Your invitation to Wild Writing
live on video with Laurie Wagner
we’re going to Wild Write together. Virtually. You in your little corner of the world and me in mine — hooked up by a video platform called Zoom (like Skype but better!). It’s a way to connect our wild voices + our wild lives for an hour and a half a week, diving deep and writing together.
Wild Writing is a timed writing process that we use to tell our stories with and to uncover the themes we want to write about.
For 15 minutes we write as fast as we can, pen never leaving the page. By writing so quickly we are able to push past our inner critic and our ego and all the ways we stay trapped in looking good. This gives us a chance to move into a less self conscious, loose groove where, if we’re lucky we may stumble into the fertile imagination that lingers within us, conjuring up stories and memories that are waiting to be written.
After we write we read our work aloud. We don’t critique, we just listen. We do this three times within the session. This technique, while very therapeutic, is also a wonderful way to jumpstart any good writing project because it helps you get to the chewy nougat of what you are trying to say. I’ll keep the group small, no more than 6 women. It’s intimate and powerful.
Writing with Laurie, seeing her vulnerability and honesty, made me braver. It’s that particular kind of courage, the willingness to be harmed, to make a fool of yourself, to offer someone a thing they could use to hurt you if they wanted, to risk being wrong, that encouraged me to show up, to go deeper, to say the very thing I didn’t want to say but so desperately needed to. It gave me confidence in my writing, in the way my friend Susan Piver defines it, “the willingness to be as ridiculous, luminous, intelligent, and kind as you really are, without embarrassment.
– Jill Salahub