The Holy Bone Book: A 13-Week Writing Intensive

  • For heathen children, bone-women, and wild kings.

    May we write the words that want to be written.

    Completely Online. Begins February 2023.

    Even now, there is a strange story we are here to tell, a tale so potent it will refuse to die on our tongues when our time comes, crawling from our deathbeds and haunting the halls of the timid poets and shy sorceresses who fear showing their work to the world. When we write our heathen verses, our books of bone and blood, we name what wisdom we have gathered as holy. When we mark our memories in writing, we see our stories as something far more magickal than a muddled patchwork of memories, wounds, and wants. Suddenly, we see our childhood friend in the face of the fool or hear our beloved grandmother in the voice of the wandering hag. Every scar wants a story. To tell your story is to ask to be met in your bone-hut, to name the mundane as magick and the profane as poetry.

    This is a 13-week intensive journey of deep communion with the word that wants to be written. Participants will create, plan, and write their own “holy bone book,” gathered wisdoms, peculiar poetry, and ceremonial invitations to their readers. The non-fiction book might be part grimoire, part memoir, and part bible. Every participant’s book will be unique, tailored to the lived story and specific medicine each writer has to offer. Danielle will guide participants through the mapping of a non-fiction book, meet with participants individually to tailor the “writer’s toolbox” to their needs, and offer support in writing and querying a non-fiction book proposal if so desired.

    Program Structure

    In the months leading up to the program’s beginning, participants will begin slow-brewing their book, working on introductory writing exercises and gathering bones. Beginning on February 11th, 2023, participants will dive deeper, create their book’s map, and begin dedicating two or more hours each week to writing. Beginning in February, we will focus on a single stage in the journey each week, with Danielle offering a writing ritual, general writing tips and guiding prompts, and an opportunity to share one’s writing with the group (this is optional and will take place off-Facebook in our virtual community).

    This offering includes 2 90-minute community meetings, 2 60-minute one-on-one sessions with Danielle, and a two-day online immersion where participants will be invited (but not pressured) to share parts of their book, engage in storytelling ceremony, and reflect on the work as a whole.

    The community meetings and online immersion will be recorded for those who cannot attend live. Everything in this program is an invitation.

    Live (Virtual) Community Gatherings:
    The Quickening Moon Meeting: February 11th, 2023, 11am-12:30pm ET
    The Storm Moon Immersion: Saturday April 22nd and Sunday April 23rd, 10am-12pm ET, 1pm-3pm ET both days
    The Beltane Moon Meeting: May 5th, 2023, 1pm-2:30pm ET

    Registration 

    There are 15 spots available for this offering and registration will close once they have all filled. When registration opens, please email [email protected] with your answer to the following question:

    Why do you feel called to this offering?

    If you’d like to send a short writing sample, you may, but it is not necessary. If you send writing, please paste it in the body of the email and do not include any attachments. If you do not hear back from Danielle in 3 days, please send a follow up email (especially if Mercury is in retrograde).

    Tuition Options

    1 payment of 2200 (save 250)

    OR

    1 deposit of 450 then five monthly payments of 400 (October 2022-February 2023)

    Upon registration, you will be added to the program’s platform where you have immediate access to introductory work and these 9 writing workshops (pre-recorded):

    ~ Tongue of the Heathen Poet: A Personal Mythwork, Non-Traditional Business Writing, and Dreamspeak Workshop for Visionaries, Word-Witches, and Storytellers (3 Hours)

    ~ Our Heathen House of Becoming: Word-Witchery, Envisioning, and Personal Mythwork (3 Hours)

    ~ Mythic Writing with Macha and Maeve: Co-Creating with the Archetypes of Embodied Sovereignty, Sacred Appetite, Divine Rage, and Heathen Belonging (3 Hours)

    ~ Heathen Yule: A One-Day Writing Workshop in the Bone-Hut (3.5 Hours)

    ~ Wolf Moon Rites: A One-Day Writing Workshop (3.5 Hours)

    ~ The Selkie’s Homecoming: A One-Day Writing Intensive (3.5 Hours)

    ~ Honey-Tongue of the Bone Hag: The Lost Art of Ceremonial Storytelling (7 Hours)

    ~ The Oracle of Ghosts: Divination in Darkness for Witches and Dreamers (6.5 Hours)

    ~ The Oracle of Bones: Initiation and Divination in Wild Times (5 Hours)

    Please note that all fees are non-refundable. You may read our complete policies here.

    There is limited financial assistance available for this offering. If you feel very called to join but cannot afford the full tuition, we have three partial scholarships available. Please note this request when you apply.

    FAQs

    I love writing but have never written a thing for public consumption. Is this okay?

    Yes. There is no required “proficiency” level for this offering.

    Can you help me get published?

    This program is not a promise to get published, but, yes, Danielle will share what she knows about the world of publishing, proposals, and query letters. This can be at the heart of the sessions if so desired.

    I’ve already started writing a book. Can I continue my existing project through this program?

    Likely, yes. Tell us a little about your book when you apply so we can make sure it’s a good fit.

    My life is bananas. If I am unable to write consistently, will I get booted from the program?

    No, no booting. It is best to make room for 2-hours each week for the work, though.

    I have absolutely no desire to get published or have anyone read anything I write. Is this program for me?

    Yes, this is totally fine. We usually have quite a few participants who are in this boat.

    Can I give this as a gift?

    Maybe. Please email us to discuss this briefly and make sure it’s a good fit.

    My question isn’t here. How do I ask it?

    Email [email protected]

     

  • Testimonials

    “Danielle’s memoir writing offering is a sacred gift for wild creatures with a story to tell. Danielle holds a safe, succulent container for untamed witches to find their voices, mine their truths, and write the long kept stories of their wild souls by way of guided visualization, spirit pathworking prompts, and communal witnessing. Memoir writing in this way is delicious, deep, and satisfying work held by Danielle’s exceptional witchy word magic and expertise.” ~ Heather D.
    “I haven’t yet found my voice and I am not a writer…. at least that’s what I used to believe. Those were skills belonging to other gifted souls, not ones I yet possessed….or so I thought. Working with Danielle (who I believe is the greatest word witch of my time) and her methodology, I was able to find my voice, bring words to paper and tap into ideas/energies that begged to be shared. Writing for manifestation, gratitude, spellwork and creativity were brought forth from deep within and almost unrecognizable as my own. Her trust, guidance, generosity and acceptance (of you where you are on your journey), made this apprenticeship a bright light in a dark winter, and one my shadow crone will revisit often.”  – Amy A.

    “I highly recommend any and all of Danielle Dulsky’s writing programs. She is a highly skilled, dedicated and magickal teacher. Her genius process draws out the richest depths of one’s memories, archetypal life patterns, and wild soul, to then be poured and shaped into a book. There is no other writing program like it.

    If you have a book burning in your heart seeking to be writ and a commitment to do so for your revolution, future generations, for yourself, investing in this work will not only move you towards actualizing that desire, it will transform you in remarkable ways you could never have imagined.”-Kathleen P.

    “Danielle’s writing mentorship has been such a gentle and supportive push in the right direction. Her writing prompts and invitations to ritual have helped me to see/feel writing as a process of bringing in Spirit/Inspiration from the beyond and from deep inside myself. They have pushed me deeper and helped be more honest in my writing. The meetings with her are always fun and her incites always surprise and delight me. She meets me right where I am and I so appreciate that. I am excited about my future writing journey and her support and enthusiasm are a big part of that! Also, now I feel writing is part of my own creative ritual, and that feels holy. I strongly recommend her mentorship!”  – Ruchi J.
    “Having Danielle as a mentor for the writing apprenticeship has been unparalleled to any other creative experience. Her guidance in the ritual and craft of writing has helped to hone in my voice, give inspiration for discipline rather than an ordinary day to day routine and allowed an authenticity to spark. Danielle has a gift as a teacher and the way she so humbly offers herself as a guide on this path.”  – Megan L.
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