What we're about

Sacramento Creative Writing workshops are here to support you, inspire you, to connect you with other writers, and to free your writing voice. Let's gather and write, write, write.

Each time we meet, you will receive:

+ The support and guidance of an experienced group facilitator

+ A comfortable, quiet space to sit and write

+ Writing prompts intended to jump start fresh, new, first-draft writing

+ A writing environment where everyone can feel safe and respected

+ Inspiration to listen deeply to your own voice and write about what matters to you

What to Expect

Writing: A typical two-hour workshop will include two "writes"

Sharing: You will be invited to read your writing out loud, but this is optional. You may pass at anytime.

Responding: We respond to just-written first drafts with positive feedback, not criticism. This builds trust and self confidence and helps us grow as writers and human beings. When a writer reads aloud, we respond very specifically with:

what we like

what stays with us

what is strong

Note: Everything shared in the workshop is confidential.

We look forward to meeting you!

Upcoming events (4+)

Write, Read, Listen

Online event

Come sample the AWA writing practice. Enjoy a short meditation, the sharing of a powerful poem and sometimes a warmup exercise. Then, do a short timed writing to a prompt with the option to read aloud. In an intimate community of support, we encourage each other to experiment, play, take risks, be brave. We affirm that everyone has a strong, unique voice and creative genius. That a writer is someone who writes.

The Meditation Journal

Online event

Come as you are. I’ll lead a guided mindfulness meditation to help you anchor your attention in the present moment. Then from a place of calm and spacious awareness, we will write together in silence. Nothing will be read aloud, no feedback will be offered, simply guided meditation and free writing. (No charge)

Writing for Fun

Online event

• What we'll do
Participants will be invited to write in response to prompts provided by the facilitator. These will be short writes of 10 to 15 minutes (unless the group wishes more or less time). Per the AWA model, people may choose to read aloud their written pieces, or not. The goal is to enjoy the writing and not worry about style, grammar or punctuation. Pen to paper and see what rises to the top.

• What to bring
Paper, pen, water bottle if desired.

• Important to know
This is a positive experience following the AWA model. All work is assumed to be fiction (although it may actually be based on experiences). All references to writings will be "the writer" avoiding personal "you." Any feedback from group members will be about what the listener liked about the piece, what was strong and what stayed with the listener. Have fun with writing!

Write, Read, Listen

Online event

Come sample the AWA writing practice. Enjoy a short meditation, the sharing of a powerful poem and sometimes a warmup exercise. Then, do a short timed writing to a prompt with the option to read aloud. In an intimate community of support, we encourage each other to experiment, play, take risks, be brave. We affirm that everyone has a strong, unique voice and creative genius. That a writer is someone who writes.

Past events (515)

The Meditation Journal

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