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~ Julia Cameron, author of The Right to Write and The Artist’s Way

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Come Write with Pat in March 2015

Designed for all who write poems to experiment with form and method, and for all who think they cannot write poems, to experience the joy and surprise of doing it in a safe and supportive group.

Click here to read more about this weekend retreat at the Rowe Conference Centre in Massachusetts.

Pat’s Latest Book

from Oxford University Press

how the light

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I have just finished reading Pat Schneider’s latest book, ‘How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice’, on my e-reader and I immediately want to get a hard copy. Why? Because all the way through I wanted to underline, highlight, write ‘Yes!’ in the margins – I want to make that book my own in every way. — Margaret A. O’Brien,,