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Are you skimming the surface of your life, or are you digging into the strong, rich material that makes you you? The more you know about yourself, the richer your writing becomes. Keeping a daily journal is one way to access your inner life and draw forth resources that give your writing, no matter the genre, a giant dose of what makes you unique and particularly beautiful as a writer. In this workshop, we’ll tune in to the things that light us up; we’ll notice what’s intolerable and what makes our hearts sing; we’ll tiptoe past the goblins of “I don’t know where to begin” into a verdant grove of our own resources. We’ll incorporate repeatable writing tasks that you can turn to each time you show up to write—signature practices from my Powder Keg Writing Workshops for Women (what’s been called “yoga for writers”), which kindle the sacred and tantalize imaginative powers.
Suzi Banks Baum is a writer, artist, actress, teacher, community organizer, and mom. With roots in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she lives in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Suzi uses the written word, hand-bound books, and photographs to say what she means. Her first book, An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice (Laundry Line Divine, 2013), celebrates the writing of women artists. Deeply curious about the thresholds we cross into creative practice, she writes personal narrative with an ear for transformation though engagement with the ordinary. Suzi implements an ongoing artist residency in Gyumri, Armenia, where she leads an art and writing workshop called New Illuminations. She inspires us to live from the space of creative spirit and to value our contributions to the world and one another through workshops steeped in book arts, ritual, and writing. Suzi’s work appears in The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory (Anchala Studios, 2018), Writing Fire: An Anthology Celebrating the Power of Women’s Words (Green Fire Press, 2017), Walloon Writers Review, and Mingle, and online at Easy Street, Literary Mama, Manifest Station, Asbarez, Rebelle Society, and Mothers Always Write.
Cost: $119 for members / $149 for nonmembers / free to webinar 3-pack subscribers