Writing Ourselves Whole groups are exercise-initiated and permissive writing spaces in which writers are encouraged to play, risk, stretch and celebrate their complex, full, and fully-brilliant selves. We use the Amherst Writers & Artists method to create a space where we can write into stories that may have resisted telling.
Write Whole: Survivors Write – Gather with other sexual trauma survivors to create new art and new beauty out of life’s difficult and complicated realities. Learn to trust the flow of your own writing, and receive immediate feedback about the power of your words.
Declaring Our Erotic – We each need safe space in which to be our whole erotic selves. The Declaring Our Erotic workshops provide a space to try your hand at some explicit erotic writing, and, in so doing, get more comfortable exploring and talking about sexual desires, explore the varied and complex aspects of sexuality and desire, and celebrate the fullness of your erotic expression.
Writing the Flood – For anyone looking to prime the writing pump — write the page the stories, poems, essays, images and voices that have been stuck inside for too long. This is a time to work on a larger project, get started on new work, play on the page, or write yourself through a block and back into your writing voice. Unless otherwise noted, this workshop meets the third Saturday of the month.
Dive Deep – This advanced workgroup is for those who have delved into (or are ready to commit to) the deep dive of a large writing project, such as a novel, memoir, or poetry collection. Divers meet three times per month for writing, project check-in and accountability, feedback, coaching and peer support. This group can help you meet your writing goal, and provide community and encouragement as you go deep into a writing project.
Meridian Writers – Find your center and write your story. Meridian Writers is seeking writers who prefer a fun, generous and supportive atmosphere in which to write together and celebrate one another’s creative efforts. At the end of our nine weeks together, you will have a new creative community, and a strong body of original writing.
Online Writing Groups are designed for those unable to attend in-person workshops, or for those uncomfortable with or less inclined toward joining us in person. We currently offer online versions of two of our writing groups, Write Whole and Reclaiming Our Erotic Story. Participation in the writing groups is all asynchronous: you access exercises and readings, write and post your responses, and offer feedback on others’ writings as works best for your schedule. No special software required — just a web browser, Internet connection, and desire to write into your deepest stories.
Day-long retreats – Open to all writers, regardless of writing experience or previous participation in Writing Ourselves Whole groups. Treat yourself to a day of good writing, good food, and good community! For this day-long writing retreat, we gather for coffee or tea and some home-baked breakfast, and then write through the rest of the morning. After a break for lunch, we dive back into our work through the afternoon, and we close by 5:30pm. You’ll leave the retreat with: a rich body of new creative writing; feedback about what’s already strong and powerful in your new writing; and inspiration to keep on writing.
Individual support: Because sometimes it does not work to join a writing group, but you still would like some companionship and encouragement around your writing, I also offer individual support to writers.
Public Offerings: I am also available to work with agencies, organizations and providers, as an adjunct to the very important services they provide. Writing workshops (either one-time or multi-session) create the opportunity for new levels of work and healing. Exercises can be chosen to focus on particular topics or areas of learning. I have worked with survivors of domestic violence and sexual trauma, LGBTQ youth, homeless women, adult students, and many more groups.
Contact me with questions or to register! I look forward to writing with you.