Your Words, Your Voice:
Exploring Expressive Writing

“Your writing group has been – and continues to be – a soul-filled experience. Thanks for giving so much of yourself.”
S.K.

The process of expressive or creative writing, especially when there are no expectations of a specific outcome, can be a therapeutic and transformative process. It stimulates your imagination and helps you think more innovatively. You begin to develop your own unique voice and perspective, giving you the opportunity to express yourself without reservation. Creating characters and settings helps you to communicate more succinctly, a valuable skill in all realms of life. Studies have shown that expressive writing yields mental, emotional and physical health benefits such as alleviating stress and warding off severe illnesses.

When you join this friendly writing group, you will explore your own distinctive voice as you spontaneously write in response to poetic or artistic prompts. You will be encouraged to allow your words to appear in whatever form they take, and to appreciate your creativity as well as that of others. Sharing your newly crafted story deepens your experience because feedback from this non-judgmental circle of writers focuses only on the strengths of each story. We make it safe to write what needs to be written.   

A Writer Shares Her Thoughts About This Writing Group
“It’s healing to share what you have written with people who listen intently, who tell you what stays with them, who find meaning you didn’t know was there, who say “me, too” and who aren’t afraid to hear about your scars…Every week I am amazed at the way a writing prompt can inspire people in so many different directions.” 
Margo Fowkes  (read her entire post here:  Salt Water )

This writing group of both men and women is based on the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) philosophy founded by Pat Schneider that everyone has a unique voice; everyone is born with creative genius; and that writing belongs to all people regardless of economic or educational level. A basic premise is that the sharing of writing can be done without damage to artistic self-esteem.

“Whether your purpose for writing is artistic expression, communication with friends and family, the healing of the inner life, or achieving public recognition for your art – the foundation is the same: the claiming of yourself as an artist/writer and the strengthening of your writing voice through practice, study, and helpful response from other writers.”
                                                                  — Pat Schneider “Writing Alone and With Others”

“I truly hate missing our special writing group. Every week my heart is
touched and I experience growth. Your leadership puts us on paths
we’d never enter on our own. Thanks!”
Billie Snow

 2021
Winter/Spring Schedule:

Monday Afternoons:
2:30 – 5:30 pm PST
6 week series:
Session 1: Jan 11 – Feb 15
Session 3: Mar 8 – April 12
Session 5: May 3 – June 7

Tuesday Nights:
THIS CLASS IS FULL
Returning writers only
6:00 – 9:00 pm PST
6 week series:
Session 2: Jan 12 – Feb 16
Session 4: Mar 9 – April 13
Session 6: May 4 – June 8


Fees:
$70 per 6 week series
You may pay for more
than one
session at a time
Facilitator: Carol Mathew-Rogers
Location: online via Zoom Video
conferencing software

Registration:
New participants must contact facilitator in advance
carol@creative-edge.org or (916) 341-9563

Returning participants pay below
(1 or more sessions) or
by check made out to The Creative Edge,
mailed to
     The Creative Edge
     8822 Swallow Way
     Fair Oaks CA 95628

FACILITATORS WANTED!

In order to expand the creative arts into the world, Creative Edge is always looking for facilitators who have introspective and creative workshops to offer in areas such as visual arts, music, storytelling and other creative opportunities. Partnering with us expands your program reach to the benefit of all our participants. For a facilitator application, or to suggest a workshop, please send an email to Carol@creative-edge.org.

OUR REGISTRATION/REFUND POLICY

To honor the commitment of registrants and presenters we have a one-week registration deadline for all events unless otherwise noted. If the minimum number of registrants is not reached one week prior to an event, Creative Edge reserves the right to cancel the event. For events cancelled by Creative Edge, 100% of monies paid by registrant will be refunded. You may cancel your registration for an event by its registration deadline and be refunded all but a 10% processing fee or $5 minimum. For cancellations after the registration deadline we regret we cannot offer refunds as the monies are already committed.