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Creativity & Community Programs - Whidbey Institute



Writing Spirit, Writing Faith: A Week with Mary Potter

With Mary Lane Potter

November 18 - 24, 2019
This program of the Collegeville Institute runs November 18 to 24th at The Whidbey Institute. Writers whose work incorporates a spiritual or faith dimension face enormous challenges today. How do you creatively represent the complex inner dimension of faith or the spirit? How do you reveal spiritual struggles, ambiguities, and experiences without falling into didacticism or proselytizing? How do you use biblical images and characters for readers who are biblically illiterate or biblical literalists? And how do you find a compelling voice when you’re too secular for many religious persons and too “religious” for many who are secular? This workshop…

Kindling Words West

With Karen Boss

April 5 - 12, 2020
Kindling Words is a retreat for published authors, illustrators and editors of children's books. For more information, go to