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    register for wRites of Spring now!                                                                   April 26 ~ 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. ~ Art and Soul

    Facilitated by Merrill Farnsworth, featuring musical muses Molly Felder and Phil Madeira

    Only in Nashville do stellar musicians wander into an art studio to accompany you on a creative journey! This workshop invites writers of all levels to begin their journey with poetry or prose...   


    To join a Writing Circle:

    CONTACT MERRILL via email form on this page and set up a brief consult to explore which circle might be right for you. SCROLL DOWN FOR MENU OF CIRCLES (fees for each circle can be found in the PayPal menu below). If you are not contacted within 24 hours your email might be stuck in cyberspace - please try again.


    HOWLIN' AFTER DARK:Emerging Voices  continues on First Fridays at Howlin' Books on 8th Avenue South through May. This event is hosted by Merrill Farnsworth and Jessica Kimbrough. Join us April 4th when our theme is: Holy Fools, Common Foolishness, Second Chances / byob book browsing begins at 7 p.m.



    Tuesday Circles

    21ST AVENUE WRITING CIRCLE: 5:30-7p.m. / 1st and 3rd Tuesdays / the focus is on the creative process. All writing is done within the circle. Fiction/Creative Nonfiction. Writers in this group have previous writing experience. FILLED

    STORIES THAT MUST BE TOLD: 12-1:30 p.m. / 2nd and 4th Tuesdays / the focus is on writing prose (fiction/creative nonfiction) that feels vital within the life of the writer. All writing is done within the circle. This circle is for teachers, healing professionals, writers, and artists. Writing or journaling experience required.  Contact Merrill if interested

    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. FILLED


    Wednesday Circles

    MEMOIR ONE: 1st and 3rd Wed / 12-1:30p.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. FILLED

    JUST SAYIN'... (women’s circle) 1st and 3rd Wed / 2:45-4:15p.m. / No previous writing experience is needed to join in and write down what is on your mind. Just Sayin' seeks to free the writer to bring the truth of their experience onto the page. Various topics will be explored. All writing is done within the circle. Sharing is optional - but we hope you will. Contact Merrill if interested

    CREATIVE SANCTUARY: 1st and 3rd Weds / 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. FILLED

    MEMOIR TWO (Personal Nonfiction) 2nd and 4th Weds 2:30-4:00 p.m. / This circle is for writers who want to explore and share the complexities of life through creative nonfiction. Writers in this circle are engaged in active journaling and/or blogging. One possible opening - contact Merrill if interested.   

    WRITING INSIDE OUT (women’s circle) 2nd and 4th Weds 6:30-8:30p.m. Writers of all levels come to this circle to fearlessly explore and share their most authentic Self through poetry and prose. Various themes are explored. All writing is done within the circle. FILLED


    Thursday Circles

    PLAYING WITH FIRE / MEMOIR:  1st and 3rd Thursdays 5-6:30p.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

    PLAYING WITH FIRE / FICTION:  1st and 3rd Thursdays 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


    Saturday Circle

    NEW: SATURDAY WRITING CIRCLE: This circle is for those who want to bring in pages of original poetry or prose for review, as well as create new writing in the circle (incorporating various prompts to inspire your muse). FILLED

    The cost for each three hour Saturday Circle is 60.00 (payable at each session) ~ (discount available for those who pay for all three circles on March 8).


    NOTE: Circles run in cycles - when you sign up for a circle you are commtting 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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