Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. ET – next 12-week private writing group starts Summer 2022.
What if writing could be fun and socially engaging?
Sounds weird, doesn’t it?
It runs completely counter to the identity of what being a writer is really all about.
If you’re a real writer, you’re supposed to…
…sit in grumpy isolation with your airpods in at Starbucks, staring at all the happy people having coffee with their friends, while you write imaginary stories about characters with more fulfilling lives than yours.
…stare at a blank screen agonizing over all your bad life choices until your hunger gets the best of you and you shut your laptop down, grab a sleeve of Oreos and lose yourself in Shondaland until you nod off on the couch. You tell yourself, “I’ll try again tomorrow.” But Shondaland is always calling.
…write 1,000 words a day in an orderly fashion, gradually building towards a finished masterpiece only to release it to an editor who “doesn’t get” what you’ve been working on for the last five years of your life!
…be living some sort of tortured, monastic, dissheveled life on the fringes of society.
If you’re a real writer there’s only one thing you should be doing and that’s…
All that other stuff has a powerful way of stopping you in your tracks and shutting you down.
It sucks the joy out of something you fell in love with as a young creator.
It wrestles writing into being something it can’t always be – serious adult stuff with a freaking end-game or mission. A business. A money-making venture. Your ticket to discovery!
Pretty soon, after a long day of real life, there’s no contest between sitting alone at your laptop or snuggling up with your partner, your dog, or your kids to zone out with Bridgerton.
And who could blame you?
Writing alone is exhausting.
There are times when your writing will require you to work alone, sure. I’m not going to pretend it won’t. I spend a minimum of five hours writing alone each week.
But you don’t have to go it alone all the time!
It doesn’t always have to be serious, isolating, lonely or hard! That’s why our private writing groups exist. To give you a space where you can explore, evolve and enjoy writing once more!
Here’s why we meet:
- to create, first and foremost! Having a weekly appointment with other creative people will keep your creative juices flowing – even on those weeks when life is lifing too hard!
- to play and reconnect to that opposite energy of writing – the not-so-hard side that doesn’t get stomped out by your drive to get things perfect! (There’s no time for perfection in a 20-minute writing session)! It’s time to have fun writing again!
- to write differently. Huh? What does that even mean? It means that we all have our ruts. Our style. Our standard tricks. The same old reservoir of words, points of view, and genres we gravitate to. When you receive a creative prompt completely unrehearsed or unimagined by yourself—you might pull out all of your old tricks and instincts only to discover that they’re not working for you! And that’s the point! You’ll step beyond your comfort zone to discover approaches that will breath new life into your work beyond the salons.
- to create accountability for our own writing goals
- to connect with other writers in a collaborative learning space designed to support you when you things get tough.
- to infuse a little joy and community into your writing practice so that you actually want to write again.
Here’s how it works:
- Register and attend any of our Open Writing Salons.
- Writers who have attended an open writing salon will receive an email invitation to join our twelve-week private writing group.
- Each private writing group meets for twelve weeks, and includes:
- coaching support to help you set goals for our time together (and beyond);
- eight creative writing group sessions to spur your creativity and get instant feedback from the group;
- two group Q&A calls to get coaching and feedback about the obstacles and opportunities coming up for you on your writing journey;
- weekly encouragement and personal check-ins via email and private facebook group;
- interaction with other writers between sessions in our private facebook group to ask questions, share resources, and get feedback on your work;
- two weeks devoted to re-writing, editing, and finishing a piece (or pieces) you’ve started; and
- our final graduation ceremony where you will share a finished piece with the group.
- NOTE: Each salon has only 8 seats available. This guarantees that everyone gets to share their work and get the feedback that you need.
My commitment to you:
- I will create a fun and engaging community space that will anchor you and inspire you to write!
- I will touch base with you each week via email to make sure you save time in your calendar to prioritize writing with your new friends.
- I will start each class on time, and we will be writing within the first 10 to 12 minutes of each session (we always start with a little conversational warmup before we write).
- I will TRY to be more powerful than the Internet gods, but if for some reason, the Internet should fail – we will rebook any sessions or conduct them via email if all else fails.
Your commitment to yourself and the group:
- you will do your absolute best to attend all sessions of the salon. One absence is understandable, maybe even two, but the group begins to suffer if too many people are absent too often. YOU are what makes this work!
- you will show up on time and stay for the full session even if/when we happen to run over a little (unless your kid is literally on fire or a tornado is blowing through).
- you will frame your feedback in positive terms to inspire each other’s growth.
- you will respect the privacy of everyone in the group by not sharing each others’ work or discussing it outside of the group without permission.
- you will show up to each session in your favorite sweats or leggings with your favorite beverage and your favorite pen – ready to write, listen, and grow! 🙂
What are you waiting for???
I can’t wait to hear your stories as you reconnect with the joy of writing!