Off-Leash Writing Workshops
Off-Leash Writing is a vital, no-holds barred, transformative process, in which we put pen to paper and cut loose, burning through to first thoughts, outstripping our inner critics with the sheer velocity of our words.
Write Wild, Write Free
I’ll give prompts - usually poetry - and we’ll write in exuberant ten to fifteen-minute bursts, saying yes to what's coming, surging forward without pausing, amending, or looking back. The prompts are not instructions so much as doorways, opening onto the vast field of your experience and imagination. At the end of each burst, we’ll read aloud what we’ve written, bearing witness to the raw power of what’s in the room. We'll keep the circle small - maximum 8 people - and I'll write and read alongside you, modeling the full imperfection of this practice, with its hitches and lulls and bouts of self-consciousness that occasionally give way to periods of pure flow.
Write Your Way Home
For newcomers and experienced writers alike, this process is an astonishingly effective tool for quieting the noise and discovering – or re-discovering - your authentic voice. Though it can be a means to an end - you'll generate loads of material that you can rework and polish into memoirs, stories, poems, or anything else - the process of writing, listening, and being deeply heard is also a profound practice for healing what C. S. Lewis called "the wound of individuality."
"I Wanna See You Be Brave"
- Sara Bareilles
Try it and see.
Join me in Berkeley for four Saturday mornings of glorious writing! Bring your pen, notebook, curiosity, and an open heart and mind, and we’ll sit around the table together and let our words flow onto the page and into the world. Class size limited to 8.
WHEN: Saturdays, June 23 - July 14, 10 am - Noon
WHERE: The Monkey House, 1638 University Ave, Berkeley, California
Questions? Email me.