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Dr. Laurie Mintz 9-29-17

Join us for a special dinner event with New York Times Best-selling author Laura Munson.

Date TBD, 2020 in Walnut Creek

Willa's Grove

Four Women.  One Week. One Question.

“Willa's Grove is an affirmation of creativity, sisterhood, and the power of belonging. Don't tell anyone, but I think Laura Munson might have just made me a better person.”
—Chelsea Cain, NY Times Best-selling author of Heartsick and others.

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You are invited to the rest of your life.

Three women, from coast to coast and in between, open their mailboxes to the same intriguing invitation. Although leading entirely different lives, each has found herself at a similar, jarring crossroads. Right when these women thought they’d be comfortably settling into middle age, their carefully curated futures have turned out to be dead ends.

The sender of the invitation is Willa Silvester, who is reeling from the untimely death of her beloved husband and the reality that she must say goodbye to the small mountain town they founded together. Yet as Willa mourns her losses, an impossible question keeps staring her in the face: So now what?

Struggling to find the answer alone, fiercely independent Willa eventually calls a childhood friend who happens to be in her own world of hurt—and that’s where the idea sparks. They decide to host a weeklong interlude from life, and invite two other friends facing their own quandaries. Soon the four women converge at Willa’s Montana homestead, a place where they can learn from nature and one another as they contemplate their second acts together in the rugged wilderness of big sky country.


Laura Munson is the bestselling author of This Is Not The Story You Think It Is, which chronicles her journey through her own midlife crossroads. Drawing from the striking response to her memoir, the essay version of it in the New York Times ''Modern Love'' column, and her speaking events at women's conferences across the US, Laura founded the acclaimed Haven Writing Retreats and Workshops. After watching hundreds of people find their unique and essential voices under the big sky of Montana she calls home, Laura created Willa, the invitation, the friends, and the town to share what she has learned with people globally. Her work has been published and featured in many media outlets throughout the world.

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Event Schedule

6:00 - 6:30 pm

Arrival and Book Signing


6:30 - 7:30 pm  

Delicious Organic Dinner


7:30 - 8:30 pm    

Interactive Presentation and Q & A with Laura Munson

Praise for Willa's Grove:

'Reading Willa's Grove is like going to a girls' weekend where everyone spills their guts and tells the truth about their apparently not-so-perfect lives. It's truthful, raw, and, well, totally fun.''

 – Cathy Lamb, author of All about Evie

Women have always searched for community during life's critical crossroads, but it's the rare novel that nails the tone and tempo of what it feels like to embed with kindred spirits and share stories, joys, and fears from the heart. Every reader will relate to this beautiful story in powerful and personal ways. I cherished my time with Willa's Grove, sitting in this circle of women who, by the end, felt like best friends.''
 – Lee Woodruff, #1 New York Times bestselling author


$100 per person.  Space limited to 35 women.  Reserve now! 

Email to make your reservation!

This event is being held at a private home in Walnut Creek.

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