Workshops, Classes & Groups

A variety of online and face-to-face workshops are offered throughout the year, from informal writing groups, to groups writing about a specific theme, to smaller, more detailed manuscript development sessions. Themes and approaches change every few months, so check back here often! 

 

Cultivating Our Voices: Writing Life Stories for Change

September 5 - October 16, 2018

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When we discover, explore, and (re) connect with our voices—that perspective, knowledge, and expression that is uniquely ours—our life stories become intimate and emotionally powerful. We begin to offer a glimpse of what it’s like to live the complex constellation of privileges and disadvantages, joys and heartbreaks that are exclusive to each of us. Embarking on this type of self-reflective inquiry not only has the potential for healing and developing a greater understanding of one’s self and experience, it also holds the potential to open the hearts and consciousness of others, becoming narrative catalysts for change. Throughout this 6-week course, we will explore our various life experiences as a springboard for generating life stories that reflect our distinctive voices. By the end of the course, you will have a body of new writing, a clearer understanding of your writer voice, and an enhanced ability to connect with your audience. This course is also beneficial for non-writers, such as storytellers and other performers, who want to generate new material to use in their work. 

Week by Week

Week 1: (Re) Connecting with Our Voices

This week we will explore the concept of voice and begin (re) connecting with and understanding our own.

Week 2: Naming Our Uniqueness

This week we will reflect on our various identities, as well as notions of belonging and difference.

Week 3: Memory, Imagination & Truth-Telling

This week we will consider the co-mingling of memories and imagination in our writing and what it means to tell the Truth in story.

Week 4: Stories of Home & Family

This week we will write stories of home and family, diving into our formative narratives.

Week 5: Stories of Places and Locations

This week we will contemplate how our voices are shaped by the places we come from and how the intersection of place and identity informs our language and stories.

Week 6: Stories of the Past Illuminating the Present

This week we will explore how stories of our past can illuminate the present as a basis for connecting with the reader/audience, building empathy and understanding.

Who Should Take This Class?

This class is ideal for a wide variety of people, including poets and writers of all genres, storytellers, healing arts professionals, teachers, songwriters, and anyone interested in reflecting on, writing about, and sharing their personal experiences as a way to make connection, build community, and foster understanding of self and others.

Format

This is an online class. Each week, you will receive a new collection of resources, reflections, discussion questions, and writing prompts. Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours per week perusing resources and readings, participating in discussions, and engaging the writing prompts. From our interactions, we sustain a welcoming and inspiring community together.

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Register through the Transformative Language Arts Network

Members – $210.00, $35 per week

Non-Members – $240.00, $40 per week


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CATALYST: A Monthly Multi-Genre Writing Group

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

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 make change.

WHO IS THIS GROUP FOR?

This writing group is appropriate for anyone

  • who wants to express themselves in writing of any genre
  • who wants to begin or reinvigorate a writing practice, either with a particular goal in mind or for personal self-reflection
  • who is interested in blogging, writing poetry, essays, journalistic pieces, short fiction, or journalling
  • who wants to receive feedback on their writing and support others with their feedback 
  • who has a specific writing project in mind looking for a supportive community

Locations is online. Sessions begin on the 1st of every month and end on the last day of the month. Sliding scale, $15-$60. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Catalyst will be back in August 2018!


Writing as a Sacred Path, March 4 - April 15, 2018

This guided discussion group will work with the book Writing as a Sacred Path: A Practical Guide to Writing with Passion and Purpose by Jill Jepson. Each week participants will read from the text and complete one or more writing prompts. I will distill the main ideas in the readings and offer some thoughts and reflections. There will be a facilitated discussion space to discuss and reflect on the ideas in the book as well as a space to share writings inspired by the prompts. Sliding scale, $40-$150, limited to 8 participants.

SCHEDULE

Week 1: The Call & The Sacred Gift

Week 2: The Mystic Journey

Week 3: The Monastic Path

Week 4: The Way of the Shaman

Week 5: The Warrior Road

Week 6: Walking the Sacred Path

WHO IS THIS GROUP FOR?

This group is appropriate for anyone

  • who is interested in exploring writing as a spiritual practice
  • who is looking for a supportive community of writers to share their writing and reflections
  • who wants to develop a consistent writing practice focused on self-reflection, personal growth, and healing
  • who has any level of experience with writing, from professionals to beginners

 


"The moment of change is the only poem" --Adrienne Rich

"The moment of change is the only poem" --Adrienne Rich

Writing Our Lives: The Poetic Self & Transformation

October 18-December 5, 2017  ONLINE

Poetry offers a unique opportunity to deepen and broaden our sense of self, of others, and our place in the world. It provides a unique way for us to explore the raw material of our lives—the taboo, the unspoken, and the painful and beautiful truths of our existence. In this class, we will explore reading poetry as transformative engagement and writing poetry as transformative practice. This class will focus on three main areas: explore our own responses to reading of a variety of contemporary poets’ writings on themes such as childhood, grief and death, adolescence, and love and intimacy; elements of the craft, including diction, metaphor, voice, style, imagery; and generating a new body of work.

Week by Week

NOTE: We will be taking Thanksgiving week off and finishing the final, sixth week the week after.

Week 1: Reading and writing poetry as transformative processes.

Week 2: The image/writing and knowing.

Week 3: Simile and metaphor/writing about family.

Week 4: Line breaks/writing about death and grief.

Week 5: Voice and style/writing about love and the erotic.

Week 6: Revising and polishing your poems.

Who Should Take This Class

This class is appropriate for those with any amount of experience writing poetry, from those who are interested in learning more and might be a bit nervous about it, to writers with years of experience who want to generate new work and brush up on elements of craft and be exposed to new contemporary writers.

Format

This is an online class. Each week, a new week will open full of resources, reflections, discussion questions, and writing prompts. Students should expect to spend 3-5 hours per week perusing resources and readings, answering a discussion question, engaging in several writing prompts, and responding to peers’ work. From our interactions, we sustain a welcoming and inspiring community together.

Register through the Transformative Language Arts Network

Members – $210.00, $35 per week

Members - POW17 Discount – $189.00

Non-Members – $240.00, $40 per week

Non-Members - POW17 Discount – $216.00


Written Resistance: Writing Your Personal Stories to Resist Injustice

A self-directed ONLINE version coming soon! 

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The ability to tell your own story, in words or images, is already a victory, already a revolt.
— Rebecca Solnit

Blog   /   Essay   /   Poetry   /   Editorial   /   Letters   /   Journal   /   Review

In this 4-week workshop, you will learn strategies for selecting the stories you want to tell, expressing those stories in the genre/format of your choosing, determining your audience, editing, revising, and strengthening your stories, and ways to get your story our into the world as a stand against injustice.

Share your story   /   Raise your voice   /   Be the change


Poetry Workshop: Explore, Expand & Encourage Your Writing Practice

Available ONLINE! 

September 20-October 17, 2017

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Poetry can open locked chambers of possibility, restore numbed zones to feeling, recharge desire.
— Adrienne Rich

In this 4-week online workshop you will find an encouraging environment in which you can experiment with new forms, play with language and imagery, generate new material, and invigorate your writing process. You will be inspired by readings and discussions of craft, the poems of other workshop participants, and a variety of generative writing prompts to get you started. As an online community, we will respond to each other’s work, offering feedback on what works and areas that could be strengthened with the goal of expanding your writing practice and writing community.