Speaking: Writing from the Body” Workshop
“Poetry Flash Reading Series with Ruth Thompson and Sandra Hunter” (Readings from Whale Fall). 7pm, Moe’s Books at 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA.
“Why There Are Words” Literary Reading Series. Julia Fierro, Molly Giles, Don Mitchell, Antonya Nelson, Ruth Thompson, and Peter Turchi read from their works on the theme of “Solidarity”. 7pm, Studio 333 on 333 Caledonia St, Sausalito CA. $10.
Feb 28th to May 22nd:
“Body Speaking: Writing Practice with Ruth Thompson” Class/Writer Workshop Series. Yoga Centered Studio, 37 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, Hawai’i.
October and November:
Poetry Readings – CA
Readings featured at the Surf Break Cafe Launch Party in Hilo, Hawai’i.
AROHO Women Writers’ Retreat at Ghost Ranch, NM. Ruth will be attending the retreat again and offering consultations. She will be part of the evening readings.
Brooklyn Reading. Tuesday, 7pm at 301 Sterling Place, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY.
Brooklyn Reading with Elana Bell, Breena Clarke, Esther Cohen, Jenny Douglas, Don Mitchell, and Lisa Rizzo. The Brooklyn Cottage, 960 Atlantic Avenue.
“Revising Your Writing” Workshop at Hilo Public Library
“Beginning Writing” Workshop and Reading at Hilo Public Library (300 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo)
April 19th to June 28th:
Beginning Writing Class – Hilo, Hawai’i.
Guided Meditation Class – Northern CA.
“Body Speaking” Writing Workshop
“Why There Are Words” Literary Reading Series presents a magnetic force of compelling readings from the following authors on the theme of “Gravity”: Julia Fierro, Molly Giles, Don Mitchell, Antonya Nelson, Ruth Thompson, and Peter Turchi. 7pm, $10, at Studio 333 is located at 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA 94965.