Fall 2020 Workshops and Salons...

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

~17th-century Japanese poet Mizuta Masahide


Writers and cultural creatives can now gather from anywhere as we're meeting online via our Gateless Writers Zoom Cocoon. Spread the word.
Let's write together!!!

“Heart of the Harvest”
A Six-Week Salon Series in the Gateless Writing Method

As summer slips into fall, this season promises to be a time of high energy and radical change for our nation and the world. The good news is we always have agency to curate the path as we go. It takes courage and community to maintain a steadfastness of heart and mind. Writing will help us.


We’ll meet weekly for a generative writing salon in the Gateless Writing Method. After a short sudden prompt to waken the muses and spill our voices into “the gallery view,” I’ll offer a brief reading, followed by a choice of more prompts, and a longer writing time off-screen, still nestled together. We’ll return to share our work fresh from the page and some purely positive feedback.


Sharing is always optional. All levels of experience are welcome. All prompts will feature previously marginalized voices. Let’s write together!


Thursday evenings: September 3- October 8th, 6:30-9:00 PM (ET)

Price: $165


Tuesday mornings: September 8-October 13th,  9:00-11:30 AM (ET)

Price: $165

If you don't use pay on-line services, please send me an email to register. 


"Embodied Writing: Six Easy Pieces"
In this Tuesday evening Gateless Writing Series, we’ll start with grounding our foundational feet and flow up the mystery of the spine as we generate six drafts of embodied writing among others as witnesses to our process and pages. The body is the physical vessel for personal and community empowerment. Our themes will reflect whatever currents are moving inside and around us.
After a brief practice of awakening the breath and the blood with guided imagery, we’ll work on and off-screen to generate new writing and share our work fresh from the page. In between sessions, you will receive an end of the week email or video with a generative prompt to write over the weekend, and a tip on revision if you want. This is your time. Use it how you wish to prepare at least one final draft ready for submission.
All prompts will feature previously marginalized voices. To support a safe space, this workshop is limited to seven writers, so please claim your seat soon!
Feel free to contact me with your curiosity. jodipaloni@gmail.com
Tuesday evenings: September 8-October 13th     6:30-9:00 PM (ET)
Price: $185


If you don't use pay on-line services, please send me an email to register. 


A Fall Mini-Retreat in the Gateless Writing Method
“Colors Passing Through Us”
An Adventure in Word and Image II, 2020
    Every day I will give you a color,
    like a new flower in a bud vase
    on your desk.
    ~ Marge Piercy
Inspired by the Marge Piercy’s poem, “Colors Passing Through Us,” and the beauty of the harvest season, themes involving color will be the portal that prompts our stories and poems and the mixed media images we create in this workshop. We’ll tap into our senses to mine memory as we immerse in what’s present. Color wheels at hand, we’ll experiment with tint and tone, neutrals and white space, and how juxtaposing non-complimentary elements can create beautiful dissonance in art and in writing.
The work of previously marginalized voices will be featured. Perhaps you’ll choose to write about skin.
The Gateless Method frame of purely positive feedback will support the sharing of our pieces and processes, all of within in a nurturing Zoom Cocoon.
How it Works
A week before we meet, you’ll receive (via snail mail) a packet containing all of the materials you’ll need, including paper to create a personal journal for taking notes and writing reflections, and your own personal color wheel, a go-to tool for making your images pop. You can use the journal to write in, as well, or bring your favorite writing implements to the space you create at home for this nurturing time.
“Colors Passing Though Us” is broken into four sessions that layer our learning over the course of a two-day mini-retreat. All levels of experience are welcome. You do not have to have attended a previous retreat in order to come. 
Friday, October 9th, 6:30-9:00 PM (ET)
Saturday, October 10th, 9:00 AM- 8:30 PM (ET) With lots of breaks scheduled in!
Price: $185

If you don't use pay on-line services, please send me an email to register. 


Webinars and Specialty Workshops
Words to the World: A Webinar on Polish to Publish
While we want to first move our narratives fluidly from our hearts to the page, a natural next step is a desire to be heard by a greater audience. In this three-hour seminar, we’ll go over the basics of revision, tips on “polish to publish,” and strategies that can assist you in finding the right readers for your beautiful poems and pieces. We’ll practice the art of a cover letter. I’ll share popular portals already set-up to make a pathway clearer. Finally, we’ll go over plans for keeping yourself organized as you have multiple submissions in place.
Bring your supper along! A follow-up Q and A session is scheduled to circle back after some exploration on your own and tend to your new curiosities.
Wednesday, September 30th, 5:30-8:30 PM (with a 15-minute bio break)
Wednesday, October 14th, 6:30- 8:00 PM (follow up Q and A)
Price: $55
Haiku: A Practice in Concision
The Japanese art of Haiku, an ancient contemplative form now practiced by contemporary poets and writers, can serve as a balm when approaching with an intention for which it’s designed. The practice can also help hone the craft of concision in your prose. In this workshop, we’ll explore the form, write some Haiku, and create a miniature booklet to showcase your pieces. A packet of pleasing papers and other materials needed for this class will be mailed to you ahead of time.
Thursday, October 15th, 6:30-9:00 PM
Price: $55
Please Note: There are angels among us. If you need financial assistance, please contact me to inquire. 

Previously at Maine Coast Writers...

Morning and Evening Series in June

"Writing Into Summer"

Join a group of writers gathering together at Bird and Tree via ZOOM! "Writing Into Summer" is a series of generative writing salons in the Gateless Writing Method. We open with a "writing without the brakes on" prompt to get the juices flowing and then mute our screens and settle into an hour of writing among others in the quiet you create at home. You can write indoors or outside. Next, we come back to the screen share our work fresh from the page and receive purely positive feedback in the spirit of radical support. Each week's salon revolves around a theme. Writers are always free to write whatever moves them. 

Drop-in rate: $25 


Dates: Tuesday mornings, June 2, 9, 16, 23  

Time: 9-11:30 am 

Date: Thursday evenings, June 4, 11, 18, 25  

Time: 7-9:00 pm (Night Owl Group)

For more info, email Jodi: jodipaloni@gmail.com

Six Weeks! Six Essays! Waiting List Only 

Date: Tuesday evenings, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7  

Time: 6-8:30 pm 

This class is full with a waiting list, but please, reach out if you're interested as I will be offering a second section later in the summer.


For Gateless Writers committing to a series of six sessions to work on personal essays. We will generate, and support the process of polish to publish. There will be inspirations to consume and optional work in between sessions. Keeping this group to 6-7 max. so as to give everyone a chance to get what they need.


Location: (ZOOM from wherever you are!)

Sliding Scale $120- $165


Email Jodi to register: jodipaloni@gmail.com

A June Mini-Retreat OR Wednesday Evening Series

"Waking and Making in the Green Time"

  ~Adventures in Word and Image~


Retreat Date: Friday and Saturday, June 12-13, 2020

Time: Friday evening, 6-8:30 pm, Saturday 9 am-4 pm (with a working lunch break off camera), Saturday evening, 6-8:30 pm

Fee: $165, includes all materials and prompts

Registration closed


Wednesday Evening Series:  June 3th, 10th, 17th, 24th

Time: 7:00-9:30 pm (Summer hours!)

Fee: $165, includes all materials and prompts

Full! Let me know if you would like to be on a waiting list for our next session later in the summer.

Location: Maine Coast Writers Zoom Cocoon

No more than eight women will gather to sink into the self-exploration of identity, of what it means to live inside these physical and spiritual forms as well as we can, and to create together as a healing practice. Some of the questions we’ll consider...


            Who am I now, today, in the context of this?

            Who have I always been?

            Who or what may I want to become?


We’ll enliven what’s already deeply known and honor the curiosities that come from mining the unknown, celebrate both the light and shadows of our intuition, our kindred connections, our uniquely original experiences, and look for the theme and pattern, motif and metaphor that emerge out of the marks we make, our visual language, and from the stories we tell.


What You’ll Receive...

~ a week before we begin, an art-making materials kit snail-mailed to you with everything you need for the Adventures in Word and Image projects that we’ll create together out of our writing prompts via Zoom Salon


~ a PDF emailed to you with the resources and the writing prompts to have in hand for our time together


~ four workshops (2.5 hours) wherein one builds upon the experience of the previous one


~ a packet of writing and art-making prompts to take with you and continue the journey on your own


~ a 20% discount on your next on-line salon, workshop, or mini-retreat

Your Facilitator: Jodi Paloni merges her multiple passions with three decades of teaching experience to create workshops and retreats that inspire women to bring forth their written and visual narratives in the company of others and take in radical support when sharing what comes. She is an award-winning author, has an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is certified in the Gateless Writing Method, Sequencing: Making is Knowing, and Gestalt Creativity Coach. She lives in the oakwood on the coast of Maine.


(Contact jodipaloni@gmail.com for more info and to register.)


Evening Writing Series

"Write Into the Greening"

Date: Tuesday evenings, May 5th, 12th, 19st, 26th 

Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm 

Date: Thursday evenings, May 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th 

Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm (Night Owl Group)


Location: (ZOOM)

Join a group of writers gathering together at Bird and Tree via ZOOM! "Write Into the Greening" is a series of generative writing salons in the Gateless Writing Method. We open with a "writing without the brakes on" prompt to get the juices flowing and then settle into an hour of writing among others in the quiet while sipping spring tonics and teas. Next, we share our work fresh from the page and receive purely positive feedback in the spirit of radical support. Each week's salon will revolve around the theme: Who and what are we in this unprecedented time of repurpose and rejuvenation? As always, writers are free to write whatever moves them. We cap this group at 10!


Please email Jodi for more information and to register: jodipaloni@gmail.com


Facilitator: Jodi Paloni 

Price: Drop-in $20


Contact jodipaloni@gmail.com to register.

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