Write Your Life as a Woman

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Write Your Life as a Woman

Announcing new workshop dates soon!

Join a gathering of women for a grounding and inspiring writing retreat. Experience the radical self-care of putting away all electronics, turning off your phone and turning on your creativity.

In the style of journal writing workshops, we write by hand – pen on paper –  in response to writing prompts and class content. With a focus on the process and experience of writing, there is no critiquing – only gentle encouragement in a non-academic, creative environment. No writing experience is necessary.

Click here to review the class contract which sets the space for the class (and can mostly be applied to life also). 

Since 1997 I’ve designed and taught non-academic, community writing workshops such as Write Your Life as a Woman, Collecting Your Memories and the Closet Fiction Writer’s Workshop. I also offer one-to-one coaching/mentoring sessions for writing projects. My credits include: Associate Editor for Texas EMS Magazine, commentary in Austin Monthly; Austin American-Statesman op ed; recent essays and the previous long-running “skirt tales” column in the original skirt! Magazine; body/mind/spirit column, features and reporting in the (Charleston) Post and Courier and the Columbia Free Times, Columbia Business Journal, Charleston Regional Business Journal, short stories and feminism column in Point.

What happens in class…

  • Each student makes a commitment to follow the class contract. View it here.
  • Escape all things digital – we write by hand with pen or pencil on paper. Old school. Phones are turned completely off and stored securely in another room.

  • We write and read out loud in class. However, you can always “pass” and no one will mind a bit. (Bullies do not take this class. Only really nice people take this class.)

  • Even if you don’t like to write, don’t worry… words will be spilling out of you right away… it’s magical.

  • Guaranteed good for the head and heart.


  • Bring your favorite pens or pencils and your favorite paper – journal, notepad or loose leaf paper.

  • Leave your computer at home.

  • Be prepared to turn your phone off.

  • Some snacks and water are provided. You’re welcome to bring snacks.

  • Wear comfortable clothes for gentle yoga and movement breaks.

Testimonials and press:

“A respite with no phones, laptops or other electronic distractions, surrounded by a mix of fabulously interesting women including songwriters, movers and shakers and professionals – sign me up! … I left class that day feeling liberated and expressed. … it’s fabulous!” – Launch787.com

“Need a nudge to get those creative juices flowing? Women looking for a casual, creative environment where they can share their words would do well to sign up for this motivating and positive experience.” – Austin Chronicle

“Pencil in some time for yourself… participants de-stress, remember past experiences, and look toward the future.” – The State

“A rainy Sunday writing class with Dean Lofton at The Writing Barn felt like a beautifully wrapped Tiffany-colored box gift to myself.” – Kelley Burrus, conference planner

“I loved Dean’s writing workshop “Write Your Life As A Woman.” It became a weekly ritual that I looked forward to … I loved this format of class – no critiquing, no judging – just writing and sharing. I would take it again!” – Suzanna Choffel, singer/songwriter

“Dean’s class helped me get more in touch with my writing, my life direction and a lot of kick ass females. I recommend this class to anyone looking for a little pick-me-up in the soul department.” – Laura, 28, engineer/writer/blogger

“… learning how to allow all of my thoughts and words to reach the paper without judging them… This class has been such an amazing experience and I am looking forward to seeing how this affects my songwriting as well.” – Vanessa Lively, singer/songwriter, artist

“… tapped into parts of me that were long dormant. Opened doors of creativity and intuitiveness I didn’t know I had. The class allowed me to be me.” – Leigh, 34 pharmaceutical sales rep

“.. more confidence and faith in myself, in others and in the world in general. It was a true blessing.” – Cathering, 26, tech writer

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