Alyssa Walker, a freelance writer based here in Waterville Valley, is once again offering a 5-week women’s writing workshop this fall. The group will meet on Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at the Curious George Cottage, starting Sept. 26 and going through Oct. 24.
I have participated in all of Alyssa’s previous writing workshops. They are excellent. Alyssa and the other women in the workshops helped to reignite my passion for writing and storytelling.
The workshop is intentionally kept small, casual and relaxed. (That means space is limited, so sign-up NOW.) At each session Alyssa provides a prompt to stimulate the creative juices. After 20-30 minutes of writing, everyone has an opportunity to read what they’ve written, and then the other participants offer feedback.
It’s a little intimidating at first. You may feel vulnerable as you expose yourself through your writing. But, the environment is so supportive that you will quickly become comfortable sharing your writing.
Alyssa was a school teacher and her experience as an educator allows her to act as a guide, keeping the group on task, offering constructive critical feedback and providing writing resources. She’s also an amazing writer and it was such a treat to hear excerpts from the novel and stories she was working on.
No particular skills are needed — just a creative spark. You can bring a laptop or tablet, a pad of paper or journal. The cost for five sessions is $100.
I’m not the only one who loved the women’s writing workshop. Leigh Ann Reynolds says, “What I enjoyed about the last session was listening to what others are working on, being inspired to continue with my own writing, being vulnerable sharing my work, feeling supported and encouraged by everyone, and laughing together! Looking forward to this next session. I guess I better get writing!”