Tawni Waters's debut novel, Beauty of the Broken (Simon & Schuster) won the prestigious International Literacy Association’s Award for Young Adult Literature, the Housatonic Book Award, was named an exceptional book of 2015 by the Children’s Book Council, was shortlisted for the Reading the West Book Award, and was included on the Kansas State Reading Circle List. It was adapted for the stage and performed by Sacramento’s Now Here This and is being adapted for the screen. Her second novel, The Long Ride Home (Sourcebooks Fire) was heralded one of the best New Adult books of the Fall 2017 season by Kirkus Books. She is the author of two poetry collections: Siren Song (Burlesque Press) and So Speak the Stars (Texture Press). Her work was anthologized in Best Travel Writing 2010, The Soul of a Great Traveler, and Monday Nights, and has been published in myriad journals and magazines. She teaches creative writing at various universities, retreats, and conferences throughout the U.S., Europe, and Mexico. More about Tawni and her work can be seen at tawniwaters.com
"A person's art is really her or his heart. I feel honored every time one of my students feels safe enough to share her or his true heart with me. I know I am being handed a sacred gift, and I don’t take that lightly. It’s such an honor to walk beside my students, supporting, cheering for, and guiding them as they explore and grow in their creative pursuits."
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Tawni's retreat: Writing to Reclaim Your Sacred Self