Tell Your Story.

October 24, 2018

It's time to switch things up a bit. Here's a little bit about me that you probably didn't know. Writing is my first love. Yoga is delicious, yes, but my first therapist, my first real friend, my first ambition and my first love of solitude began when I started writing down every seemingly relevant thought and emotion into a paper journal. I was about eleven years old at the time, but unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) I lost many of those old journals. The journals I still have come to a pretty hefty loaf...about a hundred pounds. All those thoughts are still there waiting to be re-thought and re-thunk into newer and brighter thinks. 

 

I love writing. I have an English degree, I am half way through an MFA in Creative Writing. Blah blah blah. I'm not really into credentials. What really matters is whether or not you are writing. That's what makes you a writer. 

 

I've been to a few writer's classes, workshops and conferences. They're all interesting. However, I've honed in on one workshop that seems to be inspiring and effective at drawing out our inner wordsmith. It's so simple, it's profound. The Amherst Method was started by a woman named Pat Schneider who believed that everyone was a writer and set about to prove it. She began  teaching workshops in the projects, and in prisons to reach the voices not traditionally heard in our mainstream literature or media. Her method was to offer prompts, allow time for writing, then participants read out loud and received immediate feedback. Feedback is always and only positive. We do not critique. This way the author is naturally guided towards the gifts and strengths of their writing and encouraged to move forward in that direction.

 

Due to the intimate nature of the material being shared, groups are small and once started, closed for the duration of the series of classes. By sharing stories, we learn to bear our truth with courage. We allow ourselves to be seen and heard. We grow confident in our strengths while building trust amongst our peers. 

 

 I'm looking for a few writers to join me on Tuesday or Friday afternoons from 12 - 2ish for three weeks starting in November. Please email me if you're interested and let me know what works for your schedule. We will meet at the studio where tables and chairs can be set up in the bright, open space. The cost for 3  weeks is $60. 

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