Diana Raab, PhD - Events

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Workshop Topics

NOTE:  Upon request Diana will customize her workshops to meet the individual needs of your group or organization.

Writing for Bliss: Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life

Writing for bliss is about being mindful of the messages of your heart, and tapping into your authentic voice. In this workshop, you’ll experiment with different forms of writing—journaling, memoir, and poetry. Read more

Personal Writing for Well-Being and Empowerment

Transformation can result in a dramatic change to your physical or psychological well-being. Telling your story can help in the process. Everyone has a story that needs to be told—whether it’s the result of a life-changing event or a transcendental experience.Read more

Writing as a Spiritual Practice: A Path to an Enlightened Perspective 

Spirituality is the search for truth. Writing as a spiritual practice can connect you to a state of authenticity—and ultimately your reason for being. This knowing can lead to a sense of joy and peace, personally and professionally.Read more

Writing and Lust: Bringing Your Inner Passion to the Page

Lust is one of the most natural human feelings, expressing itself as a sense of wonder that feeds the soul, as a physical craving for another person, or as a desire to pursue creative endeavors.  Read more

The Writing Labyrinth: Managing the Twists and Turns of Creative Writing

A labyrinth is a wonderful metaphor for life through which we follow a path inward, then make our way to the other side, using a circular, repeating pattern. Read more

The Writer’s Notebook—
A Springboard for Effectively
Using a Journal

Keeping a notebook is an important part of a writer’s toolkit. It is a place to work out creative ideas, practice writing styles, and tap into your inner muse. Your notebook’s contents may serve as a springboard for poems, stories, essays, and full-length books.Read more

Writing a Riveting Memoir:
A Roadmap for Crafting a Compelling Story

This workshop will offer you tips on how to write a compelling memoir, focusing on the elements that hold a reader’s interest. It will help you understand what compels someone to pick up your book instead of someone else’s—and inspire you to just get down to it and write.Read more

Finding Your Voice and Discovering Your Story

You might feel as if you’re at a place in your life when you want to begin writing—whether it is poetry, fiction, or nonfiction—but you aren’t clear about how to embark on that process. This workshop will help you navigate where and how to begin.Read more



January 6, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss”
Mystic Journey Bookstore
Venice, CA

February  3, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“Writing for Healing”
Yoga Soup
Santa Barbara, CA

February 17, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss”
Vroman’s Bookstore
Pasadena, CA

February 23-25, 2018
“Writing for Bliss”
1440 Multiversity
Scotts Valley, CA

March 25, 2018
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss: The Sacred Journey to Telling Your Story”
The Sacred Space
Summerland, CA

June 17-22, 2018
“Memoir Writing”
Santa Barbara Writers Conference
Santa Barbara, CA

June 30, 2018
“Writing for Bliss: Finding Joy Through Personal Writing”
Open Center
22 E. 30th Street
New York, NY  10016


November 4 & 5, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
“The Writer’s Notebook”
Hugo House
Seattle, WA

November 9, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
“Write. Sip. Create.”
Margerum Wine Company
Santa Barbara, CA

December 9, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss”
Yoga Soup
Santa Barbara, CA


Saturday, October 1, 2016
“Writing for Transformation: Part II: Memoir Writing”
The Sacred Space
Summerland, CA

Saturday, September 24, 2016
“Writing for Transformation: Part I: Journaling”
The Sacred Space
Summerland, CA


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January 27, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss”
Barnes & Noble
160 Westlake Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA

February 2, 2018
6-8 pm
“Writing for Bliss” (Reading and Celebration)
Ikat and Pearls
40 South California Street
Ventura, CA


February 19, 2017
“Beyond Words: Resist & Beauty”
(poetry reading)
Beyond Baroque
Santa Monica, CA

April 4, 2017
“Spirits in the Air: Poetry &
the Liquid Muse” (poetry reading)
The Good Lion
Santa Barbara, CA
6:30-7:30 pm

May 20, 2017
“Erotic Poetry Reading: A Separate Personal Paradise”
Museum of Ventura County
Ventura, CA

September 16, 2017
Book Launch Celebration
“Writing for Bliss”
Tecolote Book Shop
Montecito, CA

September 23, 2017
“Writing for Bliss”
Mystic Journey Bookshop
Venice, CA

September 30, 2017
“Writing for Bliss”
The Sacred Space
Summerland, CA

November 3, 2017
7:00 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss”
University Bookstore
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA


April 6, 2016
“Spirits in the Air: Poetry & the Liquid Muse”
(poetry reading)
Santa Barbara, CA


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November 17, 2017
10:15 a.m.
“Memoir Writing for Healing
and Transformation”
In honor of Sena Jeter Naslund’s (founder of MFA in Writing Program) retirement
Spalding University
Louisville, KY


5 Artists Honoring Her Inspiration

Full Event: Click Here.                          Diana’s segment: Click Here.

Friday, January 29, 2016. Antioch University Santa Barbara.

A unique event where individuals speak about how this celebrated writer and diarist inspired them, either as a friend or through her writings. In addition to her published journals spanning 60 years, Nin wrote novels, essays, critical studies and erotica. She was deeply interested in psychology and was a frequent lecturer at many universities. Her original diaries are stored in the UCLA Library. In 1976 she was awarded the Los Angeles Woman of the Year Award. Nin died at the age of 74 in 1977.

Speakers: Judith Citrin, Perie Longo, Diana Raab, Tristine Rainer, Steven Reigns

June 23, 2015. “Narrative Approaches to Transpersonal Research.” Eurotas Conference. First Transpersonal Research Colloquium. Milan, Italy. Panel on Narrative Research.

June 19, 2015. “Creative Transcendence: Writing for Transformation and Empowerment.” Feeding The Soul. Eurotas Conference. (European Association of Transpersonal Psychologists). Combined presentation and workshop.

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