writer & theatre artist
Bloom: 21 days of timed writing
Thursday June 22 - Wednesday July 12, 2023
Let’s Write sessions on Tuesday July 4, 7 - 9 p.m. EST &
Sunday July 9, 1 - 3 p.m. EST
“Writing is one of the ways I participate in transformation.”
Toni Cade Bambara
Start summer with renewed devotion to your creative writing practice. Join a community of writers, moving our pens, hearts and imaginations for 21 days. In your inbox each morning you will receive a prompt and invitation to write for a set amount of time. When, where, and what you write is up to you!
Two Let’s Write sessions will be offered on Zoom - Tuesday July 4, 7 - 9 p.m. EST & Sunday July 9, 1 - 3 p.m. EST. You are welcome at one or both (or neither, if scheduling does not align). Let's Write is an online creative writing gym where writers at any level of experience gather to do timed writing on provided prompts.
In the lineage of Natalie Goldberg, you are encouraged to share what you write, but it is not required. We will not be workshopping or offering notes on the writing that is generated. As facilitator, I will be holding the space, offering prompts and guidance, as well as writing with you.
Bloom is PWYC (suggested $21 ($1/day) - $63 ($3/day)). Your payment can be sent via e-transfer to sasha.rsw(at)gmail.com. If you would like to participate, but finances are a barrier, equity spots are available, no questions asked.
This program is FULL, but if you'd like to be put on the waitlist or notified of other such offerings, please get in touch.
Here are Natalie's invitations for timed writing practice, found in her book "Wild Mind":
“Keep your hand moving. Most of the time when we write, we mix up the editor and the creator. Imagine your writing hand as the creator. If you keep your creator hand moving, the editor can’t catch up with it,” NG explains. The practice of untethering our inner critic/editor/grouchy English teacher from our storyteller - a true and authentic voice - is rigorous and meaningful.
“Lose control. Don’t worry about if it’s correct, polite, or appropriate.” Let go. See where you end up!
“Be specific. Not car, but Cadillac. Not bird, but wren.” Specific, concrete details are how we access memory, plot, character, and the pulse of story.
“Don’t think. We usually live in the realm of second or third thoughts, thoughts on thoughts, rather than in the realm of first thoughts, the real way we flash on something.” In having done this practice thousands of times, this element is thrilling and surprising.
“Don’t worry about punctuation, spelling and grammar.”
“You are free to write the worst junk in the universe.”
“Go for the jugular. If something scary comes up, just go for it. That’s where the energy is. Otherwise, you’ll spend all your time writing around whatever makes you nervous. It will probably be abstract, bland writing because you’re avoiding the truth.”