What we're about

"Free association is a practice in which an individual is encouraged to freely share thoughts, random words, and anything else that comes to mind... This technique is intended to help them learn more about what they think and feel, in an atmosphere of non-judgmental curiosity and acceptance...When used in this spirit...nobody knows in advance exactly where the conversation will lead, but it tends to lead to material that matters very much..."

Welcome to the Minneapolis Free Association Writer's Circle!

This group is open to ALL writers, no matter your background or experience.

Free Association Writing, which may also be described as Stream-of-Consciousness writing, asks you to set your ego aside for a moment and write freely.

A stark contrast to more structured writing groups or workshops, at MplsFAWC, we only ask that you arrive prepared to get creative with your words: unrestricted, uncensored, free. We aim to provide a safe space where writers can let their minds unleash whatever powerful, mundane, unusual or even unexpected thoughts that decide to pop up. Our hope is to break apart your writer's block, shake loose your thoughts, and give you a little bit of freedom to play with your words in a creative & energized space.

Each meetup will be loosely structured, to follow the Free Association spirit:

• We'll start with writer introductions and a brief overview of Free Association for newcomers.

• We'll then take approximately 30 minutes to free associate through writing. Please bring pen and paper for this. Prompts will be provided at the beginning for anyone who wishes to use them as a jumping-off point, though this is not required.

• After, we'll make time to allow each person to share any and all of their writing, if they wish. Sharing is always welcome but never mandatory.

We look forward to free associating with you!

>>The cost of this group is paid for out-of-pocket by me, your organizer. If you enjoy this meet up, please consider making a financial contribution (https://secure.meetup.com/Mpls-Free-Association-Writers-Circle/contribute/) to help us "keep the lights on." Thank you!<<

Please note: I am not a licensed Psychotherapist and this writer's circle is not intended to provide group or individual therapy services. This group is not a replacement for any kind of mental health services. It is intended for community-building, creative writing, and mostly importantly, it is intended for FUN. That being said, I hope you find the experience beneficial - cathartic, even - and that you continue to join us as often as you can.

Upcoming events (2)

VIRTUAL EVENT: Free Association Writer's Circle no. 142

Northeast Library

Join us on Zoom for this virtual writing session. You must register in advance for this meeting on the Zoom website! Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApcOmspjstEtcmatA01lnoNWONsNeR7q8f After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting, including the password you'll need to get in. "See" you there! -------------------- Come write with us at this free association writer's circle -- from the comfort and safety of your own home. At this virtual group, we will introduce ourselves and explain the concept of free association for those who are unfamiliar. Following that, we'll do an extended free association writing session together for about 30 minutes. We'll then take a little time afterward to share our writing. Sharing is always optional, never required! -------------------- Some notes about virtual meetings: * during the writing portion, please MUTE your own microphone, but keep your computer speakers ON so that you can hear when we announce the end of the writing time. * obviously, a coffee shop visit isn't happening at this time. but if you want to hang around and chat as a group, we'd love to hang out with you!

Free Association Writer's Circle no. 143

East Lake Library

Come write with us at this free association writer's circle! At this group, we will do some writer introductions and discuss the concept of free association for those who are unfamiliar. Following that, we'll do an extended free association writing session together for about 30 minutes. We'll then take a little time afterward to share our writing. Sharing is always optional, never required! After we're done, we invite writers who are interested to join us for coffee and conversation at a nearby coffee shop. All you need for this Meetup is a pen/pencil, paper, and the desire to write. Computers are welcome, too!

Past events (140)

VIRTUAL EVENT: Free Association Writer's Circle no. 141

Northeast Library

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