Writing In Community: What Does This Look Like?

Many of us are used to writing alone. We might writing our blog posts alone at our desk at home, or we might take a walk with our nature journal and sit on a log while writing down some thoughts, or we might visit the cottage and walk to the beach to write, or get up early in the morning to write, before anyone else in our house is awake.

This is a wonderful thing. Writing in solace is a beautiful experience, in which we can be quiet with our thoughts, present in the solitude, meditatively focused on the senses and images we want to write about. I would encourage every writer, poet, songwriter, and creative to find time alone, for that is when our imagination can come alive, our dreams are closest to our fingers, and our place in the world is centered.

However, it’s also very crucial to our writing that we have time to talk, write, and be inspired while in the presence of other writers. Have you ever been to a writer’s group or a writer’s retreat? Shared your writing with others in the group, or participated in on-the-spot writing together? This can have a profound impact on your writing. There is a shared creative energy alive in a room of writers, while everyone’s pen is poised, the room is quiet, and all you can hear are your own thoughts and the slow even breathing of the writers beside you.

Another advantage to writing together, is exploring topics such as mental wellness, therapeutic writing, yoga-writing, and mindfulness/present moment experiences. Writing is a way to immerse yourself in language, that allows freedom, healing, and wellness. Very soon, I hope to be offering some of these sessions for you.

These days with Covid and with the busness of our lives and many with families and children to care for, we do not always have opportunities to go away for a few days, or weekend, or week at a time, to participate in writing groups and retreats. That is why I want to offer a virtual space, where we can writing together, through Facebook Live sessions, Zoom sessions, writing prompts, and even writing courses, found on this blog. I hope that you can feel like you are together with other writers, and still feel the energy of their writing, even if it is across cities, provinces, states, and countries, by the virtual connection that so many of us have become familiar with these days.

Stay tuned here, to learn about opportunities to write and create together as a virtual community, as well as writing sessions that bring about mental wellness, relaxation, mindfulness, and more. Coming soon.

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Some stories from home, some from travel adventures (usually in autumn), some happening in community, friendship and faith, and some about the vulnerable, lonely and excluded. To honour them because they have changed me for the better and taught me how to love more fully and be loved more fully. Some days are great, some good, some not always good. But overall, it's been a beautiful journey so far, and I feel more like myself every day. -- Debra, writer / photographer / blogger / traveller

2 thoughts on “Writing In Community: What Does This Look Like?

    1. Thanks Sarah! It’s so good when people can write together, either by intentionally responding to writing prompts OR even just working on individual writing in the same room at the same time–the shared energy is very inspiring.

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