"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

Writing Workshops & Contact

Group Workshops

with Mary Carroll-Hackett


Writing (Extra)Ordinary Grace

August 10-12, 2018

at the fabulous Porches Writers Retreat

Poetry, for me, is one of the ways I pray. But cooking, sewing, gardening, walking my dogs, teaching–these too are all, for me, ways of praying. I learned to recognize and honor Grace in the Everyday from my mama, and this workshop would focus on writing into the Grace in those beautiful, too-often-unrecognized, ordinary moments filling all of our days. Prompts will explore observation & recognition of those personal moments of Grace, using imagery and sensory work to surround & articulate them, capturing the awe & emotional veracity, the role of specificity, subtext and surface narrative,as means to create universality, all in celebration of Ordinary Grace.

$275 for the weekend, includes full weekend’s workshop, tons of prompts and exercises to energize your writing in exciting new ways, take-home printed materials, supper Friday night, light breakfast food for Sat and Sun, and private room lodging.

Please be mindful that last minute cancellations result in empty rooms and lost opportunity for our gracious hostess, herself a writer making her creative and fiscal way through the world. Any cancellation twenty-one days or less before the workshop will require payment in full.

Contact me via email at carrollhackettma (at) gmail (dot) com 

Check out the beautiful Porches Writers Retreat HERE


Other Workshop Offerings

Writing through the Chakras

One Day or Weekend

An introductory workshop with tons of prompts and exercises, specifically aimed at deepening your writing by tapping into ancient chakra wisdom

Contact me if you’d like me to hold a workshop where you are! 

FOR YOU: Creativity is the heart of our living wholeness, a birthright of all human beings, and absolutely necessary in any movement toward healing and joy. Chakra awareness teaches us to move into the knowing of our Creative Bodies and Hearts.

FOR YOUR WRITING/ART: Understanding Chakra wisdom can deepen characterization, motivation and revelation, heighten and texture voice, enrich subtext and nuance, and layer infinitely more collective meaning into any work of Art. Join us as we explore this Body and Spirit based approach that will open you to a new and exciting energized way of approaching your writing, and your life!

These workshops are designed for writers across genres–poetry, fiction, and nonfiction!

And I Cook for You!

Join us for Tons of Prompts and Exercises to Get That Creativity Flowing!

Let’s get together and make your beautiful work even better!


Other Content Also Available:

Writing the Spiritual Life

Writing the Body

Writing Grief and Loss

Writing to Reconnect With the Earth

Writing Prayer

Writing/Rewriting the Past


Contact Info

If you’re interested in more Workshops and Seminars,

visit my workhop website: https://poetryattheporches.wordpress.com/

Or contact me directly at


You can also follow me on Twitter! @mamabearwrites

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