Claim Writing as Your Art: wVw provides a safe, respectful space where writing can develop as your art
- Write in workshop
- Read to each other what we have just written, when we choose to do so
- Honor one another's work by listening deeply, giving each writer our full attention
- Respond to one another’s writing emphasizing what is strong and what we remember
We meet together for three hours. During that time, there are two writing, reading and response periods with a break for refreshments.
Workshop meetings begin with a free-write so that we transition from the busy-ness of daily life and open ourselves to the flow of words.
We write in response to prompts provided by the workshop leader. Each writer is invited to read newly composed work. You may read or not as seems preferable. There is no pressure. We listen deeply to one another and respond by indicating what we remember, what stays with us. We do not critique brand new writing.
The reading, deep listening and responding to newly written work teaches us to trust our unique voices. We learn how we best tell our stories and use language to make others laugh, cry, think or consider new ways of being in the world.
Writing in the company of male and female writers of all genres, levels of experience, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic status, sexual orientations, and belief or non-belief systems creates an experience that enriches and deepens our understanding of human nature. As a result, we grow as writers.
Writers are encouraged to submit a manuscript to workshop members, at least once during each weekly workshop series. During manuscript critiques we continue to follow wVw principles and guidelines, but we place greater emphasis on craft and what the writer might do to make the work more effective. We comment and give suggestions as experienced readers who want both the writer and the work (mnauscript) fulfill its potential.