Discovery Writing

workshop
Mollie McNeil & Jeff Hamaoui May 30, 2021 - June 6, 2021
Emotions & Relationships Wellness & Spirit 7 Days
Accepting applications
Applications open til: April 20, 2021
Scholarships announced by: April 27, 2021
Emotions & Relationships Wellness & Spirit 7 Days

Discovery Writing is a timed writing practice that helps you bypass the inner critic urging you to write perfectly. Inspired by lines from contemporary, accessible poetry, you will write as fast as you can in a series of ten to fifteen minute bursts, never letting the pen leave the page. You will read your writing aloud on the spot to the group. Writing and sharing in this raw, intuitive way takes courage — and is the fastest way to cultivate and recognize your authentic voice as a creative. There is no formal critique after each reading, only an appreciation for what is working in a piece and what is moving the group the most deeply. This collective writing practice is a juicy and forceful way to kick off any good writing project — be it a memoir, a set of personal essays or a series of blog posts.

Who is this workshop best suited for?

If intensive writing exercises and coaching mixed in with our core curriculum, sounds appealing, this week is for you. And, for anyone willing to get messy and take risks on the page — from seasoned writers who have a larger project of narrative nonfiction in mind to people who love to read or journal and want to make more space for reflective writing in their lives. Particularly engaging for those interested in writing a personal memoir, or helping a friend or parent write theirs.

Note: All workshops cover the foundational Modern Elder curriculum and provide a comprehensive set of tools to help navigate midlife, resulting in a Certificate in Mindset Management. Guest faculty bring a unique experience to each week led by MEA staff.

Your workshop leaders

Mollie McNeil

Mollie McNeil is an artist and published author who teaches personal narrative writing at the Esalen Institute and leads private workshops in the SF bay area.

Jeff Hamaoui

MEA co-founder and poetic Chief Education Officer Jeff Hamaoui is a gentle and empathic facilitator, business innovation veteran, and community builder who’s taught sustainability courses at Wharton, Berkeley, and Stanford.

May 30, 2021 - June 6, 2021

Applications open til: April 20, 2021
Scholarships announced by: April 27, 2021

Your workshop leaders

Mollie McNeil

Mollie McNeil is an artist and published author who teaches personal narrative writing at the Esalen Institute and leads private workshops in the SF bay area.

Jeff Hamaoui

MEA co-founder and poetic Chief Education Officer Jeff Hamaoui is a gentle and empathic facilitator, business innovation veteran, and community builder who’s taught sustainability courses at Wharton, Berkeley, and Stanford.

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Tuition

Consider it an investment in your future.

For all workshops, MEA tuition is $5,500 per person for a private room, or $4,000 per person for a shared room. Full-tuition attendees must deposit 50% upon application, with the balance due 30 days prior to arrival.

Please note: In response to Covid-19, for the health and safety of our guests, all rooms will be single occupancy through the end of 2020, unless you are applying with a partner. You can still apply at the shared room rate, but premium rooms with king or queen beds and extra amenities will be given to single room applicants.

Scholarships

MEA is a social enterprise, committed to socio-economic diversity.

We know that our entire society is made stronger when everyone has the opportunity to learn, participate, and grow, no matter how much they make for a living. We offer two levels of scholarship on a need-aware basis and are committed to at least half of our students receiving some form of scholarship.

The scholarship request is included in the workshop application form. Please be aware that we have more scholarship applicants than available spaces—applying for full tuition does maximize the likelihood of getting placed in your preferred workshop.

Scholarship Levels (All scholarships are shared accommodation.)

$1,250 scholarship (Students are responsible for $2750 tuition.)

$2,500 scholarship (Students are responsible for $1500 tuition.)

We announce scholarships within five weeks of our workshops. (See workshop listings for announcement dates.) Scholarship tuitions function as the deposit and are due in full within five business days of announcement.

All scholarships are for shared room accomodation. Exceptions for specific medical or personal conditions may be considered.

Please consider the following scholarship criteria before applying: You must demonstrate financial need, and your application must be received at least six weeks prior to the workshop start date.

Payments and Cancellations

And now for the part about money.

For full-tuition students, a 50% deposit is due at the time of your application. Your acceptance will be confirmed within 3-5 business days. If we’re unable to confirm acceptance, your deposit will be automatically refunded. The balance is due 30 days before the start of your workshop.

Scholarship applicants will be notified of acceptance five weeks prior to the start of the workshop. The remainder of tuition is due in full within five business days of the scholarship notification.

Deposits are non-refundable. But if you give us a reasonable amount of time to fill the spot, we can transfer your deposit to another workshop, within a year, based on availability. We know that traveling right now is a very personal decision.

We cannot provide credit for no-shows, early departures, or program dissatisfaction.

In the event that we must cancel—and in this crazy, “pandemics are a real thing” world, it sometimes happens—we’ll let you know as far ahead of the workshop start date as possible and offer a refund or accommodate a transfer to another workshop, if you’re interested.

Tuition

Consider it an investment in your future.

For all workshops, MEA tuition is $5,500 per person for a private room, or $4,000 per person for a shared room. Full-tuition attendees must deposit 50% upon application, with the balance due 30 days prior to arrival.

Please note: In response to Covid-19, for the health and safety of our guests, all rooms will be single occupancy through the end of 2020, unless you are applying with a partner. You can still apply at the shared room rate, but premium rooms with king or queen beds and extra amenities will be given to single room applicants.

Scholarships

MEA is a social enterprise, committed to socio-economic diversity.

We know that our entire society is made stronger when everyone has the opportunity to learn, participate, and grow, no matter how much they make for a living. We offer two levels of scholarship on a need-aware basis and are committed to at least half of our students receiving some form of scholarship.

The scholarship request is included in the workshop application form. Please be aware that we have more scholarship applicants than available spaces—applying for full tuition does maximize the likelihood of getting placed in your preferred workshop.

Scholarship Levels (All scholarships are shared accommodation.)

$1,250 scholarship (Students are responsible for $2750 tuition.)

$2,500 scholarship (Students are responsible for $1500 tuition.)

We announce scholarships within five weeks of our workshops. (See workshop listings for announcement dates.) Scholarship tuitions function as the deposit and are due in full within five business days of announcement.

All scholarships are for shared room accomodation. Exceptions for specific medical or personal conditions may be considered.

Please consider the following scholarship criteria before applying: You must demonstrate financial need, and your application must be received at least six weeks prior to the workshop start date.

Payments and Cancellations

And now for the part about money.

For full-tuition students, a 50% deposit is due at the time of your application. Your acceptance will be confirmed within 3-5 business days. If we’re unable to confirm acceptance, your deposit will be automatically refunded. The balance is due 30 days before the start of your workshop.

Scholarship applicants will be notified of acceptance five weeks prior to the start of the workshop. The remainder of tuition is due in full within five business days of the scholarship notification.

Deposits are non-refundable. But if you give us a reasonable amount of time to fill the spot, we can transfer your deposit to another workshop, within a year, based on availability. We know that traveling right now is a very personal decision.

We cannot provide credit for no-shows, early departures, or program dissatisfaction.

In the event that we must cancel—and in this crazy, “pandemics are a real thing” world, it sometimes happens—we’ll let you know as far ahead of the workshop start date as possible and offer a refund or accommodate a transfer to another workshop, if you’re interested.

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