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Forest Fires

Climate anxiety & grief 

Monday October 16 - Sunday November 5, 2023

“Writing is one of the ways I participate in transformation.”
Toni Cade Bambara

Hunker into fall with devotion to your creative writing practice. Join a community of writers, moving our pens, hearts and imaginations for 21 days of timed writing, connection, and creativity.

About the program & what's included
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!


Three Let’s Write sessions will be offered on Zoom (Monday, October 16 at 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Thursday October 26 at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST and Sunday November 5 at 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. EST) to mark the beginning, middle and end of the challenge. 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. 

Book a 15 minute one-on-one consulting call with Sasha to support your growth in Bloom prior to October 16th.

Payment & registration

Bloom is $105. Payment secures your spot, and can be sent via e-transfer to sasha.rsw(at)

If you would like to participate, but finances are a barrier, equity PWYC spots are available on a first come first served basis, no questions asked.

Register here!

Here are Natalie's invitations for timed writing practice, found in her book "Wild Mind":

  1. “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.

  2. “Lose control. Don’t worry about if it’s correct, polite, or appropriate.” Let go. See where you end up!

  3. “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.

  4. “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.

  5. “Don’t worry about punctuation, spelling and grammar.”

  6. “You are free to write the worst junk in the universe.”

  7. “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.” 


Leaves Shadow

"I highly recommend Sasha's "Let's Write" sessions. Sasha is an exceptional session leader - setting up a welcoming, safe, creative space for writers to take risks, be vulnerable and share with abandon. I find her sessions especially useful for opening the floodgates of creativity without judgement. A perfect anecdote to writer's block or a playground for established creatives to stretch and experiment." 

Shaina Silver-Baird (Actor, musician & writer) 

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