Creative Writing Workshop: The Further Shore
So you want to write about a bigger topic… the bigger topic.
In this workshop we’ll use writing as a tool to explore dying, loss, and the bittersweet corners of the experience of mortality. Together, we’ll excavate our feelings and beliefs around this huge topic with honesty and compassion in a community of people who actually want to talk about it too. With pens in hand, we’ll ask the big questions, tell the hard stories, and explore what it means to die, and also what it means to live.
We’ll meet in person every other week for eight sessions (sixteen weeks) with our notebooks and minds open. Each class will be loosely tied to a theme, which we’ll explore through guided writing exercises and sharing. We’ll write lots and share our work as we create it for kind, supportive feedback from the group. Each participant will also have the chance to prepare one piece at home to bring to the class for deeper (but still wildly supportive) feedback. There will be tea, snacks, laughter (yes, laughter) and meaningful homework in between sessions.
This class is ideal for people who:
~ Are curious about exploring different perspectives about death and dying, whether they’ve had any direct experience with death or not.
~ Have an urge to write about the end of life, but don’t want to do it alone.
~ Love the idea of a bi-weekly creative date with a small group of others who aren’t afraid to face the complicated stuff.
~ Feel ready (though maybe a little scared) to share personal writing.
~ Are genuinely open to listening to and giving supportive feedback to other writers whose experiences and perspectives about death may be very different from their own.
~ Are comfortable with tears and Kleenex, and don’t turn away when they read words like “morgue”.
~ Love a good homemade cookie.
You can expect to walk away with:
~ Lots of new writing that you didn’t expect to create.
~ A renewed sense of your writing voice and the breadth of your material.
~ A more complex hold on your own values and beliefs around death and dying.
~ New friends who are on the same path.
~ Creative courage.
This workshop won’t give you:
~ Grief counseling or advice on how to handle loss. While sharing your thoughts on death might have a therapeutic impact, this class isn’t working from a therapeutic framework, and isn’t a bereavement group.
~ Critique or competition. We’re all about the love.
~ Any kind of judgment about your personal beliefs of death and dying.
~ Rules on how to write. We’ll work on developing your writing skills but we don’t subscribe to the idea that there’s only one way to create powerful work.
~ All the answers.
Why Britt? (A note from Britt.)
I believe that we don’t always get to choose what we’re pulled to write about. Death is a topic that often comes up in my writing. And I know I’m not alone. Still, I often hear my clients talk about how they feel like they’re “too much” when they share stories about dying. I want to make a class that’s a safe place for people like me who long to explore those bigger topics without holding back.
In my daily life I find myself talking about death a lot. When I’m not a writing coach, I am a bereavement group facilitator and a hospice volunteer. I’ve also completed training as a Life Cycle Celebrant, specializing in writing and officiating funeral ceremonies. Connecting with people about death and having the conversations no one is having is important to me. Bringing that together with writing is honestly a dream come true. I am deeply excited and humbled to be able to lead this group.
Bi-Weekly – 8 Monday Evenings, 7pm – 9:45pm – This session is FULL
January 15 – April 30 (January 15, 29, February 12, 26, March 12, 26, April 16, 30)
At the Firefly Studio with Britt
The total fee for the in-house class is $525. When you sign up you’ll be asked for a $200 deposit to confirm your spot. The balance will be due one week before class starts. You’ll also have the option of breaking your balance into four monthly credit card payments of $81.25. There’s no extra fee for this service; we just like being able to offer it.
We don’t want money to be a barrier to participation for our classes, but we know it can be. This is especially true for people facing marginalization. We have a small scholarship fund available, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis for anyone who needs it. Please let us know in your registration form if you’d like to apply. On the other hand if you’re able to contribute to our scholarship fund, click here.
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