Writing Your Way Home
Writing Your Way Home
A workshop about being the author (and hero) of your own life
Spring Session: March 20 – June 19, 2018
Theme: Desire as Fuel
Wednesdays 1:30 – 3:00 pm Eastern
Make room for the creative practice of writing — for yourself and your own relish, sanity, and delight — in your week. In this workshop, I’ll lead you and the crew on a hand-held tour of ‘pure writing’… freestyle. Along the way, we’ll talk about how to develop your writing as a creative practice, wild and silly tricks you can use to rev up your imagination and wild wisdom, and using your real voice in a world that often seems to grind us into someone else.
We will also experiment with how your life maps out onto the ‘hero story’ — you know, the story where you left the ‘couch of your comfort’… heard the call… crossed the threshold… and did the hard thing that changed you forever.
Conversations held on the 6 dates below; the writing room will be open at regular meeting times for Show Up And Write practice through March 21 (I’ll be there with you). We’ll take rest the last week of each month (for turning inward and integration) and take 2 weeks off — the last week of the year and the first week of the year. Bottom line: show up at the end of December to get started, then we’ll see you on the flip in the New Year. you can write over Winter Break or not; choose your own adventure.
Mar 20 | The hero and the magical tool
The arc of the hero story humans have been telling themselves for thousands of years, and how your life strangely resembles it, too.
Apr 3 | Analogue human in a digital world
Pen and paper versus typing. Deciding where your stories get told. Legal pads, sketch books, and journals, oh my!
Apr 10 | Public, private, secret, holy, & burned
Writing to yourself, other people, god or the fire.
Apr 17 | Characters, costumes, & funny objects
Letting yourself be someone else so you can bring all of who you are to the party.
May 1 | Body as writing instrument
Not writing as an act of writing. Moving as a tool for finding your words.
May 8 | Third, fourth and fifth places
Carving out creative space in the modern world. Picking your spots and deciding when to go.
On conversation days, I’ll teach for 20 minutes, answer questions for 30, and then we’ll all Shut Up And Write together for 40.
Open to the public (not just business owners).
Cost: $1,200 (feel free spread out your payments over 3 months)
Limited to 12 people.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and to register.
Note: This workshop will be taught by Stephanie Saline, who has spent the last 9 years writing marketing and building a popular copywriting business under the nom de plume Stella Orange. Steph has been writing letters, plays and journals for the past 28 years. If there’s one thing she’s fantastic at, it’s writing as a practice that brings you home to your ‘one true spot’ in this life.