"Get in the habit of welcoming your own words. You are making a map of the days you live." - Naomi Shihab Nye
I have been leading writing workshops, both live and online, since 2010. I believe we all carry an innate intelligence for story-gathering and storytelling, and that making these stories manifest into pieces of writing can happen in a gentle, welcoming setting. In this spirit, I guide students through simple, often playful exercises and activities that help strengthen their creative instincts in order to develop a writing practice that sticks. I also work one-on-one with those who need more accountability, feedback, and personal attention with their creative projects. My classes offer the opportunity to let loose and take risks in order to navigate the stories that matter, and at the heart of my teaching and facilitating work is a commitment to telling the truth with compassion and support. Below are my upcoming online classes, which are open to both new and seasoned writers.
open enrollment, on-demand 7-day e-course
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“Letters to My Former Selves" is an exercise in letting in and letting go, in saying hello and farewell in the same breath, and most of all, in finding the humor, tenderness and self-compassion in those narratives in which we might have experienced the opposite. As we pen notes to our old incarnations and reconsider the time and context in which we inhabited these selves, we might discover the gifts that live within the shadows of these stories, and the light they cast on our past, our present, and perhaps even our future.
Prompts are delivered for 7 days via email and you are invited to share the results and interact with other participants in a private online group (on Ruzuku.com).
open-enrollment, on-demand, 21-day e-course
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"100 Words" is a practice of purposeful paring down, a bold writing journey in service to the electrifying (and clarifying) power of brevity. You’ll receive a single-word prompt for 21 days, and you can share your words (up to 100) in supportive, inspired camaraderie in our communal classroom space. 100 Words takes place on the Ruzuku platform, which allows for easy interaction and feedback.