Life is so complicated. Around ‘the stuff’ of every day, we may find it tough to slow our pace for even five minutes. Breathe is a thoughtful writing series dedicated to the simple and the now. Includes short meditations, self-reflective journaling exercises, plus group discussion. For all writers.
Creative Writers' Workout:
Exercises & Encouragement Toward a Healthy Writing Life
This series blends writing exercises with group discussion, inspiration, home practice and reading aloud. Among the topics we explore: how to start (or return to) writing and stay in motion; basics of writing with clarity and purpose; what to do with the inner critic; and why to cultivate writer-pals. This well-rounded workout will not only cheer you on but also strengthen your writing muscles. For all writers.
The Heart of Letters
Sometimes we're quiet when we have much to say: to the people we love or dislike, to ourselves, or to characters we may never meet again. Enter the humble, handwritten letter. Letters we write but never send can heal wounds, bring us joy, and reveal answers. In this workshop we explore unsent letter writing as a method for healing and self-discovery. For all writers.
The Garden of Writing Retreat
This special retreat is held outside in the garden. Here we explore nature-inspired creative and reflective writing exercises. We share our words aloud, discuss our insights, try a meditative wander and enjoy a picnic lunch with our friends. At the heart of the day is connection. For adult writers of all skill levels. Light refreshments will be served.
Listen & Flow
Listen & Flow is about trusting the creative depth we already possess. In each class, we use prompts to propel us into our real-est stories. Words flow quickly, wherever they want to go, for several short periods. Messy is best. Courage is welcome! When we read our work aloud, others listen intently, and offer quiet thanks. This is healing work that connects and inspires every member of the group. Details.
Listen & Flow Lunch & Write at Catalina State Park
We'll gather at a pretty picnic spot in view of the picturesque Santa Catalina mountains at Catalina State Park and Listen & Flow through the afternoon. Includes two hours of writing, light sweet treats, plus CSP parking ($7 per car). Nice restrooms are available within walking distance of picnic area. All writers welcome. Limit 6.
Whether drafting a novel, story or poem, we eventually rework our words. In Revision Land, the rough draft is revered. Here, we discover new ways to address our raw material. We learn about writing places to visit, lounge around, or trim from our itineraries. Includes revision exercises, discussion, and the opportunity to read some of our freshened-up writing to the group. For all writers.
Snapshot Memoir Writing
In this workshop we use our days-gone-by photographs as writing prompts. We look closely at the details. Imaginative writing exercises lead us into meaty stories waiting to be told. Also we learn how to compress these stories into short ‘flash’ essays that zing with life. Includes writing exercises, reading aloud and discussion. For all adult writers.
Words Over Coffee
This is an informal gathering for people like you who like books, storytelling, reading and scribbling. Grab your cup of coffee and your computer-y device and join us online via Zoom. Limit 5.
Writing for Self-Reflection
Research shows that consistent self-reflective journaling in a focused manner can reduce blood pressure and boost the immune system. To explore this therapeutic practice, we use JournalCards and inwardly-focused writing exercises. As a group, we discuss our insights and surprises, and learn how this just-for-us writing can enhance and change our lives. For all adult writers.
Writing from the Heart at the Bisbee Alternative Therapies Clinic
Writing from the Heart is a welcoming space for on-the-spot reflective writing and connection. Here we use open-hearted writing prompts to free our thoughts and true stories, then we share in a supportive way. For writers of all experience levels. Details.