For a while now, I’ve been dreaming up this project, and praying for God to send the right girls along. You see, storytelling is my passion. It’s not necessarily writing, and it’s not really photography. It’s people. It’s using your words, your camera, your paint, your blog—anything really—to capture snapshots of the hundreds and hundreds of lives that intertwine yours and make up this dizzyingly concrete world we live in.
What I’m offering is simple. Three days in the most beautiful place on earth (aka my hometown) with other likeminded young women, learning how to define your voice as a storyteller and use your gifts (writing, photography, etc.) to make tangible portraits of the world around you.
We’ll live together. We’ll explore. We’ll write. We’ll take out our cameras. We’ll eat good food and laugh a lot and hopefully have a few good sing-a-long moments. We’ll dig into our Bibles and pray and explore who this God is that makes us all so different and yet expects us all to give so much. My prayer is that these will be three overflowing-cup kind of days. The kind you write about in your journal. The ones you tape photos from on your wall. The moments you look back on when you remember a time when you were inspired to really create. I want the relationships made and the lessons learned during these three days to last you the rest of your life.
This isn’t a writing workshop. But I will teach you to use your words. It’s not a photography workshop either, although you will be expected to break out your camera.
The Dream Factory Workshop is about opening up your eyes. See the world around you. Notice that it really is grander and more wonderful than anything produced or made in factories. It’s real. It’s beautiful. Write this down. Capture this moment.
Please join me. Be my friends. See my world and let me in yours.
Let’s create some beautiful things together.
DATES: October 3-5, 2014 (Guests can arrive a day early + leave a day late if necessary)
WHERE: My home, in central Virginia
FOR: Creative young women, ages 15-25 (writers, photographers, + girls who just want to develop their creative talents)
COST: Three full days – $400 (Price includes lodging, three meals a day, activities + other fun stuff—you are responsible for your own travel expenses and souvenirs)
YOU NEED: A brain. A laptop. A notebook. A camera (doesn’t have to be an SLR).
To sign up, send me a brief email at rachelcokerwrites(at)hotmail(dot)com to receive an application. And please don’t apply unless you know that you are physically and financially able to make it that weekend. I wouldn’t want to turn someone else down only to have you bow out because of finances or inability to get here. Thanks!
SPACE IS LIMITED TO FOUR GIRLS SO SIGN UP SOON TO RESERVE A SPOT.