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Writing Circles: Growing Writers’ Creativity and Skill

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.

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.

Here are the details:

What: A group of three to five writers will come together via Skype with the aid of Google Docs to share a written piece in the genre of “Fiction/Short Story” to hear each piece read and then give engage in a praise/critique session with each writing piece. A prompt will be assigned and a word limit will be suggested a week before the Writing Circle meets.

When: Sunday April 29 8 p.m. CST

Your host/moderator: Melissa from Peanut Butter in my Hair

Genre description: Fiction: something created and  imagined by you based on a prompt. It can be a short story or a scene from something bigger.

How and Where: Via Skype and Google Documents in the comfort of your own home!

Details:  Writing Circle is absolutely free of charge, but there is only space for FOUR participants. The first four people to  register will be accepted. Please fill out this form to register.

Comments? Questions? Leave it below and we’ll be sure to answer!

Our first Writing Circle was a huge success and everyone had a great time! You can read some of the post from that writing circle (genre was Life out Loud/Memoir) at Undercover Mother, Alita Jewel’s Treasures and Sassy Irish Lassie.

Live. Love. Write.

Writing Me… I am {Ginny Marie}

Welcome to Writing Me: Part III, a community writing project to celebrate creative inspiration collectively, and as individuals. For the next few weeks, we will be writing the I Am Poem. Be sure to link yours up! This week, we’re sharing Ginny Marie’s.

I am awake, alive, tingling with the excitement of a new day.
I wonder, what will I accomplish?
I hear voices chattering, “Good morning, Mama!”
Barely touching the floor as they scamper around the kitchen, I see pajama-clad feet.
I want to gather up my babies and keep them this age forever.
I am in love.

As I shower, water spraying on my face, I pretend I am a writer as ideas fly into my head.
I feel those ideas fluttering around me as beautiful glimpses of what could be.
I touch the edges of their wings, trying to tie them down.
Yet there is no pinning them to my paper. I cry with frustration.
I am bogged down by the letters, the words, the language that is inadequate to tell you how I feel.
I worry: will you understand?

I understand how little I know; how life is but a journey. And so I keep on, the constant traveler.
I say what I believe to be true. I adjust my thoughts to new ideas and new truths.
I dream to inspire.
I try to spread the love of the journey, the love of learning.
And I hope that someday, you and I will fly.
I am mother, writer, teacher.

About Ginny Marie: So, what is life like fifteen years after my breast cancer diagnosis? Life goes on! Since I was diagnosed when I was 27, along came marriage and two children after breast cancer. I write about this fine life on my blog, Lemon Drop Pie


Writing Me… I am {Adrienne}

Welcome to Writing Me: Part III, a community writing project to celebrate creative inspiration collectively, and as individuals. For the next few weeks, we will be writing the I Am Poem. Be sure to link yours up! This week, we’re sharing Adrienne’s from My Memory Art.

Writing Me…I Am {Adrienne}
 I am settled into the comfort of our Saturday morning.

I wonder little to nothing when settled here, at home, with him.

I hear country music, passing cars and the tap, tap, tap of lap top keys.

I see curtains I don’t like and chores that need doing.

I want little to nothing when settled here, at home, like this.

I am content.

I pretend nothing in this place, this safe place.

I feel complete, connected to the family we built, even though the ‘nest’ is empty.

I touch their lives, as they’ve touched mine. We shape and mold each other.

I worry very little about us, or about them.

I cry easily. With them. For them. In sorrow. In joy. With gratitude.

I am, more than anything else, a wife and a mom.  A homebody.

I understand our dynamics and cherish them.

I say little, and am heard.

I dream of many more years like these, of the other child’s wedding and of grand kids.

I try to make lots of memories and to capture them;  to make the moments last.

I hope for…long for…spiritual growth, seasons of creativity and bits of laughter.

I am home.

Adrienne is a 51 year old “empty nester” who loves scrapbooking, blogging, photography and camping. She shares her love for God, her family and her hobbies on her blog My Memory Art. Though it’s her job as office manager that helps ‘pay the rent’, it’s the creative, crafty stuff that she considers to be her real work.