About Unleashed Writing
Unleashed Writing is a timed writing process that is really the only method I use to get my heart on the page. I learned this method from years of Wild Writing with the incomparable Laurie Wagner.
Unleashed Writing works like this: For 15 minutes, we write by hand as fast as we can from a poetry prompt. It’s a different poem for every write. We pick a few lines from each poem and just riff off of them on the page. We only write by hand on paper. Writing by hand slows us down. For these two hours, we step away from our fast-paced lives and back into a slow, more sustainable rhythm.
Our motto is: “Just keep the pen moving.” By writing quickly, we are much more likely to push past our inner critic and the many ways we censor ourselves. We are digging to reach a space in which we are safe enough, loose enough, and brave enough to discover and articulate what we’re really trying to say, feel, communicate, or conjure.
After we write, we read our work aloud. We don’t critique. We simply witness, honor, and thank each other for sharing. The space is safe, utterly confidential, and truly fertile. Picture a tribe around a fire. It’s a lot like that. Sacred.
We write three times within the session. Usually the third write is only a 5-8 minute write–whatever the remaining time allows.
This technique is for you if you want to bring ease back into your writing practice, start a writing practice for the first time, or simply want a communal writing space.
You don’t have to be a writer to take the class…merely someone who wants to let loose, take creative risks, push past well-worn territory, and move into something new. I hope you’ll join us!
2023 Holiday Class Schedule: Four drop-in class options, 10AM- noon PST, $40 per class - Monday, December 4, online - Wednesday, December 6, online and in-person hybrid - Wednesday, December 13, online and in-person hybrid - Monday, December 18, online To reserve your spot, send payment via Venmo, PayPal or Zelle. Please indicate which class and session you're joining in the memo, i.e. Dec 6, 13 & 18 classes. Thank you!
Session I, Online: Mondays, 10AM-noon PST, $280, Seven classes via Zoom January 8, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 4 Session I, In Person: Wednesdays 10AM-noon, PST, $300, Seven classes in Piedmont, CA January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 28
Session 2, Online: Mondays, 10AM-noon PST, $280, Seven classes via Zoom March 11, 18,25, April 1, 15, 22, 29 Session 2, In Person: Wednesdays 10AM-noon, PST, $300, Seven classes in Piedmont, CA March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 17, 24
Session 3, Online: Mondays, 10AM-noon PST, $200, Five classes via Zoom May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3 Session 3, In Person: Wednesdays 10AM-noon, PST, $215, Five classes in Piedmont, CA May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29