Friday Night Writers’ Group
Sometimes your critic gets in the way of creativity. Sometimes this happens so regularly that you procrastinate or lament having writer’s block. The key is to release your most creative self. But how?
I love to write and published my first book in December. My specialty is in helping you tap into your most creative self. I host weekly writing groups in Burlington, Vermont based on brain science, to help you write better and feel better.
Sound like a bunch of malarky? That’s what Shannara thought before she dropped to the Burlington Writing Salon last week. Here’s what she wrote in a blog post after attending: “It sounded great in theory, but I was skeptical. I’m naturally opinionated and critical (including with myself), so I was wondering how anyone’s writing could improve if nobody would tell them what was wrong with it. Anyway, I was willing to give it a try.”
Did it work? In spades!
“I sat down with some trepidation… and then the words started flowing… and flowing… and flowing. It was like fireworks in my brain, that delicious feeling every writer knows, but that unfortunately is all too rare—the feeling when a story pours out of you and you have no idea where it’s coming from, almost as if someone dictates the words to you.
According to Annalisa’s instructions, I didn’t try to push my thoughts into a certain direction; I didn’t second-guess myself or wondered where in the world this was going.”
All of us were astonished what we were capable of. As the flyer said, “This one-of-a-kind workshop for writers in all genres creates evocative, compelling work that tends to surprise writers with its potency.” Boy, did it ever. Something seems to happen when you feel safe, and the creative juices just kick in and don’t stop flowing.
The flyer also said, “Its effects last long after you walk out the door.” True, too… I felt like writing the whole weekend, and I didn’t have any problems—unlike most of the time—to keep my inner nag under control. Usually, I write a chapter or just a scene and then immediately start editing. This time, I just wrote, and it felt amazing. I’ll definitely go back.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself. This is how I felt the first time I went to Salon, and it’s how I feel every Friday night after the salons I offer here in Burlington. So come on down and join us. It’s on a drop in basis: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Chocolate, snacks and beverages served.
She has real insight into your voice as a writer and is such an asset when you’re in the midst of the forest and can’t quite see your way out with a project. I can’t wait to take another workshop with her.
Author – THE HIDDEN FOREST