Mining the Inner Landscape Monthly Classes


Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.—Anne Sexton

  •  -Do you wish to find a simple and reliable way to access your core content?
  • -Would you like to establish writing as part of your daily practice?
  • -What if learning craft happened organically?
  • No matter what your medium or material—memoir, fiction, prose, poetry, recovery, journaling—
  •  No matter where you are in your writing process—a beginner, seasoned, lost or mid project
  •  No matter what part of the work is your focus—producing drafts, paragraphs, characters or internal process work—
  • This is a great opportunity to engage your voice in surprising new ways and generate fresh, compelling content.
  • Join us for this four-week writing intensive where we will:
  • *Examine the self as character: Using the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, we will delve into the body of beliefs, behaviors and back-story that inform self as character or a fictional character you are creating. We will write to specific prompts during each class with time for three writing exercises. Each prompt will build upon the last, providing insight and understanding that will continue to manifest long after the journey is over.
  • *Establish a daily writing practice: Using a simple structure I have devised over many years as a writer and teacher, we will create a framework within which we claim room for our daily process. This sets forth a practice that can trickle down and benefit all other areas of one’s life where limiting beliefs, fears and goal-setting have been a challenge.
  • *Exchange weekly reports: Using an easy-to-follow format, we will share each week our progress, obstacles and observations. We will also share suggestions for good books, places to submit and publish, and upcoming literary and artistic events.
  •  Using the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, during each class we will:
  • Write together in response to three carefully chosen prompts. The content that eludes us when we write alone will surprise us with the permission and simplicity of this method.
  • Read aloud what we have written. It is perfectly fine to pass.
  • Treat all work as if it were fiction, unless the writer specifically asks us to treat it as autobiography. Even then, we speak to the writing, not to the person. We’ll talk about “the narrator” and “the characters” in the piece as we give our feedback.
  • Learn a wonderful method of feedback where we will share what we liked, what stayed with us or what we found powerful about the work.
  • Keep confidential what’s shared in the workshop.
  • MAY 2018
    4 Tuesday evenings: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 2018, 6.15-9.00 pm ($240)
    4 Wednesday mornings: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 2018, 10.00 am-1pm ($240)

    JUNE 2018
    4 Tuesday evenings: June 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018, 6.15-9.00 pm ($240)
    4 Wednesday mornings: June 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018, 10.00 am – 1pm ($240)

    JULY 2018
    3 Wednesday mornings: July 11, 18, 25, 2018, 10.00am-1pm ($180)