Writing Circles

We all have different stories behind why we write.

We love words; we love painting pictures with sentences, capturing moments, journaling the purest and rawest of emotion.

We writers write because we cannot not write.

But in writing, there are writer’s blocks we authors sometimes blindly slam into; we all know the scenario of coming up blank when we’re brimming with emotion or hesitating before pushing publish or wish for just another set of eyes to read what’s come spilling out of our fingertips.

We don’t just need inspiration, a stirring prompting to let creativity flow and grow us in our art; we also need other writers to surround us and give praise, encouragement, constructive criticism if we are to really come into our full writer skins.

Writers need readers. More importantly, they need readers who will help them grow. Tell them what they love and what needs to be fixed in a way that encourages you to keep going.
Bigger Picture Blogs Writing Circles is that friend. We ask you to do what you love, write. Then we push you just a little further.

Perhaps, you’ve read some of the Reading Circles posts by the magnificent Jade, and it’s stirred your desire to really begin honing your craft and skill? Maybe you’ve hit a plateau and need some inspiration? Or maybe you desperately need another voice to help shed light on your own written words?

Whatever the case may be — whether you are a seasoned writer or have recently found the love of a pen in your hand {or keys at your fingertips!}, Bigger Picture Blogs Writing Circles might be just what you need to stretch your writerly mind and heart.

We give you a prompt and a genere and ask you to push yourself, to stretch your writing muscles find your edge then peer over it. We then meet in a small group (less then five people) online using Skype and a community Google Doc and we read, praise and critque. We give your words wings and we help them fly.

I find myself seeking solace in words. Comforted by the freedom they bring. I crave to become lost within the ebb and flow of my pen strokes – needing to break free and speak what is true in my heart. Yet often my pen is met with strong resistance. Too afraid to put the words on the page for fear of making them real. For if they become real I am left to deal with the ramifications. I am left facing the stark reality of my soul.

Written by Kat for a Life out Loud Writing Circle. Will you allow your pen to flow freely? Will you take the leap and push yourself past what you think is your edge? We hope so! Please join us for an upcoming Writing Circle and push yourself beyond what you think you can do:

  • 8:00 p.m. CST Thursday, August 9 – Poetry {Host: Alita}
  • 7:30 p.m. CST Tuesday, August 21 – Life Outloud {Host: Hyacynth}
  • 7:30 p.m. CST Tuesday, August 28 – Free Write {Host: Corinne}
  • 7:30 p.m. CST Monday, September 10 – Free Write {Host: Corinne}
  • 8:00 p.m. CST Sunday, September 16 – Fiction/Short Story {Host: Melissa}
  • 7:30 p.m. CST Tuesday, Sept. 25 – Prose {Host: Hyacynth}
  • 8:00 p.m. CST Friday, Oct. 12 – Fiction/Short Story {Host: Jade}
  • 12:00 p.m. CST Sunday, Oct. 28 – Bring Your Own Writing (BYOW) – Submit a short story you’ve written or a scene or snippet from a larger piece of fiction on which you’d like feedback {Host: Jade}

Writing Circles are absolutely free of charge, but there is only space for FOUR participants in each circle. The first four people to register by filling our this form will be part of the circle. After that we will maintain a waiting list and those on the waiting list will be emailed as new dates/spots open up.

Sign up below for an upcoming Writing Circle:

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