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Write To Be® Learning Experiences are full of inspiration, motivation and audience participation. Perfect for women, professionals, corporate settings, educational institutions, small business groups, creative types, writing folk, self-employed, you! Delivered within one hour presentations, half or full day workshops, or extended sessions! Held at private homes, bed and breakfasts, retreats, spas, churches, corporate events, schools, business meetings, book stores.
Write To Be® writing workshops are fun, process-oriented writing events. No special talent, writing/creative background or training is needed.
Write To Be® Workshop The original Write To Be workshop begun in 2001!
Write, share, laugh, cry, stretch, grow, listen, learn. Grow personally and creatively in these positive gatherings of no competition and no judgment.
Writing is powerful. Writing in community is super charged!
The intention is to inspire, motivate and support your writing and/or creative living, especially if you are: a woman, a creative, of the Oprah mindset, enjoy a holistic approach, like tales of triumph, want to know yourself better, feel stuck, look to grow spiritually, open to exploring your creativity, engage in self help/self improvement, desire to share your story and/or hear others' stories, want to write but need help starting,
seek clarity, or simply have an open heart and mind.
No special talent, writing/creative background or training is needed.
Writing and sharing with others in a place of no competition and no judgment is energizing, affirming and inspiring. These are not critique groups. Just be open to the empowering act of connecting within a safe, creative community. I will provide a prompt, we will write and share. The magic is in the process!
Workshops can be customized to a group or theme. Special offerings include:
Write To BeachTM:
Writing workshops held on the beach. Just bring your beach chair, pad and pen! We will write and share inspired by the sand and surf!
Memoir Matchstick: The Personal Essay.
Light the fire of your memoir. Kindle the stories of your life with personal essays. Burn through your blocks by learning simple techniques to write stories from your life. They will become your memoir! Format: writing workshop - 2 hours
Be Your Own Writing Coach: A Plan to Finish Your Book at Last!
You can see yourself at a little table in the bookstore signing your masterpiece for a line of adoring fans. However, getting your great idea out of your head and onto the page is another story (pun intended!) When you do finally finish some writing, you cannot imagine sustaining the Herculean effort needed to eek out another one or two hundred pages to fulfill your dream and word count! But you can! With focus, organization, and strategies to keep you going, you can finish your manuscript. Through discussion, interactive exercises, and dedicated writing time, you will gain insight into yourself, your project, and the working relationship that will develop between you and your project.
Some ideas we will explore are:
The truth about writing longer works
Owning the work in development stage
Why a plan is essential
What to do when the plan freaks you out
We will set milestones, address common challenges, and celebrate small victories along the way. You will leave with a clearer vision of your project, a schedule to keep you on track, practical tips and resources to be your own writing coach. Format: interactive lecture/workshop - half or full day program.
Writing and Wellness: Write for the Health of It!
Write your way to fitness for body, mind and spirit. Release your creative energy for healing and growth. Learn how to write for health and wellness and why it works. Explore the history, theory and practice of therapeutic writing. In this interactive lecture/workshop, we will create a safe space to write in a non-competitive, non-judgmental setting. (Sharing is always optional!) You will leave with plenty of ideas, exercises, and resources for further exploration. Format: interactive lecture/workshop - 1.5 hours
Writing The Artist Statement
The Artist Statement is an important declaration of your work, life, art. It can be called for when entering a competition, applying for school or a grant, being considered for inclusion in an exhibition, or marketing your work. It can also be a powerful tool for self-reflection and validation. Whether you are writing your first Artist Statement, or revisiting a prior version to reflect your creative growth, this workshop will help you connect with yourself, your art, and your audience. We will consider style, tone, purpose and form. Through hands-on exercises, we will produce, at the very least, a draft that you can develop into an Artist Statement to describe your work and spotlight your talent. Format: lecture/workshop - 2 hours.
Presentations and Seminars
Write To Be® workshops and seminars are interactive and interdisciplinary. Most are single session, half or full day programs or delivered through a series of extended sessions. Customization is always available.
Peace in Love and Work: Lessons Along the Way
In her book, Peace in Love and Work: a Wish, a Year, a Story, D.M. Anderson tells the story of how going all in for a year allowed her to create the peace that we all seek in love and in work - and how you can, too! In this presentation she shares lessons learned about moving beyond fear to allow our deepest desires to come true. She will be available to answer questions and sign books following the presentation. - 1.5 hours
Creativity and Wellness
The link between creativity and wellness is long established and more widely recognized than ever. Apollo, god of medicine and poetry, roots the healing nature of the arts within ancient tradition, while today, the American Medical Association recognizes writing as complementary health practice. How can we use creativity for wellness? How can we use wellness for creativity? Explore the possibilities within this fascinating relationship to reveal ways to inspire and nourish creativity and wellness in your life!
Format: interactive lecture/workshop - 1.5 hours
The Art of Unblocking
When we are blocked in one area of our lives, we are blocked in others. In this workshop, a series of poems takes us through passages of being that we all experience at some time or other, in some way or other: being open, lonely, scared, forgiving – or not, loving, sad, curious, brave, trusting, to facilitate flow through some of those places where we all occasionally get stuck. format: written and spoken word workshop in a non-competitive, non-judgmental, safe, nurturing group setting (reading aloud is always voluntary!) - 1.5 hours
Transformative Language Arts: Integration of Literary and Expressive Arts
For teachers, writers, artists, lovers of the arts. To spark your own creative work or for self-exploration and personal growth. We will cover the history and theory of expressive writing while practicing various approaches through our own work with a variety of artistic mediums as inspiration. Discover new ways to interact with creative expression through this multi-media, multi-genre, interdisciplinary learning experience.
format: lecture/workshop; half or full day program, or extended series of sessions.