Workshop: “Zen and The Writing Life” with John Smelcer

  • Sunday, March 03, 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Riviera Resort, Palm Springs, 1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, Royal Room 1. Park in Ballroom parking spaces for free parking.


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Sunday, March 3, 2019


Zen and The Writing Life

John Smelcer

Sunday, March 3, 2019

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Riviera Resort, Palm Springs
1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Royal Room 1. Park in Ballroom parking spaces for free parking.

Ballroom Floor Plan

Schedule: Beginning at 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Lunch served at 12:00 p.m. Ample time for questions at end. Workshop over promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Workshop Description:
They say a writer is someone who writes. But is it really that simple? If it was that easy everyone would be a bestselling novelist. What are some of the essential habits of being a good (and productive) writer?

About this workshop facilitator:

John Smelcer is the award-winning author of more than 55 books published in a wide range of genres, including fiction, poetry, memoir, linguistics and mythology. His poems, articles, essays, and interviews have been published in over 500 magazines and journals worldwide. For almost a quarter century he was poetry editor and association publisher of Rosebud Magazine, what The Boston Globe once called "the best literary journal in America."

One of the last speakers on earth of two severely endangered Alaska Native languages, John wrote dictionaries of both languages, for which Noam Chomsky and Stephen Pinker provided forewords.

Dr. Smelcer studied literature and world religions at Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard. He is a blog writer for The Charter for Compassion, a global nonprofit founded by Karen Armstrong (A History of God) after she received the TED Talk Award in 2008.

He has also judged dozens of literary awards around the world, as far away as Israel, and co-authored a poem on compassion with the Dali Lama, who also provided a forward for his Alaska Native dictionaries and wrote a blurb for the acclaimed novel, The Gospel of Simon.

In the spring of 2015, Dr. Smelcer "discovered" the worldly possessions of Thomas Merton. Learn more at

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Registration Details:

  • PSWG Members: $100.00
  • Non-Members: $125.00
  • Payment in Full is confirmation of seating.
  • Lunch included.
  • Online payment via PayPal or credit card only.
  • Workshop attendees cancelling their attendance and wishing a refund will be handled on a case by case basis by the PSWG Board.
  • Day of workshop sales available ONLY if workshop is not full. Bring check. Workshop events are limited to 40 participants.
  • Park in Ballroom parking spaces for free parking.
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