Wild Writing Circles
My new adventure
My new adventure is creating a space where you can connect to yourself.
A year ago I joined a small writing group and it’s been a lifeline for me. Through this consistent practice of free writing, I’ve started to feel more connected with myself and more able to tap into my inner knowing, amidst the formidable noise.
In January I embarked on a teacher training program in Wild Writing with Laurie Wagner. Wild Writing is a writing technique that helps us to tell our stories with ease and grace. It’s the most simple, most deep writing practice I’ve encountered and I wanted to study it and bring it to my community. One component of this five month journey is to get my feet wet by facilitating a writing group — that’s what I’m excited to offer you now!
For this first go, I’m offering a weekly 1.5 hour writing circle over 4 weeks. During each meeting I will share poems and suggest prompts as jumping off points for us to write from together for 7 – 15 minutes. We’ll have 3 writing periods and after each we’ll read our writing aloud and listen while each person reads. We won’t comment on or critique each other’s writing but will simply listen, witness and honor each person’s voice.
The purpose of this writing circle is to allow room for freestyle, unedited expression. (You won’t be writing an essay or beginning your novel!) Instead, I’ll encourage us to write quickly, to keep the pen moving and in doing so, allow less opportunity for the voice of the critic to arise. I’ll remind us to write as poorly as possible, to relax our bellies, to put our concern about writing well and looking good aside. This practice is about writing what’s true. This style of writing leans towards the intimate and when we’re lucky, the content of our heart ends up on the page.
There’s an intelligence inside each of us that often gets blocked. I’ve found this wild writing gives me the time and space to listen to what’s going on inside.
One thing I’ve tried to say to groups over the years … is that writing things down — whatever you’re writing down, even if you’re writing something sad or hard — usually, you feel better after you do it. Somehow you’re given a sense of, OK, this mood, this sorrow I’m feeling, this trouble I’m in — I’ve given it shape. It’s got a shape on the page now. So I can stand back; I can look at it. I can think about it a little differently — what do I do now?
And very rarely do you hear anyone say they write things down and feel worse… they agree that it helped them see their experience, see what they were living. And that’s definitely a gift of writing …. It’s an act that helps you, preserves you, energizes you in the very doing of it.
Naomi Shihab Nye in conversation with Krista Tippett
If you’re intrigued, schedule a time during which we can talk more, I can answer your questions and we can see if it’s a good fit. If this interests you I encourage you to reach out soon because space is limited.
Dates: April 22, 29, May 6 & 13
Time: 10:00am – 11:30 PST
Fee: $40 for for 4 sessions
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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings