2021 Gateless Writing Workshops 

What's a Gateless Writing Salon?

Salons are built around the Gateless Writing Method , a purely appreciative appraoch to generative writing,. We open with a "sudden prompt " to grease the wheels and get our voices into "the room," followed by  a brief  meditation or reading that brings in a range of work modeling possibility. Longer prompts, a choice of three, are offered.  Next, we move into a quiet time and space to write for  30-40 minutes. We close with an opportunity to share new work and receive appreciative feedback, though sharing is always voluntary. Craft is discussed via the work presented. Most importantl

"My barn having burned down, I can now see the moon."

~17th-century Japanese poet Mizuta Masahide

 

Writers can now gather from anywhere as we're meeting online via our Gateless Writers Zoom Cocoon. Feel free to spread the word. Let's write together!!!
Registering now for March/April...

Six Week Salon Series

"Connections: Writing Into Spring" 
  Six Weeks of Writing Salons and Mid-Week Writing Revels
 In-class writing, group feedback, mid-week prompts, $185
 
Come write with us as we launch into spring, witnessing the melting, the greening, and the planting, starting seeds, new beginnings. After a sudden prompt to get the juices flowing in our Gateless Writing Zoom Cocoon, we'll hear a variety of voices on themes of dreaming and wakening. Then off we go to write "alone among others" for about forty minutes. We generate new material and share our work fresh from the page to receive pearls of purely positive feedback. In between weeks, you'll receive some mind-week magic.
 
Mid-Week Magic
Five midweek prompts invite you to mini-adventures, portals into writing and a chance to share a piece of that work at the start of each session. You'll receive a packet of materials in the mail ahead of time with everything you need.
When: Tuesday, 3/9 - 4/13, 9:00- 11:30 AM (ET)  $185
 
When: Tuesday, 3/9 - 4/13,  6:30-9:00 PM (ET)  $185
 
 
 
 
"Short and Sweet!" Thursdays 
 
In-class writing, positive feedback $150
ZOOM into generative writing salons drawing on the Gateless Writing Method. We'll sink into the subconscious via a sudden prompt to allow what wants to spring forth to come, then move deeper into a more expansive time of "writing alone among others." After, we'll come back together to read new work fresh from the page. No critique is given, just a few pearls of purely positive feedback. 
Thursdays: 3/11-4/15, 9:00-10:30 AM ET  $150
 
 
Thursday Evenings, 3/11 -4/15, 7:00-8:30 PM ET  $150
 
"Adventures in Word and Image"
Day-Long Workshops, Second Saturdays 
Daylong workshop, in-class writing, art-making, $150

 

Our day-long workshops include two Gateless Writing Salons. We open with a generative writing session prompted by visual images followed with an art prompt inspired by our words, then repeat.

 

Both morning and after sessions allow for the opportunity for participants to share their work and receive purely positive feedback.  All levels of experience are welcome. Our practices in "The Gateless Writing Method" and "Sequencing: Making is Knowing," brings out the creative genius in us all. 

Liminal Spaces: Dreams and Seasons Edges 

When:  3/13, 9:00-4:00 ET (An hour break at noon.)

Price: $85 (includes materials sent to your mailbox)

 

Greening Time: A World Waking  

When:  4/10, 9:00-4:00 ET (An hour break at noon.)

Price: $85 (includes materials sent to your mailbox)

Water, Water, Everywhere! 

When:  5/8, 9:00-4:00 ET (An hour break at noon.)

Price: $85 (includes materials sent to your mailbox

Special! We're writing at The Farnsworth!
As a Chester County girl I used to tube down the Brandywine past the Wyeth compound and dream about the artists life and now we sail and hike past their island homes here in Maine, and stalk the galleries in Rockland. I love art and art museums, such a spruce of inspiration, and I grew up on Wyeth paintings, so it's a dream come true to be invited to teach at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland. 
 
Every third Saturday of the month, we'll meet on Zoom and practice our own version of the ancient art of ekphrasis. We'll respond in words after viewing visual art from the collection. 
Click here for more details and to register.
"Adventures in Word and Image" at The Farnsworth Museum
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Current and Past Events
"Short and Sweet" Thursdays! (On-line)
 
Thursday Mornings: 1/14-2/18, 9:00-10:30 AM ET (Full!)
Thursday Evenings, 1/14 -2/18, 7:00-8:30 PM ET (Full!)
 
ZOOM into a generative writing salon drawing on the Gateless Writing Method. We'll sink into the subconscious via a sudden prompt to allow what wants to initially spring forth, then move deeper into a more expansive time of "writing alone among others." Finally, we'll come together to read and honor with our listening new work fresh from the page. No critique is given, just a few pearls of purely positive feedback. 
 
Reserve Your Seat Now for our 6-Week Series!
Price: $150
"Home and Hearth Series" 
Day-Long Workshops, Second Saturdays 2020-2021,

 

Our day-long workshops include two Gateless Writing Salons. We open the morning with a generative writing session prompted by visual images, and follow after lunch with an art prompt inspired by words and more writing.

 

Both morning and after sessions allow for the opportunity for participants to share their work and receive purely positive feedback. These are "kindly creative" events. All levels of experience are welcome. The Gateless Writing Method brings out the creative genius in us all. 

Home and Hearth: Gathering Light (Full!)

When:  1/9, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EST (An hour break at noon.)

Price: $85 (includes materials sent to your mailbox)

 

 

Six Week Salon Series

"Connections: Return of the Light" 
  Six Weeks of Writing Salons and Mid-Week Writing Revels
Come write with us this mid-winter season as we witness the light returning and mine the luminous shadows therein. After a sudden prompt to get the juices flowing in our Gateless Writing Zoom Cocoon, we'll hear a variety of voices on the themes of nesting and resting and reveling, at home in place, and in county, country, and planet. A diversity of voices are here to inspire, then off we go to write "alone among others" for about forty minutes. We generate new material, share our work fresh from the page, and receive purely positive feedback. 
What's new! This session comprises our regular six weekly salons PLUS five midweek prompts that invite you to explore adventures in creativity as a portal into writing and a chance to share a piece of that work at the start of each session. You'll receive a packet of goodies in the mail with everything you need. We'll close our time together with a celebration of reading and sharing projects and processes and planning ways to keep going on your own until next time.
 
When: Tuesday, 1/12 - 2/16, 9:00- 11:30 AM (ET) (Full!)
Price: $185
When: Tuesday, 1/12 - 2/16, 6:30-9:00 PM (ET) (Full!)
Price: $185
 
Relief and Abundance
If you are in need of financial assistance, please reach out by clicking the link to our contact page and send us a note.

 

If you're feeling flush and want to help out, feel free to share the abundance. Your donation to the Maine Coast Writers Mainsail Scholarship Fund, will help fund a writer currently in need. 

 

  

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