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    Mercyland Song&Writing Workshop@LaughingHeartLodge    
    Hot Springs,NC 7/17-21 (sidebar menu)

    Nashville ~ 8/5/16 ~ Art and Soul ~ 7-9 P.M.

    Crazy Brave: Summer Writing Workshop
    Nashville 8/7/16 (sidebar menu)

    Dream Writing: Gulf Coast Writing Retreat
    Carillon, FL 1/17-21 2017

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    Tuesday Circles (meet twice per month)

    21ST AVENUE WRITING CIRCLE: 5:30-7 p.m. / 1st and 3rd Tuesdays / Our focus is the creative process. Many writers from this circle are featured in the Howlin’ After Dark Emerging Voices series. All writing is done within the circle. Fiction/Creative Nonfiction. Writers in this group have previous writing experience.  40.00 per session ~ FILLED (contact Merrill for waiting list)
    begins 3rd Tuesday of September

    TRUE CONFESSIONS (women’s group): 6:30-8:30 p.m. / 2nd and 4th Tuesdays / the focus in this circle is to write from a deep and authentic place. Various topics will be explored. All writing is done within the circle. No writing experience required although comfort with journaling a plus.   50.00 per session  50.00 per session ~ FILLED (contact Merrill for waiting list)
    begins 2nd Tuesday of September


    Wednesday Circles (meet twice per month)
    (evening circles are women's groups)

    MEMOIR CIRCLE: 1st and 3rd Wed ~ 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. ~ Explore personal story via the senses. Sight, sound, scent, touch and taste are portals into creative nonfiction. This circle explores new meanings that can be found within old stories. Memory and imagination take the writer into universal themes of life's odyssey. All writing is done within the circle. FILLED
    40.00 per session ~  begins 3rd Wednesday of September

    Fearless Writing: (all voices welcome)
    2nd and 4th Weds  ~ tba
    ~  If you have stories, thoughts and feelings searching for a place to surface this circle is a confidential space to explore your Uncensored Self. Free-writing brings words to the surface. Your voice puts truth into the circle. All writing levels welcome.  Wednesday afternoon / time TBA

    CREATIVE SANCTUARY: 1st and 3rd Wed ~ 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. ~  This circle creates a safe space for women in the healing professions to explore the complexities of life and the depth of personal story through poetry and prose.  All writing is done within the circle.  50.00 per session ~ FILLED (contact Merrill for waiting list) ~ begins 3rd Wednesday of September

    ILLUMINATIONS: Essay, Memoir, Musing (Writing Circle for healing professionals, advocates, artists, teachers,clergy) 1st and 3rd Weds ~ tba ~ Give your muse a chance to illuminate facets of your experience and passion. This circle creates an oasis to explore the art and inspiration of your chosen path, or simply write uncensored in a confidential space. All writing levels welcome. Writings are shared. Brief reflections offered. 50.00 per session ~ Wednesday afternoons - time tba

    Write Like Jazz  2nd and 4th Wednesdays  ~ 6:30 P.M.- 8:30 P.M. Writing is inspired by the collective energy of the circle. We’ll play with writing prompts & visual images to connect with memory and imagination.  Works of creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry rise as pen meets paper. This is a place to experience writing from the raw place of now. As we share, we listen for common threads of experience. Must play well with others, love the creative process, trust yourself and others, be willing to follow your muse. (Schedule a writing consult with Merrill before registering) Begins 2nd Wed of Sept ~ 50.00 per session


    note: this is a creative writing circle not a dream analysis group
    (although insights into the dream often occur) ~ 


    Thursday Circles (meet twice per month)

    PLAYING WITH FIRE / MEMOIR:  1st and 3rd Thursdays  / 5-6:30 p.m. / This circle is limited to four writers who bring in pages of personal nonfiction to be read to the circle. Each writer receives thoughtful reflection from the group. This circle creates a safe and confidential space to share personal story. 50.00 per session ~  FILLED

    PLAYING WITH FIRE / FICTION:  1st and 3rd Thursdays / 6:40-8:40 p.m. / This circle is for writers working on projects for publication. Writers bring in excerpts from new pages created between circles and writer receives insights the "flashpoints" found within their stories. In the second half of the circle, writers create new pages from these flashpoints. 50.00 per session ~ FILLED (contact Merrill for waiting list) begins 1st Thursday of February


    Saturday/Sunday Circles (once per month - dates tba)
    Weekend Writing Circles are for writers who want to bring in pages of original poetry or prose for monthly for review, as well as create new writing in the circle (incorporating various prompts to inspire your muse). Many writers in this circle desire a safe and structured place to share and create. Some writers have works in progress, which they hope to complete by doing the work of sharing, reviewing and writing within the circle.12:30-3:30 p.m. ~ dates tba


    NOTE: Most circles run cycles of 6-8 sessions - when you sign up for a circle you are committing to the entire series with "one free miss" incorporated into each cycle. Payment for each session is payable at time of session via cash, check or credit card. Discount available for those wishing to pay entire balance at the first session.


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