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.  

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


Writers can now gather from anywhere as we're meeting online via our Gateless Writers Zoom Cocoon.
Let's write together!!!

Two 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-Way Writing Revels
Five midweek prompts that come to you inbox on Thursday night, in time for the weekend, invite you to mini-adventures, portals into writing, and a chance to share a piece of that work at the start of each Tuesday session. Prompts include an image or action, some words, a sudden prompt, and a chance to expand on what comes. (Unlike "homework," Mid-Week Magic is always optional! The prompts are yours to dip into when you have the time.)
When: Tuesday, 3/9 - 4/13, 9:00- 11:30 AM  $185  (Full!)
When: Tuesday, 3/9 - 4/13,  6:30-9:00 PM   $185  (Full!)
"Short and Sweet!" Thursdays 
In-class writing, positive feedback $150  (1 Seat Left!)
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
"Adventures in Word and Image"
Day-Long Workshops, Second Saturdays, via Zoom 
Daylong workshop, in-class writing, art-making, $85


Our day-long workshops include two "Gateless Writing Salons" and two "Word and Image" projects. We open with a generative writing session prompted by visual images followed with an art prompt inspired by our words, then repeat. These workshops are loosely planned around new moon energy, setting intentions, fresh starts, visioning for the month ahead. As always, participants write and create what naturally surfaces from the subconscious. 


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. 

Register for an individual session, or come build a community of kindreds in making and writing and enjoy a discounted price. See below.

Liminal Spaces: Dreams and Edges  (2 Seats Left!)

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

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



Greening Time: A Waking World (3 Seats Left!)

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

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


Full On Spring: Birds and Flight 

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

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



Cycles: Sun and Water

When:  6/12, 9:00-4:00 ET (An hour break at noon.)

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

News: 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
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.


And if you're feeling flush and want to help other writers in coming, feel free to share the abundance to the Maine Coast Writers Mainsail Scholarship Fund. 

© 2016 Jodi Paloni