For Creative Writing and Self-Discovery
Here are the most popular reasons people have shared with me why they chose to attend my writing workshops
- I want to write but I don’t want to do it alone.
- I am a writer but am blocked and can’t get motivated. I know I need to write but the thought of it makes me queasy.
- I have lots to say but I haven’t a clue of how or where to begin.
- I have designed a course/product/service and want to write a book about it to build my business and reach more people.
- People tell me I should write a book about my life but I don’t have the confidence or a clue of where to begin.
- I have reams of things I’ve already written but don’t know what to do with them.
- Sometimes I think what I have written is pretty good but I’m embarrassed to show it to anyone. What if nobody else does?
- My grade 6 teacher told me I couldn’t write.
- I can’t spell worth a damn.
- English isn’t my first language.
- I want to write a book but there are already so many on the subject.
- I’m nervous about what could come out, or worse, what if nothing does?
- I always dreamed about being a writer but kept it tucked away somewhere private.
- I’m ready to give it a try. What if I fail?
- I don’t have time.
- I’m too old. I should have started writing a long time ago.
- I have so much stored up in me. I feel if I don’t write it down, I’ll burst—but when I pick up my pen, nothing comes out!
- I’m afraid I won’t be as good as the others.
I Can Happily And Confidently Say That I Have Allayed All The Concerns Stated Above and many more!
My book, Write Where You Are, released in December 2016, is now available on Amazon and Kindle
Here’s How It Began For Me
I have been a personal writing coach since 1994 and Write Where You Are was the title of the first group I ever taught…and I’m still doing it 21 years later because it definitely works and I LOVE watching people who say they can’t write, simply write. And more often than not, they do it within the first class or private coaching session! They are amazed. I’m am not.
Anyway…here’s how it began for me: One day I picked up Natalie Goldberg’s famous book, Writing Down the Bones. While reading it I was captivated because I related to everything she was saying–so much so that it could have been me saying the very same things. It was one of those aha moments you know you can’t ignore. The following week, I went to see my psychiatrist. He was a very cool guy–smart, kind, honest, and down to earth. He didn’t intimidate me. He didn’t see my pathology. He saw me! And he really listened. He also doodled mandalas while he was listening to me talk. Perhaps it helped him listen more intently. I don’t know but they were the best I’ve ever seen.
I could hardly wait to tell him about my aha moment.
Me: I just read this book about writing and I believe I can teach writing courses.
Him: Really? What makes you think that?
Me: Because she writes the same way I do; she teaches a structure I have used all my life but couldn’t have named it until now.
Him: Have you ever done that before?
Me: (starting to shrink) No.
Him: Don’t you think it would take a lot of chutzpah?”
Me: Yeah, I guess so.
Him: (with a smile and a wink) Go for it!
Me: (big sigh of relief and unbridled excitement) Thank you! Thank you! Thank you.
From that day to this one, helping people find confidence in their writing is one of my greatest passions!
“Junie, in my entire life I have known two people who are skilled in the art of listening in a way I truly feel heard—that what I have to say is of value, is important, that I matter. You are one of them.”
“Somewhere deep inside I knew I could write; I just didn’t know how to go about it. Thank you for the process you teach, for liberating, safe space you provide and thank you for restoring my confidence.”
So How Does Write Where You Are Work?
Firstly, Write Where You Are is not a critique group. It is a sacred circle. Our souls flourish in a safe, non-judgmental environment. We grow strong in an atmosphere of kindness and respect, knowing we are being supported exactly as we are.
We write and we read what we have written—but it is so much more than that. It is also a special time for each of us to be seen, speak and be heard. Many people have not had someone to be a loving witness-fully paying attention to what they say and honouring who they are. Almost everyone I have taught tells me being heard and acknowledged is as important if not even more so sometimes than the writing itself. To me, they go hand in hand.
Each session we discuss different topics, have different writing prompts, timed writings, and a variety of creative means to get into the writing itself. We never know what will reveal itself on the page…One prompt could lead to poetry, another prose – short story, musical lyrics or stand up comedy material. It’s fun, exciting, mysterious, and serious. It’s a smorgasbord of creative expression on and off the page!
In this writing series you will
- Break through writer’s block
- Access your creative muse
- Deepen self-awareness
- Enhance self-confidence
- Experience writing as a meditation on the page
- Write together in a safe, supportive community of like-minded others
- Develop strong friendships
- Have fun!
- Oh…and one more thing—expect music, dance and laughter!
YOU NO LONGER NEED TO LOOK LIKE THIS
YOU CAN LOOK LIKE THIS INSTEAD!
You must stay drunk on writing so that reality cannot destroy you.
Ray Bradbury — Zen and the Art of Writing
If you would rather not write in a group or are not in Victoria, no worries.
You will receive the same fabulous results over the phone or on Skype!
“The sweet whisperings of your soul meet you on the page and something shifts. You strengthen. You begin to stand taller and one day you notice that your voice on the page becomes your voice in the world.” -Junie Swadron
April 4 – May 16, 2017 (7 weeks)
Tuesday evenings 6:15 – 9:00 pm
April 5 – May 17, 2017 (7 weeks)
Wednesday afternoons 1:30 – 3:45 pm
Location: The beautiful Imagine Cafe, 31 Erie Street, near Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria
Also: A Limited Number of 1-to-1 Author Mentorship Programs Available
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If you have any questions, and/or you are interested in booking this workshop for your business or organization, or are interested in one-to-one coaching in person/telephone or Skype please visit the Contact Information page.
I truly did not believe it could be this easy! Junie, you have no idea how long I have been blocked. Thank you for bringing the writer in me back to life. –Sheila White
Dear Junie, thank you for creating such a sacred, safe and healing place as this group. I so appreciate the wonderfully spiritual, non-judgmental, supportive, loving and talented person and facilitator you are. Your deep love of the written word is always evident. During these past weeks you’ve given me a deeper appreciation of the benefits and value of this medium both personally and professionally. I loved the different exercises and processes you offered us. They managed to shake things up inside me and challenged me to stretch myself beyond my comfort zone to a place where I feel confident to do this on my own. Yes, my wisdom lies inside of me and the writing brings it out in miraculous ways. Finally, thank you for your ever-present humour and sense of fun!–Love, Irene Boehn-Hill
Dear Junie, when I put the pen to paper in the form which you taught me, my heart chakra comes alive and stirs my soul into a recognition and familiarity I’ve never felt before. You have guided me through my frightened blur of confusion to a place of greater clarity and peace – given each of us a greater understanding of our worth, a reaffirmation that we can do it – and it’s worth the effort to get to the other side. Always, your approach is gentle, your manner is intensely present, your suggestions appropriate and always heart-felt. Thank you.–Catherine Frieberg-Valaderes