The title of Pat Schneider’s book outlining the principles of the Amherst Writers and Artist Technique is Writing Alone and with Others. I love the simplicity of that title and that what it suggests is a bit radical in the world of writing. Most of us who write have plenty of experience writing alone. In fact, that’s the aspect of the writing life that many find the most challenging. Writing is an isolating occupation, whether we do it for a living or we live to do it.
It’s the “with others” part of the title that can seem odd and even antithetical to the process of writing. Yet, when we come together with the intention of supporting one another in letting the words get out there, we can create an environment of creative energy in which amazing things happen.
I write alone nearly every day of my life and some days I like what I write and other days I think it stinks, but either way writing alone generally feels like work. When I write with others, whether in my own workshops or in groups, I always surprise myself and I always have fun.
When a group gathers to write together we create a kind of bubble around us that inflates with our combined imaginative energy. Once you experience it, you’ll appreciate how nourishing it is to write with others.
Most folks find that after writing in one of my workshops they go back to writing alone with a new vigor and excitement.
This holiday season, give yourself the gift of a writing workshop! Join us on December 1 for an all-day workshop at Deborah’s home in Mukilteo. To register or for more info: Deborah@Soundviewwriters.com