Fall 2020 Workshops and Salons...

What's a Gateless Writing Salon?

Salons open with a "sudden prompt " to grease the wheels, followed by  a brief reading to bring a range of writers’ voices into the room, modeling possibility, and a prompt or two from which to choose . Next, we move into a quiet time and space to write for forty 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. Salons are built around the Gateless Writing Method of a purely appreciative stance., building a creative community that we hope will pleasantly surprise you. 

"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. Please help spread the word. Let's write together!!!
Next up...
"Writing From The Center" 
A Gateless Writing Salon Six Week Series
Cozy up with us as we gather to sink in and write our hearts out November (post election) into December! After a sudden prompt to get the juices flowing in the Gateless Writers Zoom Cocoon, we'll hear a variety of voices on the themes of self-care, radical kindness, and community. Then off we go to write "alone among others" for about forty minutes. After, we come back to share our work fresh from the page and receive purely positive feedback. 
We'll face hardships and open to what shimmers and glimmers in our luminous world. We'll navigate the many ways we experience the gray of a late fall season–––an early morning fog, an Irish Wolfhound, a heavy heart or sky, a blending of some polarized positions.

When: Tuesdays, 11/10 - 12/15, 9:00-11:15 AM (ET)

Price: $165 


 Tuesday evenings: 11/10 - 12/15 6:30-8:45 PM (ET)

Price: $165                         

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


Please Note: There are kindly angels among us. If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact me to inquire. 
 Adventures in Word and Image 
     "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: Capturing Moments

When:  11/14, 9:00 - 4:00 (EST) (An hour break at noon.)

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

Home and Hearth: Settling In

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

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

Home and Hearth: Gathering Light

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

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

Workshops Already In-Progress

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

As summer slips into fall, this particular 2020 season promises to be a time of high energy and radical charge. We believe it takes individual courage and like-minded connections to maintain a steadfastness of heart and mind in troubling times. The good news is we have opportunities in every moment to create pathways of mindful intention, to ground and soothe ourselves, to be present for others. Gateless Writing Salons provide a haven for writers to write and share our hearts in a community of care and concern.


We’ll meet weekly for a generative salon in the spirit of write whatever comes and receive purely positive feedback. 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!

Tuesday mornings: September 8-October 13, 9:00-11:15 AM (ET)

Price: $165                 Email me about a seat!             



Thursday evenings: September 10-October 15, 6:30-8:45 PM (ET)

Price: $165                 We're full!             

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


"Embodied Writing: Six Easy Pieces"  We're full!
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
We're Full! 
Please send me a note if you'd like to placed on the waiting list for our next Word and Image mini-retreat.
“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 Through 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

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