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    Hot Springs, NC
    ~ July 28-31

    Saturday Memoir Session

    We Are Stardust
    Poetry Night@Shimai Art Gallery Highway 100 ~ 8/18/17 ~ 7-9 P.M.

    Stories of The Fall
    open mic poetry/mirco prose /October/time&location tba

    MERCYLAND Songwriter Workshop w/Phil Madeira
    Nashville ~ January 4-8 2018
      (six more spaces open)

    Write! Breathe! Crazy Brave w/Tobi Fishel
    Nashville ~ 1/26/18 ~ 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. 
    location tba



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                                                          Spring Session ends in May

    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)

    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)


    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.

    Voices Rising: (NEW CIRCLE: all voices welcomeNot Scheduled for March 
    1st and 3rd Weds 
    If you have stories, thoughts or feelings searching for a safe place to surface this circle welcomes you. Writing prompts bring words to the surface. Make time to shout hallelujah (broken or otherwise) and let your voice be heard. All writing levels welcome. 45.00 per circle.

    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)

    ILLUMINATIONS: Essay, Memoir, Musing ~  Not Scheduled for March
    Writing Circle for healing professionals, advocates, artists, teachers,clergy ~ tba ~  This circle creates an oasis to explore the art and inspiration of your chosen path - or simply write uncensored in a confidential space. Prompts provided. All writing levels welcome. Writings shared. Brief reflections offered. 50.00 per session

    Improvisational Writing 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. Closed ~ waiting list forming (Schedule a writing consult with Merrill before registering) 50.00 per session


    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


    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 in cycles of 6-8 sessions - when you sign up for a circle you are committing to pay for the entire series. You may "pay as you go" if needed. Payment for each session payable at time of session via cash, check or credit card. Writers are asked to respect the honor code of paying for missed sessions (talk to Merrill if you have circumstances that require - "one free miss").


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