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Creativity coach, writing and creative process instructor, speaker, author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want (Penguin/Tarcher 2012) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den (Red Wheel Weiser), Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.

Around the Writer’s Block Class Open for Enrollment


Are you ready to stop farting around with resistance?

If you’ve enjoyed my blog or gleaned useful suggestions from it, you’re going to love the Around the Writer’s Block class!

 This class will give you:

  • A safe, supportive community with other writers who are ready to stop struggling with resistance and start writing the way they want
  • Awareness of what’s happening in your brain when you experience resistance and what you can do to change that
  • Deeper understanding of the Recommended Practices (Process, Self-Care and Product Time) and how to use these practices to solidify your writing habit
  • Weekly check-ins where you hold yourself accountable to the commitments you make to your writing practices
  • Practice identifying the different ways you resist writing so you can respond effectively and get past that resistance
  • Support and encouragement as you learn to recognize and challenge your Saboteur
  • Interactive class sessions where you’ll learn how rewards work (and when they don’t) so you can motivate yourself and how to manage Creative Polarities to get past excuses, illusions and obstacles to the writing life you want.

If you’re in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, you can attend the next Around the Writer’s Block class at the Loft (Wednesdays from 5 to 7 pm, March 16 – April 20).

If you’re not in this area, send me an email and we can chat about how you and I could arrange for an AWB weekend workshop in your area or how personalized creativity coaching with me could fill the gap for you.

Entering the Flow Class Also Open for Enrollment

Not an actual class photo. We won't be entering the flow quite so literally.

If you want to learn how to apply meditation and relaxation directly to writing fiction or creative nonfiction, if you want to spend more time in the “flow state” or “writer’s trance,” Entering the Flow is the class you’re looking for.

I’ve talked about the Outline vs. Drafting Debate and Robert Olen’s Butler’s solution to the debate in previous posts. We’ll use Butler’s ideas as one of the launching points into our own discovery of the writer’s dreamspace.

This class will give you opportunities to:

  • Learn how to intentionally shift your consciousness to find your own way into the flow/writer’s trance
  • Experiment with different relaxation and meditation techniques
  • Spend time in a relaxed, meditative state recording the images you discover in your imagination with slow, easy writing that you can later expand into scenes
  • Discuss sensory-focused writing, writing rituals and routines, ego surrender and other topics
  • Benefit from the synergy of being in a room with other writers willing to become quiet, enter the trance, and follow wherever our imagination leads us.

If you’re in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, you can attend the next Entering the Flow class at the Loft (Tuesdays from 10 am to noon, March 15 – April 19).

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