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

WORKSHOPS

2019

January 5, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Writing a Compelling Memoir”
Coastal Dunes California Writing Club
Nipomo, CA

February 4, 2019
6:30 p.m.
“Writing a Compelling Memoir”
Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC/SPAWN)
Culver City, California

April 27-28, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
“The Writer’s Notebook”
Hugo House
1634 11th Ave.
Seattle, WA

February 24, 2019
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
“Writing for BLISS! The Writing Workshop!” ($75)
Casa Dumetz Tasting Room
388 Bell St.
Los Alamos, CA

2018

November 30, 2018
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss”
Discussion
Casa Dumetz Tasting Room
Los Alamos, CA

October 27, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
“Transforming Through Adversity: A journaling and meditation workshop”
With Radhule Weininger, PhD
Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara, CA

October 6-7, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
“The Writer’s Notebook”
Hugo House
Seattle, WA

August 11, 2018
“Writing for Bliss”
Santa Barbara Public Library
Santa Barbara, CA

August 4, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
“Transforming Through Adversity: A journaling and meditation workshop”
with Radhule Weininger, PhD
Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara, CA

July 21, 2018
2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
“The Art of Memoir Writing”
Sacred Space
Summerland, CA

June 30, 2018
“Writing for Bliss: Finding Joy Through Personal Writing”
Open Center
New York, NY

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

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

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

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

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

2017

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READINGS & SIGNINGS

2019

February 22, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal”
Signing and Discussion
Ikat and Pearls Home Decor
28 S California Street
Ventura, CA

January 10, 2019
7:00 p.m.
“NEW: Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal”
Signing & Discussion
Chaucer’s Books
3321 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA

TBD
“Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal”
Signing & Discussion
Lily’s of Montecito
1131 Coast Village Rd
Montecito, CA

2018

February 2, 2018
6:00-8:00 p.m.
“Writing for Bliss”
(Reading and Celebration)
Ikat and Pearls Home Decor
Ventura, CA

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

2017

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PRESENTATIONS

2017

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

2016

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