In the fall of 2015, at the invitation of my friend, Liz Sheehan, I led a writing workshop in her studio space at her home overlooking Farm Pond in Sherborn. The workshop was for women who wanted to write creatively from their personal photos. It was meant to last six weeks. Everyone joined the group at a different level of writing experience.
Using my guide to writing creatively from personal photos, participants spontaneously crafted poetry and prose, much of which they also revised and polished over the course of the weeks. I wanted them to have the risky and satisfying experience of sharing their writing and stories with a wider circle. And so, Liz offered her living room and fireplace and we made delicious food, invited friends and family, lit the fire, and the members read, (some for the first time), their writing in a truly supportive atmosphere. Family and friends listened to their loved ones reading this illuminating writing, and it warmed and inspired and delighted them.
Such a strong connection has grown among members –both to their commitment to their own creative writing time, as well as to the shared support and friendship for each other, we have just completed our third year, and will continue this fall.