Back in summer of 2015 I attended the first Calliope Writer’s Workshop for fiction and nonfiction authors. It was the initial effort from non-profit organization Taliesin Nexus to branch out from its focus of supporting liberty-minded filmmakers — an Apollo Workshop for filmmakers provided the model —  to begin doing the same for writers. It was a tremendously enlightening and helpful event for me and I recommend it for all other aspiring liberty-centered creatives.

Last year the workshop took place in New York City, this year it took place again in Los Angeles. Here are some recently shared photos from the opening night of the event where Michael Walsh gave the keynote address:

Above: Adam Bellow, Liberty Island’s CEO & Editorial Director, listens as I describe my own current novel project.

Below: David Bernstein, LI’s publisher and COO, and I listen to the wit and wisdom of the great Robert Bidinotto, author of the wildly successful self-published Dylan Hunter Justice thriller series.

Taliesin Nexus offers a number of other programs you should be sure and check out too. The Cinder Writers groups, one of which I lead, is one example and the Odysseus Fellowship is another. Also see SmashCut Culture, the blog featuring contributions from program alumni.