Each week we will enjoy different writing exercises drawn from my ever growing – overflowing creative writing tool box!
Writing has the power to stop time, cut through the extraneous, and take us home to our heart. This absolutely fun experience will engage the writer within and may surprise you by eliciting prose, poetry, song lyrics, or simply stream of consciousness writing in “no apparent form”. You will learn the fundamentals of moving past the head and into the heart of writing.
You will be led gently into story and into the soul’s inner landscape where clarity, creativity, passion, originality, and truth are revealed. With encouragement, safety and the freedom to jump in, you will open to the joy of where writing can take you.
Junie will be the most passionate and enthusiastic fan of your writing. She will hear and say back the words you have written; she will get the point you are writing. She will ask why, curious or sad, when you do not dare to drop into your deeper powerful voice. She will see your greatest self when it emerges and celebrate with great joy and appreciation every new word, every phase of the writing, with you. —Susan Beach
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. —Deborah Hawkey
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; thank you for the liberating safe space you provide and thank you because I can’t imagine not writing ever again. —Tommy Bluestein
Does writing call to you as a sacred expression? Or perhaps it’s a place to come ALIVE? Whatever it means for you, you are welcome. This is not a critique group. Come and find out what wants to reveal itself on the page when you join a sacred circle of writers.
The afternoon is about sharing from our hearts, it’s laughter, it’s friendship. It’s learning to stop judging our work, it’s sipping tea. It’s finding our voice and feeling safe to speak our words out loud. It’s about being authentic and kind. It’s about music and moving our bodies during the break. It’s about creativity and it’s about catharsis – allowing the writing to become our wise teacher. It’s poetry and it’s prose. It is short stories and drawings that we write from.
In short—it’s a love fest both on and off the page!
Many of us never had someone being a loving witness—fully paying attention to what we say and honouring who we are. The more we read out loud, the less we will be concerned about it being good, bad, right, wrong. We stop judging it.
It is not a critique group. 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.
Many people arrive at my door for the first time wondering if they can write at all because they have been blocked for months or even years. Or they think they have no talent, or perhaps they are afraid of what might come out.
When these fledgling writers enter our sacred circle, everyone is welcomed, camaraderie is exchanged, no one is judged.
It is then that they stop judging themselves. We have fun. Confidence grows. Words start to dance onto the page in the form of poetry, prose, song lyrics, blogs, fictional characters, memoir, stand up, etc.
Sunday Afternoon Writing Circles are an afternoon version of what participants experience in my Write Where You Are course. If you are pondering taking Write Where You Are for a longer commitment and opportunity to deepen your writing experience with the same group of people each week, drop in on a Sunday to get a taste of the way I work.
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 has become your voice in the world. —Junie Swadron
Drop-in fee: $20 at the door (book 5 sessions to use over 6 months for only $80)
Because space is limited, you must RSVP to let me know you’re coming. Email me at email@example.com or call me at 250–813–0183 no later than 10 am Sunday morning. Thank you!
Time: 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: #302 – 345 Michigan Street. It is between Oswego and Michigan, in a very pink building called Dupont Villa. You can’t miss it!
Sunday Afternoon Sacred Writing Circles
Time 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.