Schedule & More

Our schedule will feature new workshops for 2019 (see the 2018 workshops here).

Sunday, May 19

4-6 p.m. — Arrival, check-in

6 p.m. — Welcome Dinner

7:30 p.m. — Opening night writing, singing and arts

Monday, May 20

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – Stress Free Songwriting and Singing – Part 1, with Kelley: As writer John O’Donohue said, “There is a sense in which music is a homecoming”. Whether we’re finding our way home through our words and music in song form or singing our way back to our own voices, we’ll explore specific ways to make both stress free and joy-filled. Each workshop will include both songwriting and singing, using specific prompts, writing exercises, basic song form & structure and collaboration. We’ll do safe, easy warm-ups before we sing and then sing together as a group, learning songs both familiar and new. (As always, no one will be asked to sing alone in front of others unless they want to.)

11:30 a.m. – Replenishing Movement with Caryn

12 – Lunch

1-2 p.m. – Anatomy of a Poem – Caryn:  Whether you write poetry or not, come learn some tricks, tools, and magical moves to bring greater vividness, rhythm, and pizzazz to your writing. Caryn will share some of the inner workings in drafting and revising poems, and we’ll workshop a few poems to explore ways to surrender to what the poem — or any poetic creative writing — wants to share, and how to free it to speak with originality.

2-6 p.m. – Free time (including massage appointments with Rachel Craeger, 2-6 p.m.) and art stations with Susan and/or Amy.

Laura Ramberg & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg Up a Tree

6 p.m. – Dinner

7:30-8:30 p.m. – An Intimate Reading with Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, featuring poetry, fiction and memoir from her new books, Following the Curve, Everyday Magic, and Miriam’s Well.

9 – Dance Party

Tuesday, May 21

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – The World As Writing Prompt – Caryn: As we open up your senses and peripheral vision to all that surrounds us, plus deepen our engagement with our stories, memories, brightest wishes, and clearest seeing, we can find all manner of powerful things to write about to give us greater perspective on our lives and the world. Using innovative writing exercises, we’ll seek out all we want to write about now and in the coming year while also doing some of that writing here and now. You’ll write several new pieces, plus generate a list of many more prompts specific to your experiences, callings, and visions.

11:40 a.m. – Mini Dance Party – Kelley

12 – Lunch

1-2 p.m. – Canoeing & Kayaking (small fee)

2-6 p.m. – Free time (including massage), and art stations with Amy and/or Susan.

6 p.m. – Dinner

7:30-8:30 p.m. –An Intimate Concert with Kelley Hunt

9 p.m. – Open mic and jam session

 Wednesday, May 22

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. – Stress Free Songwriting and Singing – Part 2, with Kelley: This workshop will be all about developing, expanding, and experimenting with the songwriting started during Part 1, with an emphasis on editing, collaboration & feedback from others, and having the option to “workshop” your song in the group setting with Kelley. We’ll take our group singing a step further by learning specific performance techniques, reviewing the songs we’ve learned and honing our part-singing skills, and, weather permitting, singing outside.

11:40 a.m. – Curvy Stretching – Caryn

12 – Lunch

1-2 p.m. – Anatomy of a Song – Kelley: Come to a special session about how to construct and revise a song. We’ll workshop a song or two with Kelley showing you how to make great impulses for songs into amazing finished songs.

2-6 p.m. – Free time (including massage), and art stations with Amy and/or Susan.

6 p.m. – Dinner

7:30 p.m. – Collaborative Performance with Kelley Hunt & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Thursday, May 23

8 a.m. – Breakfast

9-11:30 a.m. True Belonging Through Writing – Caryn: “Your level of true belonging can never be greater than your willingness to be brave and stand by yourself….It’s how the men and women who have the highest level of true belonging show up in their lives,” Brené Brown says. Come explore how writing can bring us home to ourselves and also help us show up — according to our callings and gifts — in our families and communities. As well, writing can help us heal from experiences of not belonging by reconnecting us with our deepest source and wildest spirit. We’ll draw on prompts that reveal more of our innate courage, wisdom, truth, and what it means to belong, most of all, to ourselves.

11:40 a.m. – Noon – Walk to the Water – Caryn

12 – Lunch

1-5:30 p.m. – Free time and preparation for the evening’s performance including rehearsal time and space.

5:30 p.m. – Special dinner

8 p.m. – A Celebration of Ourselves: Readings and Performances Solo and Choral with all participants ready to share their work

Friday, May 24

8 a.m. — Breakfast

9-11 a.m. — Closing circle and farewells.

19780673_10213528272230194_1281451453699400283_oStaff: We are thrilled to have Amy Nixon and Susan Hancock on board to welcome participants and help them find balance and homecoming throughout the week.

A little on each of them: Amy Nixon is a long-time Brave Voice participant and staff member, and also a writer and artist. Amy has ample experience holding the calm in creative and vibrant ways at Brave Voice and in many other aspects of her life, and she’s studied Soul Collage and many other arts. An avid writer, she also won the Walnut Valley Festival’s songwriting competition for a song she wrote at Brave Voice.

Susan Hancock warms audiences with her fresh, vocal interpretations of American Songbook standards, blues, pop and Latin love songs. She is recently moved to Lawrence, KS where she holds a monthly First Thursday gig at Crystal’s Spot in the downtown. She studies voice with Kelley Hunt, and jazz improvisation with Dr. Wayne Goins, the Director of Jazz Studies at Kansas State University. Her many performances include such locales as The Manhattan Arts Center, The Junction City Opera House, The Wamego Columbian Theater, and the Kansas State University Library system. She is grateful to be part of the Brave Voice staff and looks forward to welcoming new and returning participants to this life-changing event.

Afternoon Arts & Activities: Each afternoon features a stretch of open space and time for you to write, sing, create (art supplies will be available), walk, boat, do yoga, nap, or take field trips by foot or car (maps to interesting sites will be available).

Massage: We are honored to have Rachel Creager Ireland, a massage therapist from Prairie Fire Spa in Strong City, on site for some of the afternoons if you wish to sign up for a massage (additional charge paid directly to massage therapist).

Consultations: Kelley or Caryn are available for 20-minute consultations (late afternoon) throughout the week to discuss a song, poem, story, marketing or career or performing idea or opportunity, or anything else related to writing, singing, songwriting, performing, publishing, making a living through the arts, etc.

In-Depth Consultation: Kelley and Caryn offer a limited number of in-depth consultations (50 minutes long) at Brave Voice for an additional fee. See registration for details.