Diana Raab, PhD Events

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. It can be experienced as two bodies speaking lovingly to one another, or as a solo journey into the world of imagination. Through discussion and writing prompts, you will embark on a fun and illuminating journey that will leave you breathless for more. All participants will receive a free, autographed copy of Diana’s latest poetry collection, Lust. 

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. Inside the labyrinth, there are times when you might feel lost, and other times when your path flows more freely. But no matter which journey you take, it will be one of self-discovery.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



October 19-22, 2017
“Writing for Bliss: Part 1 & 2”
Florida Writers Conference
Altamonte Springs, FL

April 4, 2017
“Spirits in the Air: Poetry & the Liquid Muse”- poetry reading
Santa Barbara, CA


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

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


Sunday, December 5, 2015
“Mindful Writing: Navigating Through the Holidays.”
Summerland, CA

July 15, 2015
“Just Write: Looking Back Moving Forward, Writing for Transformation”
Ojai, CA

April 14, 2015
“Writing for Transformation
Practice: Body Mind and Soul”
Roslyn, NY

April 11, 2015
“Writing with Lust: Personal Writing for Transformation and Empowerment”
New York, NY

April 8, 2015
UCSB / Student Resource Building / Multipurpose Room
Santa Barbara, CA

March 7, 14, and 21, 2015
“Writing for Transformation: Part I : Journaling”
“Writing for Transformation: Part II : Memoir Basics”
“Writing for Transformation : Part III : What’s Your Story?”
Summerland, CA

February 21, 2015
“Writing for Transformation: Looking Back Moving Forward”
Summerland, CA


November 20, 2014

“Writing for Healing and Transformation”
ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation and Training) – Keynote Speaker
Camarillo, CA



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


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


August 8, 2015
“Water & Stone”
Ventura, CA

June 11, 2015
“Beyond Santa Barbara”
Santa Barbara Museum of Art

May 10, 2015
Library Girl
“Treat Your Mother Right”
Ruskin Theater
Santa Monica, CA

April 17, 2015
“Poetry of Transformation”
The Tamsen Gallery
Santa Barbara, CA

April 1, 2015 
“Spirits in the Air: Poetry & the Liquid Muse”- poetry reading
Santa Barbara, CA

March 28, 2015
“Touch Me: Erotic Poetry Reading”
The Bells Arts Factory
Ventura, CA

February 10, 2015
“Love, Longing and Lust:  A Poetry Reading”
(joined by poets Perie Longo, Marsha de la O, Friday Gretchen Lubina and Jina Carvahlo)
Antioch University Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA


November 13, 2014

Wine and Hors D’oeuvres
Poetry Reading
“An Evening of Poetry and Art”
The Tamsen Gallery
Santa Barbara, CA

September 23, 2014
Poetry reading from LUST
Cobalt Cafe
Canoga Park, CA

September 14, 2014
Dance Me to the End of Love: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen Poetry :
In words and music
Ruskin Theater (Library Girl)
Santa Monica, CA

September 11, 2014
Poetry reading from LUST
Ventura Poetry Series
E.P. Foster Library
Ventura, CA


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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