Viva Institute's popular Sedona retreat is now an online workshop! Transformative Storytelling is an immersive 4-week writing workshop that will empower you to revisit your life’s most significant stories and transform the way you tell them.
Whether you’ve never taken a writing class or you’re a seasoned writer looking for new ways to access your work, Transformative Storytelling will identify the ongoing threads in your personal narratives so you can express your unique voice and discover the transformative power of reclaiming your most meaningful stories.
A rich, interactive online platform released in weekly modules, where you’ll explore storytelling from many traditions, identify the ongoing threads in your personal narratives, mess with genre and time, watch videos that show what we mean by “transformative,” undertake a guided journey, and even do some arts and crafts!
Four weekly sessions over Zoom on Wednesdays from 7-8 pm ET
A private community for sharing and offering feedback.
Ongoing feedback and encouragement from your co-pilot, Leigh Hopkins.
Once you enroll in Transformative Storytelling, you can add on a 1:1 writing mentoring session with Leigh Hopkins. Send Leigh any piece up to 2,000 words and meet with her for a 30-minute private Zoom session to talk about all aspects of your piece.
Leigh Hopkins is the Editor and Curator of Khôra, a dynamic online arts space conceived and produced in collaboration with author Lidia Yuknavitch and Corporeal Writing. She’s a columnist at The Rumpus, and her work has appeared in BOMB Magazine, Longreads, McSweeney’s, Entropy, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications. She is represented by Kent D. Wolf of Neon Literary.
After the publication of Leigh’s essay The Brazilian Healer and the Patron Saint of Impossible Causes (Longreads), she was featured in a Brazilian documentary by the film crew who first exposed the crimes of John of God, the world’s most famous spiritual surgeon.
As the Vice President for Education of a leading social policy think tank, Leigh provided support to 500 literacy programs in historically underserved communities throughout the United States. In 2010, Leigh left a career in social policy to move to Brazil, where she founded Viva Institute institute by rigging a satellite dish to a boulder in a banana field. Today, Leigh lives in Philadelphia with her wife (a master painter), and their Portuguese-speaking Jack Russell Terrier.
"Leigh Hopkins is a sunbeam of an editor." — Tammy Heejae Lee, writer
"...helped me grow in ways that I never expected."
What an amazing class!
"Positive, helpful comments and feedback..."
"The support I felt was invaluable."
"Personal attention given to each student..."
"The big benefit of Transformative Storytelling, for me, was actually doing it..."
"Sometimes telling the story is the thing that saves your life.” — Lidia Yuknavitch
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." — Maya Angelou
"Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
"Do you know that only two things have been proven to help survivors of the Holocaust? Massage is one. Telling their story is another. Being touched and touching. Telling your story is touching. It sets you free.” — Francesca Lia Block
"Suffering ceases to be suffering the moment it finds meaning.” — Viktor Frankel