Our Homes: Windows to the World, Mirrors of Ourselves

Saturday, July 27, 2019

10:00AM - 4:00PM

$120 New Student | $90 Returning

Live Stream Available

We write from our roots, out of the soil, habitat, culture, and history that shape our language, sensory connection to the world, and foundational narratives. The southern novelist and memoirist Harry Crews wrote of the Okefenokee Swamp, the essential place of his own Georgia roots: “A swamp and a river are enough to bring at least one writer back from the raging edge of despair to a place where calm, sane work can at least be attempted.” Given that we live in such a mobile world, many of us have moved away from our roots, either by necessity or choice.

This day-long seminar will explore the meaning of place and home in our lives and writing. Is a home necessarily a place, as it is for Crews? Or might it be a sanctuary we create—a portable state of mind? How essential to our happiness and “heart’s ease” is a physical connection to our roots, and what do we lose when we leave our roots? And yet, what do we lose if we never leave? If our homes anchor us, does their weight always ground and support us, or do they encumber and impede our life’s journey? So how do we find sanctuary in the unfamiliar? We’ll explore these questions through essays, myths and our own writing, to develop greater insight into our own sense of our place in the world and the meaning of exile. 

My own biography connects me intimately these questions. After living in the city where I grew up for four decades, I left home in middle-age, moving across the country four times in thirteen years.

  • Fee: $120 or $90 for former/current students | Live Stream Available!

    • Eden Elieff Presenter

    • Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 10:00AM to 4:00PM

    • Seminar meets at The Drawing Board at 75 & Campbell: 1900 Jay Ell Dr / Richardson, TX / 75081

    • Live Stream is available for students who live outside of Dallas. Just let us know when you register.

    Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this seminar.


Instructor Eden Elieff is a writer of fiction and nonfiction, a teacher, and private writing coach. She has published work in literary journals, the Dallas Morning News, and also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Student Testimonials

“There are lots of good writing teachers; Eden Elieff is one of the great ones. She’s not just a published writer & extremely knowledgeable about the entire field.  She’s also a great instructor. She focuses on supporting you & your writing goals and makes you do the work. From provoking you to counseling you to giving you actionable ideas, Eden will help you get to where you should go. Whatever writing subject she teaches - take her course!”

"Yesterday filled me with joy. What was I doing? I was in Eden Elieff's Fiction or Memoir Class. Her energy and enthusiasm were contagious. Her materials (excerpts from esteemed texts, both memoir and fiction) were eye-opening. Her writing exercises were invigorating. The entire three hours transported me back to my beloved MFA days and reminded me of why I am a writer. (Bonus: She has her MFA from Bennington!) Through the examination of the passages, I was able to further paw my way out of my pile of confusion over what I am writing and I feel I am closer now to what I must pursue: an autobiographical novel, which I had no idea existed. Or rather, was classified as such. I highly HIGHLY recommend her as a teacher. I look forward to more classes with Eden!"