Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET – next six-week group starts September 29th.
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 it 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 weekly writing salons 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 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 our next Open Writing Salon. All writers in our group must have attended at least one of these sessions prior to enrolling in a six-week salon. Once you register, you’ll receive more details about the free salon. After the salon, you’ll receive an invitation to sign up for our next six-week session of classes.
- Each salon meets for six weeks so that you will be able to enjoy the momentum and breakthroughs that come from staying with this practice consistently. You’ll also get to know the other writers’ styles and personalities (as they’ll get to know yours) so that you can begin to observe patterns, warn of pitfalls, and celebrate each others’ growth over the course of our time together.
- We meet once a week via Zoom for an hour and a half (sometimes longer if we need to).
- You will receive a new prompt at the beginning of each salon and then you will be given twenty minutes of time to write whatever pops up for you! It’s scary and exciting! Your muses will not let you down. They LOVE this $#!T.
- After the prompt is given, you simply turn off your video feed, mute yourself and write for 20 minutes. You’ll receive a gentle nudge about one or two minutes before it’s time to wrap up your writing and rejoin the group.
- When the 20-minute writing session is up you will have a chance to share your work with the group for feedback.
- NOTE: Each salon has only 8 seats available. This guarantees that everyone gets to share their work and get the feedback that you need. Writers currently enrolled in these groups have first right of renewal at the end of each six-week session. As seats become available we email our full mailing list and fill the open seats on a first-come, first-served basis.
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 be open to your ideas, feedback and questions.
- 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 six 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!
And OH YEAH… there’s more… just because I really want this to work for you.
Private Members-Only Facebook Group – We get a lot done in our writing time together – but sometimes we want to continue the conversation outside of the salons. Our Private Facebook Group gives you a place where you can:
- connect with the other writers in your writing group;
- ask your questions about writing;
- post edits or revisions to your work and ask for feedback;
- celebrate wins (like getting published…yes, many of our writers have actually published pieces they started in our writing salons!);
- seek advice on how/where to get published (or self-publish); and
- simply enjoy the company of people like you who love to write and tell stories!
P.S. – Sign up. 🙂