MENU OF FALL CIRCLES POSTED BELOW
CONTACT MERRILL via email form on this page and set up a brief consult to explore which circle might be right for you. If you are not contacted within 24 hours your email might be stuck in cyberspace - please try again. If you are a current Writing Circle member and wish to register for a Fall Circle - choose the circle you want to attend then contact Merrill to make sure there is still an opening.
note: Fall Writing Circles meet either 1st and 3rd weeks of each month or 2nd and 4th weeks of each month. See below information to know when your circle begins.
MENU OF FALL WRITING CIRCLE SERIES OFFERINGS:
Tuesday Circles (meet twice per month)
21ST AVENUE WRITING CIRCLE: 5:30-7 p.m. / 1st and 3rd Tuesdays / Our focus is on 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. FILLED (contact Merrill to be on the waiting list to attend when regular writers are out of town). 40.00 per session BEGINS 9/16
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 BEGINS 9/9 FILLED
Wednesday Circles (meet twice per month)
MEMOIR CIRCLE: 1st and 3rd Wed (begins 3rd week of September) / 12-1:30 p.m. / Explore your personal story. 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.40.00 per session BEGINS 9/17 FILLED
JUST SAYIN'... 2nd and 4th Wed (begins 4th week of September) / 2:00-3:30 p.m. / No previous writing experience is needed to join although comfort with journaling would be a plus. This season will focus on personal story and authentic voice. All writing is done within the circle. Sharing is optional - but we hope you will. 40.00 per session BEGINS 9/24
CREATIVE SANCTUARY: 1st and 3rd Wed (begins 3rd week of September) / 6:30-8:30 / 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 BEGINS 9/17 FILLED
DREAM WRITING: 2nd and 4th Weds (begins 2nd week of September) / 6:30-8:30 p.m. / Writers and dreamers are welcome to join this circle where images found in dreams become prompts to create poetry and prose. In each session one person shares a dream (past or present). Others in the circle identify elements from the dream that inspire imagination and insight for their own writing. All writing is done in the circle. Sharing is optional – but we hope you will. 50.00 per session BEGINS 9/24 (one space open)
Thursday Circles (meet twice per month)
PLAYING WITH FIRE / MEMOIR: 1st and 3rd Thursdays (begins 3rd week of September) / 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. Contact Merrill if interested in this therapeutic memoir circle 50.00 per session BEGINS 9/18
PLAYING WITH FIRE / FICTION: 1st and 3rd Thursdays (begins 3rd week of September) / 6:40-8:40 p.m. / This circle is for writers working on projects for publication. Various creative writing experiences take place within the first hour of each circle. Writers also bring in new pages (1200 words) created between circles to read to the group. Each writer receives insights on "flashpoints" found within their stories to urge them toward deeper levels of creativity. FILLED 50.00 per session BEGINS 9/18
Fall Saturday Circle (meets once per month): 10/4, 11/1, 12/6
This circle is 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 who sign up for this circle have works in progress, which they hope to complete by doing the work of sharing, reviewing and writing within the circle.
12-3:30 p.m. ~ First Saturday of each month ~ 21st Avenue South
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER/DECEMBER ~ 70..00 per session / 60.00 per circle if you commit to 2 or more
NOTE: Most circles run cycles of 5-7 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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