Last week, I taught a writer’s workshop at a local bookstore. A great group of folks came together to learn, share, and challenge themselves. The part of the evening I enjoyed the most was when participants spoke up in support of each other.
I loved the united feel in the room, and I knew, with each supportive word they offered each other, that vulnerable part of themselves was hearing it, too. It’s so great when we can learn from each other, especially when we don’t realize it’s happening.
As a result of that experience, I’ve decided to offer a virtual, monthly writer’s support group. The telegathering will be limited to 25 people, and each month will have a topic to which a portion of the call will be devoted. The rest of our hour together will be spent on questions and answers.
We all share many of the negative voices that come up when we try to move forward with our writing. Who am I to deliver this message? Why does anyone care what I have to say? There’s already so much out there on the topic I want to write. There’s no room for me. And so on, and so on. Those voices are just one example of the ways we block our progress, and the most important thing to remember is that trying to push through the resistance will get you nowhere.
So, let’s unite in support of our creativity! In that vein, our first month’s topic will be “What’s Stopping You?”, and will be held on Wednesday, March 24 from 9 PM-10 PM EST. I hope you’ll consider joining me and sharing the invitation with the writers in your life.
For more information and to register, click here.
This has nothing to do with the piece, but with the date in the journal in the picture….August 17, 2007…the day I turned 57.
So, Kathy, that means this year’s birthday is a big one, eh? Happy early birthday!
I was one of those fortunate writers in the workshop last week and Kerri is FABULOUS!! Highly recommend her as a writing coach, teacher and mentor. As a matter of fact, I just published a blog post of my own with her encouragement: http://www.kathleenhassan.com/index.php/coach/blog/
Thanks so much, Kathleen! And congratulations on your blog post! I just read it – interesting insights into that little girl’s experience.
I second your sentiments Kathleen! I had always been hesitant to go to any sort of writing workshops because I didn’t have the best instructors in college. In fact, they made me feel like my writing wasn’t good enough. I was happy I went not only because of Kerri’s incredibly helpful insights and guidance but also the inspiration I got from everyone there. In fact, Kathleen, I was looking over my notes from the workshop today and I had written your name down as someone who really inspired me that night. I just subscribed to your blog and am looking forward to learning as much as I can from you regarding raising my daughter. She’s only 3 but based on my own history, I am going to need all the help I can get 🙂