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Write for Your Life Workshops

A Write for Your Life retreat at the spectacular Ghost Ranch, New Mexico!

January 26-31, 2020

 Join me in this lively, in-depth writing retreat at the spectacular Ghost Ranch, a 21,000-acre renowned retreat and education center located near Abiquiú in northern New Mexico, where Georgia O’Keeffe lived and painted.

The workshop is based on the acclaimed Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method developed by Pat Schneider, described in her book, “Writing Alone and With Others” (Oxford University Press), and offered by more than 1,000 workshop and retreat leaders internationally.

Participants in the retreat foster a community of support, enabling you to write freely and go deep. Unique to this workshop is that we will write in community in a setting that supports creative risks. Participants write in response to suggested prompts, and receive feedback on what is strong and memorable in their first-draft writing. No criticism, suggestion, or question is directed toward the writer in response to first-draft, just-written work; however, there will be time for manuscript reviews, with balanced feedback, if requested. Confidentiality is paramount, the leader writes along with the group, and the teaching of craft is taken seriously.

The effect of an AWA retreat on a writer may be immediate or can be subtle and long-term. Beginning writers or those beginning again will find the encouragement and safety they need to let authentic voices emerge. Writers who understand their artistic process will find an opportunity to achieve a different tone or experiment with a new aspect of craft in a supportive environment. The leader is a witness to the developing skill in each writer and the confidence that can come with being heard.

We’ll work together each day and take time in the afternoons to rest and relax amidst Ghost-Ranch’s breathtaking natural beauty.

 

Write To Heal: A FREE writing workshop based on (but not limited by) the life-changing diagnosis of cancer

This workshop is sponsored by the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico, and will meet at the Foundation’s office:
3005 S. St. Francis Dr., Suite 3-B, Santa Fe.

Eight Tuesdays: October 8 through November 26.  1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

The intent of this group for cancer patients and survivors is to experience “Expressive Writing” as a way of healing. While writing may not cure, it can heal, according to scientific studies. Writing with others on parallel paths will be our avenue to reclaim our voices, and reconnect with our lives. Everyone is welcome: if you have never written, or if you have always written.

Registration is required and space is limited.

If you have not worked with me before, please send me a few lines about yourself.

Fall Write for Your Life Workshop for Everyone:

Jumpstart your writing, Juice up your creativity in this small-group lively workshop based on the acclaimed Amherst Writers & Artists method

6 Thursdays: October 10 – November 14, 2019. 4:00 – 6:30 or 7 pm

Write with others in a small, safe and lively group based on the acclaimed Amherst Writers & Artists method  Together we foster a community of support enabling you to write freely and go deep: writing in response to suggested prompts, building trust in your unique voice, receiving feedback on what’s strong in your first-draft writing. We will also make time for manuscript review with balanced feedback, if requested. All are welcome: beginners, those beginning again, and experienced writers. We meet in a comfortable home less than a mile from the Santa Fe Plaza. Healthy snacks provided (because writing takes energy!) 

Cost: $275, with a $25 deposit.

Refunds: Deposits are nonrefundable except in cases of medical emergency. However, you may choose to apply your deposit to a future workshop.

Workshop fees are nonrefundable after the second meeting of a group (except, as above, in cases of medical emergency). Please contact me after the first meeting if you are thinking you may not want to continue with that group. Prior to the second meeting of a group, if you are not able to continue with the group, I will refund your workshop fee, minus your deposit.  If I have to cancel a workshop, I will return all fees (including deposits). Or you may choose to apply your deposit/payments to a future workshop.

If you have not worked with me before, please send me a few lines about yourself.

Join me and other writerly companions in one of my workshops:

6-week-long workshops for anyone who wishes to write
Saturday day-longs for anyone who wishes to write
Workshops for cancer survivors, specifically using writing as a way of healing

In all workshops, we write with others in a small group. Together we foster a safe and supportive community enabling participants to write freely and go deep: writing in response to suggested prompts, building trust among the group and in our unique voices, receiving feedback on what’s strong in our first-draft writing. If requested, we also make time for manuscript review with balanced feedback. 

I use the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method in all workshops. AWA is a network of affiliates who are leading writing workshops throughout the United States and in nine countries worldwide. Writers who have used the AWA method have published major works and won top awards in the U.S., Canada, and Ireland. 

All are welcome in my workshops: beginning writers, those beginning again, and experienced writers will generate new material here. Workshops meet in my comfortable home less than a mile from the Santa Fe Plaza. Healthy snacks are always provided.

Writer's workshop

Upcoming Write for your Life Workshops

Write To Heal workshop for Cancer Survivors
October 8 through November 26, 2019
Fall Workshop for Everyone
October 10 – November 14, 2019

Write for Your Life at Ghost Ranch retreat, New Mexico
January 26-31, 2020

“Joanne’s workshop was just what I needed to begin chronicling my story. She is wonderfully supportive and affirming, and her writing prompts helped get me past my fear and reluctance. I wasn’t sure what writing with others would be like — I loved it, loved hearing others’ work, and so appreciated the positive feedback.”

D. B.

Santa Fe

“I came to understand the power of writing in community for the first time. Write for your Life is an apt title for the workshop: I think all of us felt the pull to write for our lives, and the workshop gave us a safe, caring place to do just that.”

D.D.

Oakland