What we're about

Write to Choose You is a generative, stream of consciousness writing group. Write through creative blocks and life’s challenges with compassionate weekly workshops that activate your emotional truth through theme-based readings and prompts.

• This workshop is good for:
* Anyone drawn to exploring their life through story
* Artists wanting to remove creative blocks
* Anyone who wants to release emotional pain
* Anyone yearning to learn more about themselves

Weekly workshops include:
A 5-minute guided self-compassionate meditation that connects you to your intuition
Short, theme-based readings (from articles, essays, poetry, scientific studies, short stories, novel and memoir excerpts)
Two, 2-minute writing warmups
One, 10-minute writing exercise

Experience how individual (and optional) readings to compassionate listeners validates your truth. Witness how intimate groups cultivate community after sharing personal experiences.

Access to Write To Choose You Facebook group to share stories and encouragement

There is a $20 suggested donation.

If you can't make it to Aurora, Colorado, on Thursday nights, I guide an online workshop every Wednesday night. You can register at www.WritetoChooseYou.com.

Testimonials

“Without a doubt this group is the best and healthiest thing I do for me, every week. The name of the group is right on! Years ago, many more than I want to count at this point in my life, I wrote a lot and then I stopped. I saw this meetup and thought it might be too far away but the inner Pierre pushed me to go and now missing a week is not easy and the drive becomes a time to ready myself for the dive into my inner being that Marta gently and exquisitely leads me to. Marta begins with a very deep and intuitive meditation that brings all the yous into alignment and then reads selected pieces to ready us for each free form writing. You just can't miss because whatever comes out will be magic. And the people who come are supportive and a joy to be around and listen to. So if you ever think that you need to touch base with the real inner you then take a Thursday evening off and come and Write To Choose You. It truly is magic.” ~ Guy De Pierre

“When I first started to attend the Write to Choose You Writing workshop, I felt intimidated and felt that I could not write. We were told that there is no judgement and Marta, the facilitator, spoke about a Stream of Consciousness writing style. In the beginning, I was “in my head” and felt there were certain ideas that I needed to write based on my “left brain” thinking. I was frustrated and judged myself. By the second class, I understood that I just needed to let go and write . . . no judgement, no left brain thinking . . . just let go, which has been very therapeutic. The structure of the course and the readings gathered by Marta touched me deeply and helped me to let go more and more with each class. Thank you, Marta for helping me to be able to move into a ‘Stream of Consciousness’ way of writing.” ~ Shira Reiss

Scientific proof that expressive writing heals:
* Of 107 asthma and rheumatoid arthritis patients, 65% found that expressive writing helped them get better, and also kept them from getting worse. Journal of the American Medical Association

* By helping people manage and learn from negative experiences, writing strengthens their immune systems as well as their minds. American Psychological Association

* Expressive writing is the cornerstone of wellness. Psychology Today

* “Writing scores of poems and countless pieces throughout my cancer battle softened the blow of what was going on around me,” Amy Barta, cancer survivor

* “Memoir is a powerful medium for emotional growth and healing. Students make meaning out of their pasts, and to reflect upon, come to terms with, and move beyond experiences that haunt them.” Amy Purevsuren, a teacher who uses writing workshops to help traumatized students

* The study Expressive Writing as a Therapeutic Process for Drug Dependent Women showed that expressive writing reduced post-traumatic symptom severity, depression, and anxiety. The National Institute of Health

* A study based on cognitive processing therapy showed significant reduction in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and significant reductions in psychological and physical symptoms—just by writing.

* “Writing about upsetting things influences our basic values, our daily thinking patterns, and our feelings about ourselves.” James W. Pennebaker Ph.D., originator of expressive writing, Regents Centennial Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, and author of Opening Up by Writing It Down

* “When we allow our emotional bodies to respond to art, others, and to the world, we offer the most powerful force we carry to shape our world into a more compassionate place.” Charlene Jones, author of Medicine Buddha/Medicine Mind

About Marta Lane

Since 2010, Marta has contributed hundreds of articles to local, regional and national publications. You can check out her clips (https://martalane.com/clips/), and resume (https://martalane.com/marta-lane-resume/), which include clients such as San Francisco Chronicle, Taste Cooking, and Edible Hawaiian Islands. She began her freelance writing career while living in Hawaii for eight years, where she specialized in food and authored a restaurant guidebook and app (https://martalane.com/book/).

You can read about her writing services (https://martalane.com/services/) and education (https://martalane.com/marta-lane-resume/), but a few highlights include a four-day memoir master class taught by Luis Alberto Urrea, an award-winning and best-selling poet, novelist and essayist. Marta was one of 10 people who created the 2016 Kauai Writers Festival, and was a personal essay judge for the 2018 International Association of Culinary Professionals.

In 2012, while writing two regular columns for Midweek Kauai—one on restaurants and one on farming—she founded Tasting Kauai, a food tour company. She moved back to her home state of Colorado in 2017 to help her then 87-year-old parents, and sold Tasting Kauai in 2018.

Today, Marta’s passion is people. She still loves food, but she’s turned her attention to facilitating writing workshops that connect participants to their intuition. She developed Write to Choose You (https://writetochooseyou.com/landing-page/) in 2018, while working on a memoir about how writing essays healed her childhood trauma.

Marta is a gratitude practitioner and kindness crusader who doesn’t make a decision without consulting her intuition. She was introduced to yin yoga and meditation in 2004, to alleviate panic attacks. Her practice is a blend of yin yoga, meditation and journaling, which enables her to tap into her true self and live an authentic life.

Write to Choose You combines Marta’s passion for making the world a better place with her journalistic objectivity, interviewing experience, classic storytelling methods and personal growth techniques. Her writing workshops help people get clear about what they do and why they do it; who they are and who they want to be; what they tolerate and why they tolerate it; what they’ve lost and what they’ve found; what they’ve destroyed and what they’ve created; what they want and what they don’t want; where they have been and where they are going.

“I am a spiritual seeker who asked myself these questions through writing, and it healed me,” she says. “I enjoy bringing that to others by being a compassionate vessel that opens people to themselves. I want people to matter to themselves. I want people to feel like they matter to others, because they do.”

Marta believes each of us are busy moving from one moment to the next, holding problems, and doing the best they can. Her workshops give people permission to stop, explore their unknown terrain, discover the kind of life they’re creating, and ask if they’re ok with that.

Upcoming events (5+)

Thursday MeetUp

My Home

This workshop takes place in my home, near 6th Ave. and Airport Rd. I will message you the address after you RSVP. 6 pm - introductions and open meditation 6:15 - first two minute reading and write 6:40 - second two minute reading and write 7 - intermission 7:15 - 10-minute reading and write 8:30 - workshop ends Bring snacks to share during intermission if you like. I’ll read a piece of inspirational literature relevant to this week’s theme, then we’ll do a two minute write. Next, I will read a writing prompt, which you write down, add to, and continue writing. One minute later, I will give you a second writing prompt, which you write down, add to, and continue writing. At the end of two minutes, we’ll each go around and read what we wrote (you don’t have to read if you don’t want to). The same structure applies to the second two minute write and third 10-minute write.

Thursday MeetUp

My Home

This workshop takes place in my home, near 6th Ave. and Airport Rd. I will message you the address after you RSVP. 6 pm - introductions and open meditation 6:15 - first two minute reading and write 6:40 - second two minute reading and write 7 - intermission 7:15 - 10-minute reading and write 8:30 - workshop ends Bring snacks to share during intermission if you like. I’ll read a piece of inspirational literature relevant to this week’s theme, then we’ll do a two minute write. Next, I will read a writing prompt, which you write down, add to, and continue writing. One minute later, I will give you a second writing prompt, which you write down, add to, and continue writing. At the end of two minutes, we’ll each go around and read what we wrote (you don’t have to read if you don’t want to). The same structure applies to the second two minute write and third 10-minute write.

Thursday MeetUp

My Home

This workshop takes place in my home, near 6th Ave. and Airport Rd. I will message you the address after you RSVP. 6 pm - introductions and open meditation 6:15 - first two minute reading and write 6:40 - second two minute reading and write 7 - intermission 7:15 - 10-minute reading and write 8:30 - workshop ends Bring snacks to share during intermission if you like. I’ll read a piece of inspirational literature relevant to this week’s theme, then we’ll do a two minute write. Next, I will read a writing prompt, which you write down, add to, and continue writing. One minute later, I will give you a second writing prompt, which you write down, add to, and continue writing. At the end of two minutes, we’ll each go around and read what we wrote (you don’t have to read if you don’t want to). The same structure applies to the second two minute write and third 10-minute write.

Thursday MeetUp

My Home

This workshop takes place in my home, near 6th Ave. and Airport Rd. I will message you the address after you RSVP. 6 pm - introductions and open meditation 6:15 - first two minute reading and write 6:40 - second two minute reading and write 7 - intermission 7:15 - 10-minute reading and write 8:30 - workshop ends Bring snacks to share during intermission if you like. I’ll read a piece of inspirational literature relevant to this week’s theme, then we’ll do a two minute write. Next, I will read a writing prompt, which you write down, add to, and continue writing. One minute later, I will give you a second writing prompt, which you write down, add to, and continue writing. At the end of two minutes, we’ll each go around and read what we wrote (you don’t have to read if you don’t want to). The same structure applies to the second two minute write and third 10-minute write.

Past events (8)

Thursday MeetUp

My Home

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