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    Kissing My Shadow
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     June 20 ~ Galveston Writing Workshop

    June 24 ~  Back Porch Writing Circle

    June 25 ~  Back Porch Summer 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




    Book a consult for Fall 2015 Circles

    CONTACT MERRILL via email form on this page to explore which circle might be right for you. If you're not contacted within 24 hours there's a glitch - please try again.




    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 ~

    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 ~


    Wednesday Circles (meet twice per month)

    MEMOIR CIRCLE: 1st and 3rd Wed  / 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. 40.00 per session

    JUST SAYIN'... 1st and 3rd Wed  / 2:00-3:30 p.m. / No previous writing experience is needed to join although comfort with journaling would be a plus. Our focus is personal story and authentic voice. All writing is done within the circle. Sharing is optional - but we hope you will. 40.00 per session.

    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 ~

    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 ~ ~ waiting list  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

    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


    Saturday Circle (meets 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. 12-3:30 p.m. ~  2021 21st Avenue South


    April 4/4
    May  5/2

    70.00 per 3.5 hour workshop / 60.00 per circle if you commit to 2 or more


    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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