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, but instead feed back to the writer some of the words or phrases we heard and that resonated with us. 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.
You don’t have to be a writer to take the class…
But merely someone who wants to let loose, take risks, push past well-worn territory and
move into something new.
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
Wednesdays in Alameda @ 27 Powers
January 15 – April 15 (5 seats open)
Thursdays in Berkeley
January 16 – April 16 (4 seats open)
9:30 – 11:30 am
Fridays in Alameda @ 27 Powers
January 17 – April 17 (Class Full)