If you can't, so what? Take it from a seasoned editor and writer, these days knowing your past and present participles won't even buy you a latte at Starbucks. But putting pen to paper can open the floodgates of your soul more inexpensively and quickly than seeing a high-priced shrink. If you're interested in becoming a writer or just want to do some soul-searching, check out what Literary Coach Kelly Thacher has to say about your relationship to the writing process at her Intuitive Writing Workshop. With two-plus decades of editorial and writing experience under her belt, Thacher isn't the school-marm type who will peer down from her glasses and sniff at your misplaced modifiers. She's devised some clever verbal prompts that will have your pen flying off the page and make you feel like embracing words rather than fearing them. Mystic Journey Bookstore, 1319 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; Mon,. Aug. 23, 10-11:30 a.m.; $30. (310) 399-7070, mysticjourneybookstore.com.
Mon., Aug. 23, 10 a.m., 2010