Dara Lurie has a B.A. in Film and Theater from Vassar College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College. Dara is an author, workshop leader and book-coach with over fourteen years experience designing and facilitating creative writing programs. In addition to teaching workshops and online programs, Dara also leads writing retreats in various locations such as Key West and Costa Rica. In the mid-1980’s, Dara moved to Berlin, West Germany, where she tended bar, wrote and performed in theater while living in different communities of squatters, Green Party activists, journalists, teachers and social workers. Her first book, Great Space of Desire: Writing for Personal Evolution, is a memoir and creative workbook which she self-published in 2011. She’s currently working on a new book exploring stories from her years living in Berlin before, during and after the Wall.