Classes

Writing from the Queen's Seat

I love, love, love teaching live classes! For Fall, we are holding a live writing class in Nevada City.

Live workshop this November

November 15 – 19th  Five days of exploration, fellowship, and discovering your queenly path.

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.

 We will be in a quiet house in Nevada City with a bonus concert hall so we can safely spread out.   

What you will discover during this five day workshop

Sunday, November 15th  –

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.

Monday November 16th –

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.

Tuesday November 17th

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.  

Wednesday November 18th

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).

Thursday November 19th 

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.

5 day pass workshops, breakfast, lunch and individual coaching  $795.00

Overnight – 4 nights (shared bath)  $520.00 at the Performance House at the Dog.

Performance House at The Dog (house on Red Dog Road) is a country estate just outside Nevada City, California, on three and a half park-like acres of lawn and pristine woodlands of pine, cedar and redwood trees.

The original farmhouse was built in the 1880s and rebuilt on its existing granite foundation in the 1980s with an addition that features an acoustically magnificent concert hall capable of holding one hundred people. The house is a private residence owned by Tom and Arlene Dalldorf and offered as a vacation rental musical bed & breakfast or corporate retreat. The 8,700-square foot home features six bedrooms, three full and two half-bathrooms, and a stunning concert hall used for meetings, rehearsals, recording, and performance.

Reservations due November 5, 2020

 $795.00   For 5 days of the workshop, breakfast, lunch and individual coaching 

$520.00    4 nights at the Dog Performance Space and country house space  

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 first 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



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.

Club OLLI Activity–Membership Required

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.

Club OLLI Activity–Membership Required

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