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Writing the Flood is this Saturday!

Writing the Flood

Open the gates and let your writing voice flow

A half-day, open-topic writing workshop!

Third Saturday of every month

December Flood meets Saturday, 12/18, 1-4:30pm

Writing The Flood is a writing group for anyone looking to prime the writing pump: using the Amherst Writers and Artists method, we will write together in response to exercises designed to get those pens moving, and get onto 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. You can expect to end the day with: a several new pieces of creative writing, feedback from your peers about what’s already strong in your new writing, and some new writerly community!.

Unless otherwise noted, this workshop meets on the third Saturday of the month. $25-50, sliding scale. Limited to 12.

No previous writing experience necessary! Workshops held in San Francisco in an accessible space, a half-block from BART and on many MUNI lines. Pre-registration is required — please write to jennifer@writingourselveswhole.org with questions or to register.

About your facilitator: Jen Cross is a widely published freelance writer. She’s a queer incest survivor who used writing as a transformative and integral part of her own healing process. She’s a certified AWA Facilitator, has led writing workshops with survivors since 2002, and writes with folks about trauma, sexuality, and more.

Announce: Summer 09 Workshops with Writing Ourselves Whole!

Writing Ourselves Whole:
transformative writing workshops for the SF Bay Area

Contact: Jen Cross

Are you looking for an opportunity to create some new and powerful writing in an invigorating, supportive writing community? This June and July, Writing Ourselves Whole is pleased to be offering two full 8-week writing workshops and a Saturday writing retreat:

  • Write Whole: Survivors Write. Monday evenings, June 1 – July 27. Open to all women survivors of sexual trauma.
  • Declaring Our Erotic: Take back your sexuality! Tuesday evenings, June 2 – July 28. Open to queer-identified women survivors of sexual trauma.
  • Raw Silk, an erotic writing retreat open to all women! Saturday, June 20, 10am-4pm.

    All workshops offered at the Writing Ourselves Whole workshop space in downtown San Francisco. Register now or visit www.writingourselveswhole.org for more information!

    Write Whole: Survivors Write
    Eight Monday evenings, June 1 – July 27
    Open to all women survivors of sexual trauma

    Transforming our language is one of the ways we transform our lives.

    Many who are survivors of sexual trauma feel fragmented or disjointed and have come to believe we must always live our lives this way. Writing is one way to regain some control over our experiences and memories, and begin to create new sense out of them.

    Gather with other women survivors of sexual trauma in this workshop, and write in response to exercises chosen to elicit deep-heart writing, and deal with such subjects as: body image, family/community, sexuality, dreams, love, faith, and more. You’ll be encouraged to trust the flow of your own writing, and receive immediate feedback about the power of your words!

    These workshops are open to all women who identify in as survivors of sexual trauma. Though we come together as survivors, we are never required to write any particular version of “our story,” or even write about trauma at all if we don’t choose to! In this space, you have the opportunity to write as you feel called to write.

    Although the setting is a supportive one, the workshop is different from a “support group,” as the focus of the workshop itself is on each person’s writing; we create beauty out of the sometimes extraordinarily difficult stuff of our lives.

    Declaring Our Erotic
    Eight Tuesday evenings, June 2 – July 28
    For Summer 09, this workshop is open to queer women survivors of sexual trauma

    Take back your sexuality! Come together with other queer-identified women survivors to create a space in which we struggle with and celebrate our complex sexualities, in an attempt to become less isolated around, and more comfortable talking about, our sexual desires. Each week, we write in response to exercises designed to tap into different aspects of our sexual selves: memory, fantasy, experience, relationship with the body, and more!

    You will get more comfortable exploring and talking about sexual desires, receive strong and focused feedback about your new writing, explore the varied and complex aspects of sexuality and desire in a fun and confidential environment, and, of course, try your hand at some explicit erotic writing!

    Previous participants have found the group to be transformative, feeling that the work they’ve done has opened up and changed not only their relationship with their erotic selves, but with many other aspects of their lives as well.

    Raw Silk – Women write their erotic
    an erotic writing retreat open to all women
    Saturday, June 20, 2009
    Continental breakfast and light lunch provided.

    Treat yourself to a day of good food, powerful writing and great community! In this AWA-method day-long writing retreat, you’ll have the opportunity to get more comfortable exploring and talking about sexual desires, celebrate the varied and complex aspects of your sexual self, and, of course, dive into some explicit erotic writing! Surprise yourself with the power of your sensual/erotic voice. You’ll end the day with a rich body of new creative writing and feedback from your peers about what’s already strong in your work.

    For each of our all-day Saturday writing retreats, we gather in the morning for coffee and some home-baked breakfast, and then write through the rest of the morning. After a break for a light lunch, we keep on diving deep into our work through the afternoon! At the end of the day, we have some conversation about revising and editing our work, and we close by four.

    All workshops are open to folks of all writing abilities: whether you write regularly, are an infrequent journaler, or used to write and would like to again, these groups are for you!

    Our workshops held in San Francisco in an accessible space, a half-block from BART and on many MUNI lines. Spaces are still available, though limited, and pre-registration is required! Cost for full 8-week workshops is $250; fee for Saturday retreats is $100. Deposits are requested to reserve your space. To register or for more information, email jennifer@writingourselveswhole.org or visit www.writingourselveswhole.org!

    Writing Ourselves Whole’s founder and facilitator, Jen Cross, is a freelance writer whose work has been published in close to thirty anthologies and periodicals, including Nobody Passes, Visible: A Femmethology, Best Sex Writing 2008, Best Women’s Erotica 2007, and many more. Jen has facilitated writing workshops since 2002. She received her MA in Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College, and is a certified facilitator of the Amherst Writers & Artists method (www.amherstwriters.com, as developed by Pat Schneider).

    Founded in 2003, Writing Ourselves Whole seeks to change the world through writing. To open our hearts to ourselves and each other, so that we might live in a community of deep expressiveness and self-love, where each individual reaches his and her most complete self. We exist in the service of transforming trauma and/or struggles around sexuality into art, and creating spaces in which individuals may come to recognize the artist/writer within.

    To express our own story changes the world. Writing is both memory and possibility at once, and in moving through and with that tension, we create change.

  • 2009 Workshop Schedule!

    Hello all!

    I’ve finally got the 2009 workshop schedule up on the Writing Ourselves Whole website — http://www.writingourselveswhole.org/ClassSchedule.htm.

    Coming up, we have a Saturday Write Whole Intensive in March, and the Spring workshops begin in April.

    Have a look — and let me know if I can hold you a space!

    Celebrate the new year with new words! Winter 2008 Workshops Begin Soon –

    Transformative writing workshops:
    Winter 2008 sessions begin January 7, 8 and 9.

    Erotic writing workshops and workshop for survivors of sexual trauma begin soon! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about these special topic writing workshops: jennifer@writingourselveshwhole.org.


    ~ Transforming our language is one way we transform our lives. ~

    ~ Visit www.writingourselveswhole.org to register for these special topic writing workshops~

    Write Whole-Survivors Write meets Monday evenings beginning January 7.
    Open to women survivors of sexual trauma. Gather with other survivors to create new art and new beauty out of your experiences, and deepen your sense of wholeness.

    Declaring Our Erotic workshops meet Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings. DOE workshops provide a space to get more comfortable exploring and talking about sexuality and desire, and to become less inhibited in your own writing.

  • Mixed DOE: Tuesday evenings beginning January 8 – Open to folks of all sexualities and all genders!
  • Women’s DOE, Wednesday mornings beginning January 9 – open to all women!

    ~note: both “woman” and “survivor” are intended to be self-defined.~

    Transform your relationship with your writing and with yourself. Open to folks of all writing abilities!

    A few spaces are still available in each workshop. Cost for 8-week workshops is $250. Workshops held in downtown San Francisco, near BART and MUNI. To register, or for more information, visit www.writingourselveswhole.org!

    About your facilitator: Jen Cross is a freelance writer and queer incest survivor whose work has been published in numerous anthologies. She’s facilitated writing workshops for the past 5 years.

  • This Sat: Self-healing meditation retreat

    Rev. Trinity Ordona is leading a self-healing meditation retreat this weekend, which sounds amazing!

    Have you tried meditation, but you cannot sit still without . . . memories or problems taking over your mind? Having trouble “letting go” of the past?

    Pain, Disappointment, Anger, Anxiety

    A Day-Long Training
    In Buddhism and
    Energy Meditation

    Rev. Trinity A. Ordona, Ph.D.

    SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 10 AM – 3 PM
    Convenient SF Location

    9 – 10 AM: Class – Basic Instructions in Grounding, Centering
    and Releasing Blocked Emotions from Past Problems

    “Once I learned to ground, center and connect my self to universal healing energies, I could easily meditate
    and effectively release blocked emotions from my past experiences of abuse.”

    10 AM – 3 PM: Silent Retreat: Dharma Talk and Basic Instruction and Practice in Sitting, Lying, Walking and Eating Meditation

    Rev. Trinity A. Ordona, Ph.D., an incest, rape and cult survivor, works primarily with survivors of violence and trauma. She has been practicing Buddhism in the Vipassana tradition at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is a current member of the Path of Engagement,
    a multi-year program designed to help participants connect the process of individual transformation with service to others.

    For further information:tordonahealing@yahoo.com, (415) 626-6441

    Cost: This class is free. However, I ask that you consider making a donation to allow me to continue to offer classes like this to anyone who seeks them. This is known as the practice of dana (generosity), which is how wisdom teachings have been provided in Asia for centuries. It allows exposure to valuable lessons independent of class and economic status.

    Registration: Call or send an email to Dr. Ordona at tordonahealing@yahoo.com, noting that you are registering for “Self-Healing Energy Meditation Daylong” and providing your name, phone number and postal address. On the day of the retreat, please arrive 15 min. early to complete registration paperwork and settle in before the Instruction or Retreat begins.

    Miscellaneous: Out of respect for people with environmental illnesses, please do not wear fragrance or scented products.