CATALYST: Writing in Community

CATALYST: /ˈkætəlɪst/ noun. A person or thing that causes a change.

AUGUST 5 - SEPTEMBER 16, 2018    |    ONLINE & WEEKLY VIDEO CONFERENCING

The premise of this group is that writing is a catalyst, a process and expression that effects change, both personal and social. Writing affirms life and our struggles. We use it to explore society, the world, our histories, and experiences. By writing in community, we develop trusting relationships and create a safe—and brave—space, which allows us to be vulnerable, and in turn, empowered. When we are empowered and equipped with our stories, told in our own words, from our own perspective, we transform ourselves and our communities.

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During this 6-week writing group, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Share your writing and offer supportive feedback and encouragement to others.

  • Respond to multiple writing prompts each week to generate a robust new collection of writing.

  • Contribute to a forum where you can discuss your writing process, ask questions, share inspirations and challenges, and post relevant articles.

  • Participate in a safe, supportive creative community of writers.

  • Join in on weekly video conferencing sessions for check-ins, live discussion, and sharing your work.

WHO IS THIS GROUP FOR?

This group is suitable for those looking for a generous and supportive environment to express themselves through writing and celebrate everyone’s creative efforts. This group is beneficial for poets, storytellers, journalers, singers and songwriters, and other performers who want to generate new material to use in their work.

GROUP FORMAT

In this group come together to write in a supportive and inspiring creative community. We write in response to a variety of prompts designed to get our words flowing and to tap into the well of voices, stories, and images we all have within us. Sharing your writing is always optional. If you choose to do so, your new writing will be treated as such--a new creative seed to be further developed. Group participants will respond to your new writing by remarking on what resonated with them or what stood out as being particularly strong or powerful.

From our interactions, we sustain a welcoming and inspiring community together. Through lively online discussions and responding to one another's queries and creativity we come to know one another and support one another as we find our voice, identity, and expression

PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES

To ensure an environment conducive for creative exploration and experimentation, participants are kindly asked to follow specific participation guidelines. Please review them to see if this group will suit your needs and expectations and please contact Liz with any questions. 


LOCATION

Online with a video conferencing session every Monday evenings at 6:30 pm PST.

During this session, we will check-in with each other, discuss our challenges and inspirations, and share our writing if moved to do so.


SCHEDULE & PARTICIPANTS

  • Online information and forums available August 5 - September 16.
  • Video conferencing meetings to be 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27, 9/4 (Tuesday due to holiday), and 9/10.
  • Space is limited to 10 participants.

Catalyst Payments

FEE

Fee is $225, $75 deposit to secure your spot. Balance of $150 due by 8/5.  Payments can be made using PayPal or sending a check via USPS. Please contact Liz appropriate email or for the mailing address at liz@abravespace.org.

 Deposits/payments can be made via PayPal (see PayPal button to the right).


Questions? Comments? Contact me!

If you have any questions or comments about the Catalyst writing group, please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear from you!  -Liz

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