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SUMMER WRITING CIRCLES AND EVENTS
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June 20 ~ Galveston Writing Workshop
June 24 ~ *Back Porch Summer Circle
June 25 ~ *Summer Writing Circle Salon
June 26 ~ Open Mic Poetry Night@Art and Soul Studio
July 10 ~ Writing Workshop@WildGooseFestival
July 11 ~ Kissing My Shadow@WildGooseFestival
July 12-16 ~ Mercyland Songwriter Workshop@LaughingHeartLodge
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MENU OF WRITING CIRCLES
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. 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)
MEMOIR CIRCLE: 1st and 3rd Wed / 12-1:30 p.m. / Explore personal story via Seven Senses:
sight, sound, scent, touch, taste, intution and silence 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.
40.00 per session ~ begins 3rd Wednesday of September
A Year of Writing Dangerously: 1st and 3rd Wed / 2-3:30
Why can it feel “dangerous” to express true thoughts and feelings? While it's true what we think and feel occasionally “gets us in trouble” – more often trouble comes from projecting a false image into the world. We become skilled imposters, creating confusion as to who we are and what we want. This circle is a safe place to explore truth in a confidential space. Writing brings your words to the surface. Your voice puts truth into the circle. The circle reflects the gift of your uncensored Self. All voices and writing levels welcome.
Begins 3rd Wednesday of September ~ 50.00 per session ~This circle will continue into 2016
CREATIVE SANCTUARY: 1st and 3rd Wed / 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 ~ FILLED (contact Merrill for waiting list) ~ begins 3rd Wednesday of September
ILLUMINATIONS: Essays and Reflections (Writing Circle for Healing Professionals) 2nd and 4th Wed / 1-2:30 (note: time may be shifted to accommodate participant schedules). This is a new circle for therapists and other healing professionals. It may be time for you to begin shaping poems, reflections or essays that illuminate various facets of your wisdom, experience and passion - or to explore the art and mystery of your chosen path. All writing levels welcome. Each session begins with a brief Creative Inquiry, inviting images/thoughts/questions into the circle. Inquires will be integrated into writing prompts. Writings are shared. Brief reflections offered. 50.00 per session ~ begins 2nd Wed of September
DREAM WRITING: 2nd and 4th Wed / 6:30-8:30 p.m. / Writers and dreamers are welcome to join this circle where images found in dreams become prompts for poetry and prose. In each circle one person shares a dream they feel comfortable presenting as a "jumping off point" for a writing session. Others in the circle identify elements from the dream that inspire fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, poetry or a personal exploration into active imagination. 50.00 per session ~ ~ FILLED (contact Merrill for waiting list) ~ begins 2nd Wednesday of September
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 ~ one space open (consult required)
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)
Saturday/Sunday Circles (once per month - see below dates)
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 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. ~
2021 21st Avenue South ~ FALL 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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