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The Portal: A Summer Writing + Healing Program For Women Creatives, June 18th - September 3rd, 2024
The Portal: A Summer Writing + Healing Program For Women Creatives, June 18th - September 3rd, 2024
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Dhs. 5,775.00

The Portal: A Summer Writing + Healing Program For Women Creatives, June 18th - September 3rd, 2024

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Summer 2024 Program Begins June 18th

Now Enrolling!

The program will meet from June 18 - September 3rd, 2024.

Main sessions: Tuesday nights, 7 - 9:15 PM EST

Bi-weekly Sunday noon EST “write-ins” are optional.

To keep us connected, a 24-hour “writer’s lounge” will be available online between meetings. One-on-one meetings will also be scheduled.

*This program is limited to 15 writers.

Any questions? Use the Chat Button (lower left) to talk with us.

Led by Sarah Herrington, a writer and teacher whose work has appeared in the New York Times Modern Love, Anxiety, Solver Stories and OpEd columns, the LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Tin House, Slice, Nylon, Los Angeles Review of Books, Interview, Poets & Writers, O, The Oprah Magazine, and other publications. She holds an MFA from New York University, where she was a Goldwater Fellow, an MFA from Lesley University, and teaches writing at Fordham. Her students have been published in the NYTimes, LATimes, won awards, and sold books to major presses like Dial and Simon and Schuster. In addition to teaching writing, she has taught yoga and meditation for fifteen years and will bring this lens to The Portal summer program.

The Portal features amazing guest teachers, writing workshops, community, & coaching.

The Portal is an annual summer space that exists JUST for writing, healing, and being in a powerful creative community with other women and female-identifying creatives.

This immersive program combines writing workshops (where you get and give feedback), guest teachers, one-on-one coaching, generative writing, and a magical online space to create a container for summer writing in between sessions.

Think summer camp for your inner muse.

Alongside writing, learning about craft, and getting feedback on your work, you’ll be invited to several workshops focusing on “healing” or sustaining ourselves as creative practitioners (think: meditation tools for writers, restorative yoga for writers, how to care for yourself as an artist and more.)

This course combines the rigor of writing with the care we must extend ourselves to keep going as writers.

WHAT: An immersive summer program to change, expand, or grow your relationship with your writing. The goal is to complete a significant chunk of a current writing project OR create a packet of new work by the end of our session and establish a personal writing practice. You’ll be exposed to new forms of writing and ways to play and build through words. Write from the inside out.

HOW: This program combines writing workshops, constant community via our online space, and two one-on-one coaching sessions with visits from award-winning master teachers in both creative writing and healing modalities to expand your toolbox.

WHO: You! The Portal is open to both experienced and brand new writers. The Portal is a MAGICAL SPACE where we get to commune with our inner muse, inject poetry/prose into our lives, and get real work done. This is an open-genre course, and typically, writers working on nonfiction, fiction, and poetry all attend. You can hop into the Portal whether you have no writing OR a book draft on your laptop.

 WHY: You do not have to figure it all out alone. Sustain yourself as a creative in community.

WHEN: June 18- September 3rd, main sessions: Tuesday nights, 7-9:15 PM EST (biweekly Sunday noon EST “write-ins” where we write in community are optional. A 24-hour “writer’s lounge” will be available online in between meetings to keep us connected. One-on-one meetings will be individually scheduled)



  • Weekly Tuesday night Zoom meeting, 7-9:15 PM EST (a writing workshop or guest teacher workshop)
  • Two one-on-one office hours on your work and creative process (basically coaching)
  • Biweekly Sunday noon EST “write ins” where we write together, generating work
  • Private Mighty Networks channel for community shares and conversation in between classes
  • An accountability partner, someone also in the course to partner up with and write together.
  • Publishing + pitching protocol advice
  • Award-winning authors and experienced healing artists as guest teachers and writing workshops led by Sarah Herrington
  • Closing reading and celebration of work
  • Room to explore new types of writing + healing modalities
  • AND the discipline to stay on track with your personal writing goal


By the end of the program you will

  • Have a completed portfolio as per your own goals (for example: a publishable-essay with a cover letter and plan for submission, an outline of your larger project, or two polished chapters.)
  • Have a deeper relationship to yourself and your own creativity
  • Have a new, supportive community of creatives
  • Know how to move a piece from spark to publication
  • Feel rebalanced in your self and your expression
  • Have new writing


Guest Teachers: (more to come)

Edgar Fabian Frias, Multidisciplinary Artist and Therapist, will teach on Mutant Magic, Feel and Expand Your Superpowers.

Dr. Sara Glass, Author of Kissing on Shabbat (Simon and Schuster), will teach on Writing from (and through Trauma).

Omotara James, Author of Song of My Softening (Alice James Books) will teach Poetry and Process
Holly Colino, teacher (restorative yoga for artists).



“I reconnected with the craft of writing and my inner artist, guided and supported by Sarah and a team of guests.” -Former Student

“The Portal got me writing again! And the healing component helped me learn to write without being so hard on myself. I left the program with a draft of a picture book, an essay and a new dedication to writing practice.” -Former Student

“Step through The Portal. Trust me—-it’s great here on the other side.” -Former Student


This class meets weekly via Zoom. Come prepared for an engaging course with live interaction on Zoom each week and plenty of writing, reading, and talking!

You can pay for the course in full or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Instructor: Sarah Herrington + Guest Instructors
  • Limited to 15 students
  • June 18th - September 3rd, 2024
  • Course is fully ONLINE.