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Dear Creativity, I am Your Fire Keeper

A Letter to Creativity, by Amaera BayLaurel, artist/designer/writer, written at Elizabeth Gilbert’s Writing Workshop, Napa, CA., Nov. 7th, 2015.

Dearest Creativity,

I have long known that you are the fire in my life and that I am the Fire Keeper. I know that there have been many times, upon waking to a cold morning that was covered in frost, when I realized I had nearly let the fire burn out.

And yet I have always been able to trust that once I removed the layers of ash, I would find a warm ember still glowing beneath the ruin. I have always known that you would be there for me, and that all I needed to do was gently blow life energy back into you in order to reignite the flame.

My Dearest Friend, you can trust me fully now – because I recognize that I cannot live without your heat, and I wish to renew my vows as Fire Keeper. I vow to not let you burn down and to never let you burn out. What is more, I vow to let you ignite my soul and to dance with you, flame-against-flame, as One Light. I vow to raise you up into a majestic bonfire.

Yours Sincerely,

The Fire Keeper

Note from the Author:

When I was asked if I’d share my “Letter to Creativity” with Brilliant Writer, I was so touched! And later, when I sat down to type it up, the letter actually brought tears to my eyes. The workshop with Elizabeth was so powerful, and her ‘manifesto’ about living a creative life beyond fear is so relevant to the times (especially for women), that it struck a very deep cord within.

The metaphor about fire felt effective because it is about warmth, but also because the coldness of a morning when the fire has gone out is extremely visceral. I can almost feel it in my bones! Creativity is intricately linked with life-force, and when we acknowledge this I believe we tap into our power. For women, tapping into our power is taboo, but it is also exactly what this world needs most.

Dave Eggers LIVE Event Accommodations

Are you excited to study with a best selling author? I know we are! We want to be as helpful as possible for our event attendees, so we’ve compiled a list of accommodations that are in the area. Haven’t registered yet? Get info about the event here: Dave Eggers LIVE

If you are looking for a more affordable option than the room rates at the Meritage Resort, here are some accommodations that are a short driving distance to the event. This list is not based on personal recommendation, but on price and location. Prices are an approximate only. For reviews, we advise checking TripAdvisor before you book.

Wine Valley Lodge
4 stars on TripAdvisor
3.5 miles (7 min drive) from Meritage Resort
Price range $89-$199/night
http://www.winevalleylodge.com/

Chablis Inn
3.5 stars on TripAdvisor
8 miles (12 min drive) from Meritage Resort
Price range $139-$149/night
http://www.chablisinn.com/

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Napa Valley
3.5 stars on TripAdvisor
3 miles (6 min drive) from Meritage Resort
Price range $195-$245/night
http://www.hawthorn.com/hotels/california/napa/hawthorn-suites-by-wyndham-napa-valley/hotel-overview

Motel 6
3 stars on TripAdvisor
8 miles (11 min drive) from Meritage Resort
Price from $100/night
https://www.motel6.com/en/motels.CA.NAPA.4688.html

3 Palms Hotels
3 stars on TripAdvisor
4 miles (10 min drive) from Meritage Resort
Price range $169-$299/night
http://www.3palmshotels.com/reservations.cfm

Chardonnay Lodge
3 stars on TripAdvisor
8 miles (13 min drive) from Meritage Resort
Price from $156/night
http://www.chardonnaylodge.net/

The Napa Inn
4.5 stars on TripAdvisor
5 miles (12 min drive) from Meritage Resort
Price range $199-$329/night
http://www.napainn.com/

Best Western Plus Inn At The Vines
4 stars on TripAdvisor
3.4 miles (8 min drive) from Meritage Resort
Price range $215-$300/night
http://www.innatthevines.com/

Fairfield Inn & Suites Napa American Canyon
3.5 stars on TripAdvisor
6 miles (9 min drive) from Meritage Resort
Price range $221-$300/night
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sfoac-fairfield-inn-and-suites-napa-american-canyon/

Didn’t see anything you liked? Another option is to use kayak.com or airbnb.com to search for available accommodations.

Write Your Way Around The Bay! Fall 2015

Write Your Way Around The Bay! Fall 2015

The autumn season is a wonderful time to visit the Bay Area. Festivals and harvests abound, the smell of apples permeates the markets, and the weather is almost always sunny but never too hot. My fingers itch to get to the keyboard and turn these autumn delights into poems.

Other writers must feel the same way, because autumn is a wonderful time to write your way around the Bay! This year you’ll find a truly remarkable writing event during each month of autumn, each one located in a different town in the Bay Area. If you didn’t already have an excuse to visit the Bay Area this fall, here are four more reasons below:

September: The Writing for Change Conference

The leaves are changing and so will hearts, minds, and lives at The Writing for Change Conference in San Francisco. On September 12th, writers, publishers, editors, and agents will be participating in this daylong conference in order to turn ideas into published words that will initiate change in the environment, technology, politics, human rights, and more.

The motto for this conference is “The event that shows you how your ideas can change the world.” Attendees will spend the day in workshops, listening to keynote speakers, and making connections that will take their writing to publication. If you’re looking to have your writing make a difference, this is the conference for you! Plus, you’ll be in San Francisco for the best weather the city has all year.

September: Petaluma Poetry Walk

Petaluma combines two of my favorite things on September 20th: walking and poetry. The 20th annual walk will showcase dozens of poets, including Phyllis Meshulam, Nellie Wong, Beatriz Lagos, Rob Greene, Lucille Lang Day, and many more. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through historic Petaluma and pop in to hear some poetry along the way. The event is free and open to all.

October: Litquake

Get ready to shake things up at Litquake this October! From October 9-17, writers and readers can attend literary events and workshops hosted at various venues in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Festival visitors come from as far away as Australia and Europe; it’s the perfect festival for encountering both local and international writers. Meet authors, attend readings and workshops, participate in lit crawls, and join in on the creative fun!

November: Elizabeth Gilbert LIVE in Napa

A tried and true way to become a successful writer is to learn from the best! This November 7th, writers have the opportunity to learn tricks of the trade from best selling author of Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert. Attendees will enjoy an inspirational talk, writing workshops, a Q&A session, gourmet lunch, wine reception, book signing, and more at the Meritage Resort in Napa, California. Plus, a percentage of proceeds will benefit Bay Area Writers in the Schools Programs. Learn more here at Liz Gilbert LIVE!

Whether it’s a festival, poetry walk, lit crawl, or workshop there is something for every type of writer in the Bay Area this fall. I’ll be attending all these events and more, hopefully while sipping a hot cup of apple cider and enjoying the beautiful autumn weather. Hope to see you there!

**Photo credit: “”A tree in autumn season”” by Arivumathi – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons