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 (5)

Word Gathering Writing Circle for Women

Online event

NOTE: Meetup is only one way to sign up for Word Gathering. If you only see one other RSVP, please know that there will be more writers there! Want to know more? Word Gathering is a supportive immersive community of women writers. You never have to share what you write. But here's what I know: the act of writing is healing. It moves the energy. It releases anxiety. Let yourself feel all of it, so you can move through it. Word Gathering is donation-based through August. If you are unable to donate, these sessions are my gift to you. If you feel called to continue to support the work of a small local creative entrepreneur, I would be grateful for any donation. You can "pay what you want" with PayPal ([masked]) or Venmo (@Holly-Holt-23), but please come either way! RSVP to receive the Zoom link. Each time we meet, we do three "writes." 1. Silent, 5 minute "Burn Page" (no prompt). I call this the Burn Page because you can write knowing you will NEVER have to share these words! 2. Write to a prompt for 15-25 minutes, share your piece (if desired), and practice giving gentle feedback. We respond with what struck us as true, what we will take with us when we leave, what we loved. ONLY. 3. Write to a prompt for 10-20 minutes, share (if desired), and practice deep listening. Our only response to this last write is “Thank you.” Signs that Word Gathering is for you: 1. You know you have something to say, but you don’t know what it is yet. 2. You want a safe space to explore your own voice. 3. You wrote poetry or kept a journal when you were younger but somehow along the way, you became convinced you that you were “wasting your time.” You want your words back. 4. You have a story inside you, but you have not committed the time to get it down on paper…yet! 5. You have put your own voice on hold for your children, your partner, your career, all the people who “need” you. 6. You crave the company of other creative, authentic women. You are hungry for this kind of connected community. 7. You identify as a writer. Or you absolutely don’t. The truth is: you are a writer because you write. RSVP to receive the Zoom link for our meeting!

Writing for Fun

Ella K. McClatchy Library

• 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!

Word Gathering Writing Circle for Women

Online event

NOTE: Meetup is only one way to sign up for Word Gathering. If you only see one other RSVP, please know that there will be more writers there! Want to know more? Word Gathering is a supportive immersive community of women writers. You never have to share what you write. But here's what I know: the act of writing is healing. It moves the energy. It releases anxiety. Let yourself feel all of it, so you can move through it. Word Gathering is donation-based. If you are unable to donate, these sessions are my gift to you. If you feel called to continue to support the work of a small local creative entrepreneur, I would be grateful for any donation. You can "pay what you want" with PayPal ([masked]) or Venmo (@Holly-Holt-23), but please come either way! RSVP to receive the Zoom link. Each time we meet, we do three "writes." 1. Silent, 5 minute "Burn Page" (no prompt). I call this the Burn Page because you can write knowing you will NEVER have to share these words! 2. Write to a prompt for 15-25 minutes, share your piece (if desired), and practice giving gentle feedback. We respond with what struck us as true, what we will take with us when we leave, what we loved. ONLY. 3. Write to a prompt for 10-20 minutes, share (if desired), and practice deep listening. Our only response to this last write is “Thank you.” Signs that Word Gathering is for you: 1. You know you have something to say, but you don’t know what it is yet. 2. You want a safe space to explore your own voice. 3. You wrote poetry or kept a journal when you were younger but somehow along the way, you became convinced you that you were “wasting your time.” You want your words back. 4. You have a story inside you, but you have not committed the time to get it down on paper…yet! 5. You have put your own voice on hold for your children, your partner, your career, all the people who “need” you. 6. You crave the company of other creative, authentic women. You are hungry for this kind of connected community. 7. You identify as a writer. Or you absolutely don’t. The truth is: you are a writer because you write. RSVP to receive the Zoom link for our meeting!

Word Gathering Writing Circle for Women

Online event

NOTE: Meetup is only one way to sign up for Word Gathering. If you only see one other RSVP, please know that there will be more writers there! Want to know more? Word Gathering is a supportive immersive community of women writers. You never have to share what you write. But here's what I know: the act of writing is healing. It moves the energy. It releases anxiety. Let yourself feel all of it, so you can move through it. Word Gathering is donation-based through August. If you are unable to donate, these sessions are my gift to you. If you feel called to continue to support the work of a small local creative entrepreneur, I would be grateful for any donation. You can "pay what you want" with PayPal ([masked]) or Venmo (@Holly-Holt-23), but please come either way! RSVP to receive the Zoom link. Each time we meet, we do three "writes." 1. Silent, 5 minute "Burn Page" (no prompt). I call this the Burn Page because you can write knowing you will NEVER have to share these words! 2. Write to a prompt for 15-25 minutes, share your piece (if desired), and practice giving gentle feedback. We respond with what struck us as true, what we will take with us when we leave, what we loved. ONLY. 3. Write to a prompt for 10-20 minutes, share (if desired), and practice deep listening. Our only response to this last write is “Thank you.” Signs that Word Gathering is for you: 1. You know you have something to say, but you don’t know what it is yet. 2. You want a safe space to explore your own voice. 3. You wrote poetry or kept a journal when you were younger but somehow along the way, you became convinced you that you were “wasting your time.” You want your words back. 4. You have a story inside you, but you have not committed the time to get it down on paper…yet! 5. You have put your own voice on hold for your children, your partner, your career, all the people who “need” you. 6. You crave the company of other creative, authentic women. You are hungry for this kind of connected community. 7. You identify as a writer. Or you absolutely don’t. The truth is: you are a writer because you write. RSVP to receive the Zoom link for our meeting!

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Writing for Fun

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