May 02, 2011

Wild Writing*

like sitting around the firepit at Laurie's house, Alameda, CA, photo by Stefanie Renee

For the last five years or more I have been taking Laurie Wagner's wild writing course. It is truly one of the most poignant, rich and satisfying classes I have ever taken. It is also the very best way I know to get to deeper places in my writing, where I am able to reveal the truth of my heart in a vulnerable and powerful way. For any of the successes I have had in my writing on this blog, I owe them partly to Laurie and to this exceptional writing class.

Perhaps even more than anything else, I am craving exactly what Laurie so gracefully makes space for-- intimacy, connection, and sacred space to do creative work.

I am thrilled beyond thrilled that Laurie is going to do her writing series at the Teahouse Studios this month right here in Berkeley. Would you like to join us? The Teahouse ladies and I would all love to sit around that table with you.

Here are more details from Laurie:
May 26 - July 28th 9:30-11:45 a.m.
Eight Thursdays
Classes limited to 9 women $280
Teahouse Studio in Berkeley, CA

What is Wild Writing?
Wild Writing is a really fun, super loose way to tell our stories and uncover the themes we want to write about. We begin with a poem and then we write as a group for 15 minutes, writing as fast as we can, pens never leaving the page. We write quickly to push past our cleverness and all the ways that we get trapped in looking good. We write quickly so that the mental editor doesn't have time to come in and fix everything, we write quickly so that we might move into a less conscious, loose groove where, if we're lucky we might stumble into the fertile material that lingers within us, conjuring up stories and memories that are waiting to be written.

This technique, while very therapeutic, is also a wonderful way to jumpstart any good writing project, and is a perfect class for anyone who is working with words, whether it be in a blog or in a book. Wild Writing will get you in touch with the core of what you really want to say, helping you hone your instincts and your intuition.

Get in touch with Laurie at 510 703-4030 or if you'd like a spot.

Posted on May 2, 2011 01:14 PM

love this photo...I would like to be there!

Posted by: Leslie at May 6, 2011 06:05 AM

it sounds and looks delicious!

Posted by: marilee pittman at May 4, 2011 04:00 AM

Correction: it's September through June, so actually a lot more than two months!!

Posted by: Leah at May 3, 2011 05:02 PM

This reminded me that I recently saw something your readers might be interested in: the May Tree Residency for Women in the Arts at Rowe in the Berkshires. It sounds pretty great--a two month residency in a beautiful place, with stipend, to pursue almost any kind of creative project. Not for us mamas of young children, but I bet it's perfect for someone out there.

Posted by: Leah at May 3, 2011 04:59 PM

Oh how I need this, if only it were closer!!

Posted by: Christine @ Coffees & Commutes at May 3, 2011 01:10 PM

oh too far away in England...

Posted by: moyra at May 3, 2011 11:49 AM

Wish I still lived up in the bay area...this is just the kind of thing I need right now! xoxo

Posted by: Mariella at May 3, 2011 11:22 AM

wow, this is so inspiring! does anyone know if there is anything remotely like this happening in portland or?

Posted by: e at May 3, 2011 08:25 AM

That backyard really is something. What a delicious space and way to write. I would jump at the chance if I lived in Berkeley. For those who do, enjoy.

Posted by: Sandra at May 3, 2011 06:47 AM

That photo, that one right there, is what I want my life to be about.

Posted by: Sophie at May 3, 2011 03:41 AM

What an amazing looking space. It's superb. I love the sound of the course too. I wish I could pop in to Teahouse Studios. They are doing some amazing things.

Posted by: {tinniegirl} at May 2, 2011 11:01 PM

I took a wonderful class from Laurie a few years ago. I loved it!

Posted by: erin at May 2, 2011 06:14 PM

GASP! That backyard is of my dreams! It looks like a heavenly place for inspiration! I wish I lived in Berkeley so I could join in on this "Wild Writing"!!

Posted by: Valerie English at May 2, 2011 04:47 PM