Cheryl Strayed

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Nurturing Your Artistic Life (While Keeping the Almighty List)

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View the archive of this two-hour class from New York Times best-selling author Cheryl Strayed, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about how to honor your desire to create and see your projects through – even when life’s demands make doing so feel impossible.

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  • 120 minutes

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View the archive of my two-hour class and discover the Five Things I’ve Learned about how to honor your desire to create and see your projects through – even when life’s demands make doing so feel impossible.

Hi, I’m Cheryl Strayed. I’m the author of four books–the memoir Wild, the novel Torch, the essay collection of my Dear Sugar columns, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Brave Enough, a collection of my quotes. I also write for film and television and have published essays and short stories in many magazines and newspapers.  

I’ve been a working writer for more than three decades, and I’ve been a mother for two of them. Like most artists, I struggled to keep all the balls in the air—whether it be trying to protect my writing time against the need to earn money to pay the bills, to parent my children, or to keep track of the endless List. 

The List is something many of you are no doubt familiar with—it’s a kind of running tally of all the doctor’s appointments, dog walks, school drop offs, domestic chores, home projects and the many tasks that have to get done for our family to function. My life is an endless dance between creative projects, earning money, and being so very much aware of The List that I honestly believe that I Am The List—a phrase I first uttered publicly on the Dear Sugars podcast which I co-hosted with my dear friend, Steve Almond. 

I’m so excited that Steve and I are joining forces again for this candid conversation and deep examination of the many challenges writers face in the attempt to balance the demands of a creative life with life. With List life. On the Dear Sugars podcast, Steve and I focused on the folks who wrote us letters, seeking advice for their most intimate dilemmas. This conversation will focus on our own experiences. We’ll share how we’ve balanced our creative work with the roles we play as partners and parents. We’ll talk about the experiences we have in common and also the experiences we don’t, since quite often there are very different expectations put on men versus women when it comes to reckoning with the List. We’ll talk about how to create boundaries for your writing, whether those boundaries be with families, partners, friends, or all of the above. And we’ll also discuss how to be gentle with yourself, while also maintaining a serious writing practice.  

If you’ve ever listened to the Dear Sugars podcast or read the Dear Sugar column, you know that Steve and I don’t operate like standard advice-givers. We’re not here to dispense bromides. We’re storytellers who want to share our own struggles and insights as a way of helping others navigate their own. My intention is that this conversation will offer you some new ways to think about how to honor your desire to write and see your projects through, even when your demanding life makes it feel impossible. I also hope it will inspire and re-energize you in your commitment to nurturing your creative life. 

If that sounds like your kind of thing, please put in on your List. 

-Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, which was made into an Oscar-nominated film and documents her solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail and the transformative experiences she encountered during her journey.

Cheryl has authored other notable works, including Tiny Beautiful Things, a collection of advice columns offering compassionate insights to readers facing life's challenges. These have inspired an adaptations as a television show on Hulu as well as a widely staged play. Her critically acclaimed novel, Torch, and the bestselling collection Brave Enough, bring together more than one hundred of her inspiring quotes. Her books have resonated with readers worldwide, selling over five million copies and being translated into forty languages.

Her impact extends beyond the written word. Cheryl’s award-winning essays and short stories have been featured in respected publications such as The Best American Essays, the New York Times, the Washington Post Magazine, and Vogue. She has also made a mark in the podcasting realm, co-hosting the popular podcast Dear Sugars with Steve Almond and hosting the podcast Sugar Calling. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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