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Why You Should Join Writing Circles

This post is written by Adrienne of My Memory Treasure in response to her experience in participating in one of our recent Writing Circles

It was about six months ago that I discovered the Bigger Picture Blogs. Through some linky or other I stumbled onto Alita’s page…fell in love with her!… and then started reading each of the bloggers that contribute to this site. I feel so grateful to have found such a sensitive, supportive and creative community!

When I first saw the dates for a writing circle, I was immediately drawn to the idea! But, as quickly as the thought had come that said, “Yes! This looks amazing” there was another thought right behind it. And this thought sounded more like, “Oh, you can’t do this. Just because you have a blog, doesn’t make you a writer. You’re not good enough or experienced enough for this.” So, I tried to swallow the desire to join in, but it kept resurfacing…so I did it! I signed up!
And I am so glad that I did!

Here are the top three things I’ve loved about my experience with the writing circles. They are:

1. Motivational. Having a deep, layered writing prompt has pushed me to dig into my heart and write from a vulnerable part of myself that I didn’t even know was ready to express itself. I have been inspired by the specific direction and guidance given and have loved having the goal of a date and time to get me writing.
2. Safe. The time we spend together reading and critiquing and encouraging each other as writers has been so rewarding. The feedback has been so constructive and helpful and the positive reinforcement has fueled my desire to keep writing. Most importantly, the atmosphere created is respectful and very safe. It was hard to jump in the first time….after that, I just wanted more!
3. Efficient. I really appreciate this! Given how busy we all are, I have to really commend the way this is run! Not only is everything super clearly communicated on the front end, but the meeting itself starts on time, is long enough for everyone to feel heard and fully participate and doesn’t drag on. I’m not sure I can think of when I’ve felt more of a reward for time invested.

I’ve put my name in the mix again for some of the upcoming writing circles. If you’re considering it, let me encourage you to hop on board! THANKS to all who have invested in making these times available ~ my hopes of finding and defining my voice as a writer are being nurtured here. And that is a wonderful gift!

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We still have spots open for these upcoming Writing Circles:

  • Poetry Thursday August 9, 2012 8:00 pm CT
  • Life out Loud August (date TBA) 
  • Fiction – Short Story Sunday September 16, 2012 8:00 pm 
  •  Fiction October (date TBA)

 Live. Love. Write. 

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Taking Your Writing to New Depths {Writing Circles- New Sessions}

The most dangerous limits are those in your own head. When you feel you’re at your edge, look again. You can go farther.*

Photo by M. Haak

Do you push yourself in your creative life or are you content to stay on flat land? Sometimes we need a friend to help guide us to the edge and be there as we take a leap.

We want to be that friend!

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.

We give you a prompt and a genere and ask you to push yourself, to stretch your writing muscles find your edge. 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:

  • Tuesday July 17 – 7:30 pm CT, Life out Loud Hosted by Hyacynth
  • Sunday July 22 – 8:00 pm CT, Memoir Hosted by Melissa
  • Thursday August 9- 8:00 pm CT Poetry, Hosted by Alita
  • August – Date TBA 7:30 pm CT, Life out Loud Hosted by Hyacynth
  • Sunday September 16 – 8:00 pm CT, Fiction – Short Story Hosted by Melissa
  • October – Date TBA – Fiction Hosted by 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.

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

We look forward to growing together as writers!

If you’d like to take a peek, here are some finished Writing Circles pieces All  pieces were inspired from the latest Writing Circles prompt, were read aloud to the circle, were subject to praise and constructive criticism and then edited and reworked into final pieces.

Live. Love. Write.

A Moment for yourself, Self, Feb 2012

Writing Circles – New Dates!

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 add of Google Docs to share a written piece in a specific the genre to hear each piece read and then 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/Host/Genre:

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

Details: Our first 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.

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

We look forward to growing together as writers!

If you’d like to take a peek, here are two finished Writing Circles pieces from Alita and Hyacynth.  Both pieces were inspired from the latest Writing Circles prompt, were read aloud to the circle, were subject to praise and constructive criticism and then edited and reworked into final pieces.

Live. Love. Write.