Un(b)Lock your Creativity: Expressive Writing as a Key

“Thanks to this workshop I was able to, not only visualize my completed manuscript, but actually finish it!” – R.C.

“Joanna’s Creativity Workshop facilitates deep insights with startling ease; the often-overlooked pathways to Self that are revealed are often beautiful and always true.” – F.H.

Drawing on the wisdom of experts such as Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones) and Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way), learn how to use your journal (and mandala drawing too!) as a tool to unlock creativity, get the words  & ideas flowing, overcome fears and gain confidence in your own talents. And guess what? The techniques can be applied to help you out-write your everyday fears of risk and failure!

~ Thursdays, November 15  – December 13 (4 weeks); 7-8:30PM
~”Pay-what-you-can” (suggested donation $10-$20 per session, due in full at first session or otherwise by arrangement)
~ Register or ask a question here

Held at The Writers’ Room at Allen House

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Horace Greeley Writers’ Symposium: Oct 20

I am honored to have been asked to present at the annual Horace Greeley Writers’ Symposium once again this year. Coming up on October 20th in Poultney, Vermont, this is a small and cozy conference where you will have the chance to chat and write with other passionate and talented writers. Below is the press release.

Poultney, VT: The 10th Annual Horace Greeley Writers’ Symposium will be held on October 20, 2012 from 9:30-5 at the United Methodist Church, Main Street, Poultney, Vermont. This one-day conference is one offering of The Horace Greeley Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting the writer’s trade and the spirit of public oration central to Greeley’s life.

Horace Greeley, founder of the New York Tribune, suffragist, opponent of slavery, and man of letters, learned the newspaper trade in East Poultney, Vermont. He rose from humble beginnings to become one of the nation’s most respected journalists. He also helped Abraham Lincoln gain office and ran for President of the United States against Ulysses Grant.

Participants of the symposium will have plenty of opportunity to explore their own writing skills under the guidance of local experts in their craft. This year’s keynote speaker will be White River Junction, VT author and teacher, Joni B. Cole. Her talk is titled “Learning from Laughter: Tales of Life, Love and Neurotic Human Behavior.” Green Mountain College English professor and writer, Laird Christensen, will present “Backroads, Deadends and Roundabouts: The Joy of Getting Lost along the Way,” and Castleton State College professor and poet, David Mook, will discuss and guide writers through various examples of “poetry of identity.” Transformative Language Arts coach, Joanna Tebbs Young will present “Excuses and Abuses: Writing through the Fears.”

More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/HoraceGreeleyFoundation.

Rutland, VT Writers Groups – updated 9/12

Please help me (and our fellow writers) by letting me know about your Vermont writing group or conference.

When we first moved back to Vermont I was trying to find a writer’s group to connect with and it wasn’t easy. I did eventually find one through some round-about internet and email networking. Yesterday I noticed someone found my blog by searching for “Rutland, VT writer’s groups” which made me think I should do an informational post. I would love to meet more writers in this area, so if you are reading this post because you are searching for a group of like-minded people, please contact me!

I will add more as I discover them and if anyone would like to add to this list, please feel free to leave the info in the comments.

Poultney, Vermont

Horace Greeley Writer’s Guild: Meet on a not-so regular monthly basis in Poultney or Middletown Springs, VT: Wednesday 7-9PM. Free and open to the public. [As of Nov. 2011, this group has not met for a while, however the conference is still scheduled annually.]

Diverse group that meets, sometimes eats, and chats about writing.

Annual conference in October.

Brandon, Vermont

Brandon Writer’s Group (Unofficial name),: Meets irregularly and geared toward YA writers. By invitation due to space limitations.

Rutland, Vermont

Chaffee Art Center Writer’s Group, Chaffee Art Center. (802) 775-0356. Meets Fridays 11AM-1PM. By donation.

COMING SOON: Monthly writing group to be held at The Writers’ Room at Allen House. (802) 747.0761. Details to be announced. Also coming to The Writers’ Room: Open Writers’ Hours with free wi-fi.

Shushan, New York

Dionondehowa Writer’s Group/Retreat, Meets Tuesdays 7-9PM. Cost $15. Annual retreat in July.

Manchester, Vermont

Northshire Bookstore, Wednesday evenings. Call 800-437-3700 and ask for Sarah.

League of Vermont Writers

www.leaguevtwriters.org, Writer’s Conference annually in July.

White River Junction, Vermont

The Writer’s Center, Offers workshops and classes on a variety of writing topics.

Tinmouth, Vermont

Green Mountain Writers Conference Annually in August

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Fall 2012 Workshops at The Writers’ Room

“I have learned [in this class that] I am probably wiser about things than I was allowed to believe about myself as a child… I love the structure of this class — the prompts give me focus and purpose for what follows. The prompts send me places I didn’t intend to go or didn’t know existed in my mind.

I have felt honored to participate in Joanna’s workshops, and have gained confidence in my writing and trust in my own inner voice.Susan, “Voice Quest” participant

  • Voice Quest: Writing a Spiritual Journey (or Writing YourSelf Home)

    ~Wednesdays, September 12 – December 12 (13 weeks – any or all sessions; no meeting November 21); 7-8:30PM
    ~ “Pay-what-you-can” (suggested donation $10-$20 per session)
    ~ Register or ask a question here

    “The spiritual journey is one of becoming real… to say who we are.” — Sue Monk Kidd, When the Heart Waits

    Voice Quest is a 13-step journey towards your Potential. By accessing and strengthening your inner voice and intuition through writing you will gain Confidence in your goals, dreams, ideas, talents, and opinions – in yourSelf. Learn to listen to your deeper/higher wisdom as you seek Healing and Wholeness.

     

  • Un(b)lock your Creativity: Expressive Writing as a Key

    ~ Thursdays, September 13 – October 4 (4 weeks); 7-8:30PM
    ~”Pay-what-you-can” (suggested donation $10-$20 per session)
    ~ Register or ask a question here

    I thoroughly enjoyed Joanna’s presentation…  I especially liked the writing exercises.  The ones most helpful to me were Positive Reasons for Writing,  Balancing our Fears with Reality, and Listing the Things that Make us Angry, Happy and Afraid (to write about)…..a good jump start.” – Donna, participant

    Drawing on the wisdom of experts such as Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones) and Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way), learn how to use your journal as a tool to unlock creativity, get the words  & ideas flowing, overcome fears and gain confidence in your own talents. And guess what? The techniques can be applied to help you out-write your everyday fears of risk and failure!

  •  Night Writing: Dialoguing with your Dreams

    ~ Thursdays, October 18 – November 8 (4 weeks); 7-8:30PM
    ~ “Pay-what-you-can” (suggested donation $10-$20 per session)
    ~ Register or ask a question here

    Tap into the powerful wisdom of your dreams using equally powerful writing techniques. Learn how to increase dream recall, explore dream symbols and analyze their personal meaning for Healing, Self-Discovery and Creative Insight.

All events held at The Writers’ Room at Allen House unless otherwise stated.

Any of these classes can also be taught one-on-one. Please contact me for information.

Workshop Announced: Natural Wisdom

Natural Wisdom: Writing and Art as Spiritual Voice

Sundays, October 2, 9, 16, 23; 12-2PM

Grace Congregational Church, Rutland, Vermont

 

The trill of birdsong, the crash of waves… the exquisite voice of Mother Earth. How does the language of nature speak to you and inspire your own voice?

In this 4-week workshop we will listen to the music of nature and write or draw in response as we look to our inner voice for spiritual and personal insight.

Cost is “pay what you can” (suggested $10-15 per session) with a portion to be donated to the Grace Church Music Program.

No writing experience is necessary: your writing is for your eyes only if you prefer. However, for those who wish to share, some of the creative results will be compiled and published on this blog as a follow-up to the workshop.

Please sign up for one or all sessions by clicking here to sign-up (or click on the Contact tab above).

One City, One Prompt

On October 29th, 2011 I am honored to be facilitating a community event in Rutland, Vermont which is part of a larger national/international* project called One City, One Prompt (see Events tab for more details). It is a project of the Transformative Language Arts Network (tlanetwork.org), which in this, its inception year, is taking place in more than 70 communities around the States (and in Japan and Egypt!). I am a Masters student in the Transformative Language Arts concentration at Goddard College, who is underwriting this project, and I will be facilitating this as part of my field work.

I am particularly excited about this event because the theme this year is Community and I have chosen the sub-theme to be Transformation, which I think are two vital words for my community right now. Local people will have the opportunity to voice their feelings about our community in any written form they wish. The resulting creative works will be shared with the country/world on a website maintained by TLAN. The Rutland Free Library is sponsoring/hosting the event and the Rutland Herald will be providing media coverage.

I have set up a Facebook Page where I will be posting details and you can ask questions or share ideas. The prompt itself has not been determined yet and I will most likely to looking for input from the community. So please “Like” so you can be a part of that.

* To find out if there is an One City One Prompt event in your area this fall, visit http://onecityoneprompt.org/

Here’s the promotional video so you can get a better idea of the project:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_l02OTW9Ag

2011 session of Yoga ‘n’ Write

We’re back! Rachel and I plan to start the New Year quietly and mindfully on the mat and on the page – and in a new location! Won’t you join us?

Please click the Events tab for the details or visit here to read an article.

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