Classes

Writing from the Queen's Seat

Sign up for the Author Queen Writing Society’s Spring Season

We are in full swing with the Winter Season of the Author Queen Writing Society and we are so thrilled with our participant’s creativity and progress! Writing from the Queen Seat is a powerful system that will give you step by step exercises, templates, guidance, and action steps that directly relate to you unearthing what you are here to share and revealing your expertise through the chapters of your book. It is our sacred mission to place in front of you a pathway once you have taken the steps in this book and done the work, you will have written the first draft of your book and will be one step closer to sharing your experience, methods, and guidance from a place of magnanimity and clarity so that others might benefit.

We found and channeled tremendous energy and creative through imaging our queendom.  Both to get into our own expertise as well as empowering us.  The queendom is a creative effective method to access your own power and help you write your book based on your expertise and power.

Don’t have time for a three month on-line program? Watch for our four -day and two-day live workshops

Writing from the Queen’s Seat Live workshops

This August 2021 in Sonoma, CA and Sedona AZ

Sunday

Greetings, connections and welcome. Come for a late afternoon meet and greet at our conference location.  We will introduce ourselves as well as introduce you to the concepts and ideas we will use during the week.

Day One

Discover your Queenly archetype and create your queendom.  In this process you will be surprised at who and what shows up as not only exciting subject on which to write but also who makes up your ultimate audience and how to directly address them.  

Find clarity on your purpose.  Every book has a purpose, what is yours?  Armed with the detailed map of your queendom, you will quickly and easily identify the purpose of your book and even your own purpose as you move forward.

Day Two

We write!  Writing a non-fiction book is at first daunting, until you realize you have a  lot of your book laying around.  We will explore what you already have, how it supports your purpose and start putting it together to start your book.  

Day Three

Start the first chapter, with clarity of purpose and a solid understanding of your audience, you will be ready to write your first book chapter and the next and the next.  You will write a first draft of one or more book chapters, as well as start your outlines.

Using the queendom metaphor we will identify your best audience, who you want to reach with your book and how to approach them in an authentic (queenly) way.  (Yes, this is about social media and promotion).

Day Four

Queen’s Court – come to the queens and work one on one to launch you on your queenly path.  We will be available all day for individual coaching so you are on the path with your project, crown on your head, scepter firmly in hand.

4 day pass workshops, breakfast, lunch and individual coaching  TBA

Overnight – 4 nights (shared bath)  TBA

Reserve your space! – Cbramkamp (at) gmail.com

We want to help you release the book stored in your soul, begging to be heard.  

Wild Writing Wednesday Prompts for Practice & Play

introducing a monthly workshop for working authors.

Supported by the Literary Arts Committee, Nevada County Arts Council. Workshop leaders – Sands Hall and Catharine Bramkamp.

The event will be held the last Wednesday of the month from 4:30PM to 6:00PM

  • EVENT SCHEDULE  
  • 4:30 Check in with group members
  • 4:40 What do you want to focus on? 
  • 4:50 Inspiration 
  • 5:00 Prompt number one
  • Ten-minute write
  • 5:10  Optional Share 
  • 5:25 Prompt 2
  • Ten-minute write
  • 5:35 Optional Share
  • 5:50  Wrap up
  • 6:00  Finish

A gathering of new and experienced authors, we invite all authors to come and practice their craft with us. Based on the teachings of Natalie Goldberg she of Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind, we will write to prompts and share what we want with the group. This is a supportive and inspirational meeting place. When we reach critical mass – about 8 writers, we will meet on Zoom.

RSVP to Catharine – cbramkamp(at) gmail.com for either the zoom link or the actual meeting place.

Journaling in Hard Times

Transformative Journaling is a way to organically organize our thoughts and experiences in a positive effective manner. By telling our story we not only move into the heroine position, but recent findings, linked to the studies of brain plasticity have discovered that consistent journaling can reduce doctor visits and improve overall health. We will learn how to start, what to write, and work with feedback about our process. There is homework!  You’ll be learning how, when and when is the best time for your own journaling.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up for the Transformational Journaling class. Catharine Bramkamp was an amazing instructor!I actually learned a lot about journaling and she gave us so many tools and prompts for when we get stuck. I personally had some major breakthroughs as a result of our class exercises!I would recommend this class for everyone!!​
Thank you, Trish B

Club OLLI Activity–Membership Required (this spring available through University of Hawaii)

Club OLLI Activity–Membership Required

The Wild Victorians class.

1849, smack in the middle of the 19th century, some 300,000 people picked up and left their safe domestic spaces for uncertain adventure and imagined riches in California. This willingness to leave it all behind and hit the road is considered a uniquely American characteristic, but the propensity for adventure and exploration is actually more of the times, rather than the place. In this class, we will explore the Victorian inventions that set off a century of exploration and experimentation unheard of before or since. Discovering gold was the least of it.

Proper Woman’s Work

The women behind the artists

Catharine Bramkamp

Proper Work for a Woman, the women behind the famous artists.
Proper Woman’s Work – The women behind the artists

Proper Woman’s Work – The women behind the artists OLLI Spring 2021

3/1/2021 to 3/22/2021 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Monday –  California

3/2/3021 to 3/30/2021   (no class Mar 16) 11:00-12:30 PM  Tuesday – Hawai

Is there such thing as the independent genius, the man who does it all and is justifiably famous for his efforts? No.

We celebrate the women who did more than just type their husband’s manuscript (#thanksfortyping), but nurtured, nursed, and promoted some of the most famous artists of our time.

This is a celebration of the women who labor behind the scenes and without whom much of our art and literature would not have entered the cannon.  

Mash Up 

Fractured Art for Fractured Times

OLLI Spring 2021

2/17/2021 to 3/10/2021 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Wednesdays   

Collage is ubiquitous, an art form that uses the jumble of our outer world, those fragments, ads, and volume of information that is our modern “normal” to create new statements, alternative narratives and of course, a way to express the inexpressible.  

 “Prior to 1914, collage was a novelty; by 1918, it was a necessity,” Billy Renkl – collage artist

Club OLLI Activity–Membership Required



The Great War, one that both the British and Germans believed would end by Christmas 1914, influence a sea change in daily life from social positions to literature and art.  This class explores how four artists responded to the devastation and change wrought by a war that had certainly not finished by Christmas.  We will look at the writers Virginia Woolf, TS Eliot, and F. Scott Fitzgerald and the artists from the Omega Workshop, the Futurists, the Dadas, and the Surrealists.  Re-reading the texts is not necessary to enjoy the class.

Not offered this Spring.

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