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What's calling for your creative attention? This group is for people who want to connect with the stories they carry. Writing circles are gatherings at Voice & Vessel (, my writing studio in Grand Rapids. During each circle, I'll share readings (poems, essays, etc.), writing prompts, and creative practices that invite reflection and help us find our voice on the page.

I'm Emily Stoddard, a writer and Certified Leader of the Amherst Writers & Artists Method ( I'll use the method in our circles, and we'll also take cues from reflective writing, journaling, and contemplative writing. All voices, journeys/backgrounds, and experience levels are invited!

Want to get a sense of what it's like to write with me? I share a free writing journey with anyone who signs up for my studio letters. It's called Seven Invitations, and it includes some of my favorite writing prompts for facing the empty page. Get a copy here:

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