2017 Courses

 

The Writing Well

Exploring the depths of true expression

(dates by agreement)

When we write from the well of our being, we’re able to explore buried memories, feelings, and images that aren’t normally accessible. We bring the parts of ourselves that have been locked away back into the whole. And in doing so, we write with more depth, emotional truth, and originality. This is what we’ll aim for during this eight-week online course. Practices will help you relax and open, then engage in a variety of writing sessions. Feedback on first drafts will help you take pieces to the next step. The course will offer a container for deep writing, and the support you need to open to your truest expression. Writers working in all genres welcome. $297; includes: one-hour phone consultation, e-mail packages (every two weeks, for a total of four) with discussions and practices, feedback on ten pages of double-spaced writing (2,500 words), and email support.


Open Truths:

Writing from Your Deepest Experience

(dates by agreement)

This month-long course will offer a strong foundation for deep and sustained writing in any genre. We’ll start with practices that open the gateway to a flow of expression on the page. This will be followed by further practices that will allow you to explore unchartered terrain, perhaps buried images, feelings, and memories that have been hidden for many years. You’ll be guided in how to work with this “raw writing” and bring it to form. You’ll also have the opportunity to share your pieces with other writers for feedback and encouragement. The program will open gateways for you to write with greater truth, compassion, awareness, and depth in your own voice with support to complete your stories, poems, and other writing. Cost: $397; includes a one-hour consultation, weekly practices, email support, and feedback on ten pages of double-spaced writing.

Authentic Writing

(dates by agreement)

This one-month program will help you open to your truest voice and express it through writing that has the most meaning for you now. We’ll start with practices to ignite a flow of writing on the page, then move to more directed writing. Each week you’ll receive an email package with discussions and practices. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss specific concerns through a one-on-one phone consultation and by email. The program will invite you to engage in a more dynamic relationship with your innate creativity and offer the support to bring it into form on the page. What the course includes: one-hour consultation and follow up; weekly email discussions with practices, answers to questions by email, feedback on ten pages of double-spaced writing. Cost: $297.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice

new retreat in 2018 (stay tuned for details)

At the Star of the Sea Centre for Spiritual Living

Writing can open untapped sources of insight, understanding, inspiration, and wisdom. This is what we’ll encourage during this day- long retreat for anyone seeking deeper expression and truth. We’ll start with gentle movement and meditative practices to still the mind and relax the body. From a receptive state we’ll then engage in a series of writing sessions to open awareness to what may be hidden in inner recesses. The opening allows us to bring buried feelings, thoughts, and images back to the whole. This often frees up blocked energy, opens us to new possibilities, and offers us deeper connection to our innate vitality, joy, creativity, and well-being.

Cost: $25

To register: staroftheseassi@gmail.com

Open Poetry Online

(dates by agreement)

This six-week program will help you open fully to your truest voice and express it on the page with vividness, precision, truth, and beauty. Discussions will introduce you to the essential elements of the craft and practices will help you to apply them to your own writing. Feedback on twenty pages of poetry will further assist your process, as will two one-on-one consultations by phone or in person. The program will open a deeper poetic awareness and understanding of the genre’s forms while you write and complete a small collection of poems. $497; can pay in three installments of $175.

Writing From the Inner Garden

(dates by agreement)

The aim of this program is to cultivate a deeper connection to the creative source so you can write in an easy, joyful way attuned to your own rhythms and inclinations. We will also strengthen the channels from creative expression to completed form and the sharing of creative work with your immediate milieu or a larger community. The program will enlarge your creative capacities on many levels and help you initiate and complete the writing you’re most called to at this time. (Please contact me for more details.)


The Art of Self-Editing:

Bringing Beauty to Words

In this intense four-hour workshop, you’ll learn ways to bring beauty to your writing by enhancing the clarity, cohesiveness, and coherence of your poetry, fiction, memoir, or other nonfiction writing. We’ll discuss how to find the best overall shape for your writing, as well as ways to sharpen and strengthen sentences, word precision, and punctuation. The workshop will cover how to make editing an enjoyable and productive process that builds on your writing strengths. You will learn the most common writing problems and how to solve them, as well as a host of editing techniques for any kind of writing. An in-class exercise will hone your skills and handouts will provide exercises and resources for further editing.*Note: please bring a page or two of double-spaced writing to edit.

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Three-Month Writing Program

(dates by agreement)

This program is designed to support new writing as well as ongoing projects that could benefit from editorial suggestions and other creative advice. The program starts with a one-hour consultation to discern what would help your writing process. We then create a plan to propel your writing through various means (practices, exercises, reading suggestions, creative approaches). Feedback on writing includes detailed comments on aspects such as cohesiveness and clarity, in addition to fine-tuning suggestions. Two more consultations follow, one per month. Participants can send in 15 double-spaced pages of prose (or 20 pages of poetry) for review with the option of buying more editing time, as needed, at a special rate.  The program will offer the support you need to take your writing to the next level. Cost: $497 (can pay in three installments of $175).


FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER PLEASE CONTACT ME AT: info@lorrainegane.com