The Writing Dance
A Series of Writing Workshops
A Series of Writing Practices
May 12, 19, 26, and June 2, 2021
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Atlantic Time
(1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm MST)
Registration is now open!
There are poems, prayers and reflections living within each of us that long for expression.
The practices shared through the Writing Dance will help set them free.
Time to Write
I have often thought of writing as a dance. It is a dance with the blank page, a dance with inspiration, a dance with fear, a dance with adventure, a dance with the unknown, a dance with words and a dance with our soul’s voice.
Every day that I show up to write, I am not sure what aspect of the writing process I will be dancing with that day.
In this series of workshops, I invite you to join me in the Writing Dance.
The Writing Dance Invitation
During these four weeks, we will explore a number of ways to enter into the process of writing.
We will use eco-spiritual writing exercises that explore your connection to nature. We will also engage Focusing approaches to self-expression that draw upon the wisdom of your senses.
Throughout our time together, you can expect to connect with your own inner wisdom and the voice of your soul as you are guided through these processes of self-expression.
Each session will begin with a time of grounding and settling in that will lead into a writing practice. After each practice, there will be time for sharing and discussion, but there is never an expectation that you must share what you have written.
It is my intention that this will be a safe space to nurture the writer within so that you will have tools to help you enter into the writing dance whenever you need. Tools, like grounding yourself, asking questions that lead you into a time of writing, then organizing what you have written in a way that expresses what your soul yearns to say.
The processes we will explore are reflective and meditative. They will help you tap into the well of wisdom within and around you.
Each session will run approximately 2 hours.
What to Expect Each Week…
Week 1: Calling upon Our Nature Connection
We will introduce ourselves to one another and each set our intention for these four weeks of exploration. We will engage our first writing experience that draws upon the gift of curiosity and our connection to the natural world. This is a writing process that invites nature to be the guide that draws you into connection with your soul’s wisdom.
Week 2: Discovering the Poem Within
We will engage in a practice that will draw out the poet within you. You will be surprised to discover that there is a poem within you that is waiting to be written. Through this guided process, we will create space for the poem to emerge.
Week 3: Expressing through the Elements
We will invite the elements of earth, wind, air and water to draw us into a time of writing that engages us creatively with the wisdom of the natural world. Through this practice, we may discover that a poem or a prayer naturally emerges.
Week 4: Writing as Adventure
We will use a Focusing writing practice that helps us follow the threads of an idea or topic that we have wanted to put into words, but may not have quite known how to do it. Through a series of questions that guide us to connect with our body’s wisdom, we will discover more and more clarity as words make their way onto the page.
What You Dance Away With…
The Writing Dance series seeks to offer you entry points into the writing process so that your soul can express itself more fully and completely.
You may use these practices to support your own personal journaling practice, poetry or memoir writing. They may help you in writing blog posts and content for your business, or they may help you get started on the book you long to write.
You will be able to use these practices to help you enter the writing dance in whatever way is calling to you.
What Others Say About The Writing Dance…
“The Writing Dance Course has taught me to not be afraid of the blank page, the easy lessons showed me ways to find my words and then even more words. Writing does not feel so daunting anymore.“
– Candace, Alberta
“The Writing Dance was an intimate and lovely experience. Kathy led us with gentleness, assurance and ease through four weeks of exploring our own particular dance with the empty page. The exercises and writing prompts she gave provided safe and solid “riverbanks” within which feelings, images and then words somehow arose inside me. Words and messages that I didn’t know were in me found their way onto the pages of my journal. These classes helped me reconnect with my creativity in a structured and gentle way. Between the writing and the sharing, this course was just right!”
– Suzanne, Ontario
“For most writers, the most daunting part is getting started. Most of us wait for inspiration while looking at a blank page. Kathy uses a variety of methods to bring the writer to an internal space and ask what might be there that wants to be written. I found this very helpful; to allow what might be ‘percolating’ inside to come forth by asking and allowing, rather than waiting for an external prompt to come to me. Kathy’s gentle and knowledgeable offering is diverse, intimate and I felt heard when I shared my writing. I would recommend this course to help anyone who needs inspiration to get started.”
-Herma, Nova Scotia
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Frequently Asked Questions…
Will the sessions be recorded?
Each session will be offered as a live workshop through Zoom. The sessions will not be recorded, so please be prepared to attend in person.
Will I be expected to share what I write?
After each session, there will be time for sharing and discussion, but there is never any expectation that you must share what you have written. In this series of workshops, we view writing is a sacred process of expression. You may share if you feel moved to do so.
How do I access the workshops?
When you enroll in the program, you will be given access to sign in to the Spirit Garden Member area. Here you will find the Zoom link for each session. Any handouts included in the program will also be found here.
I hope that you will join me in this Writing Dance series.
As we go on this adventure together, I will also share some of what has helped me develop my writing practice.
I look forward to taking this writing adventure together!