Several writers asked for a longer class, so after a lot of thought, I’ve decided to go for it! I am excited to announce that I will be offering a course I haven’t in 14 years: a 6-month writing intensive that will cover almost all the writing exercises techniques in Writing Open the Mind, as well as the concepts that inspired them.
The 8-week course touched on some of the core aspects of this approach, such as: “intuitive juxtaposition,” “shatter/scramble,” the “oysters of word sounds,” and tapping into different locations of the brain to “prism” the mind. In this new course, we’ll deepen into these, as well as explore:
Going beyond just freewriting so we can also revise from the subconscious
Using movement of our physical body to source and revise writing
Liberating ways to structure a longer piece (escape the cage of the Roman numeral outline!)
Methods to tap into “the Subconscious of the World.”
I also want to give you a full box of tools and psychological approaches to help you work through any future stuck places you may encounter, a toolbox that you can use for years afterwards. You’ll also get sustained connection with the same group of people, and more time to work with me on the project(s) you care about.
"It is the pen which dreams." — Gaston Bachelard
Instead of teaching formulaic techniques, (such as “concrete description,” or “character development,” “plot structure” etc.) it is more important to create a nourishing environment that helps writers access the richness of their own consciousness, and build powerful writing naturally from there.
How it works
Each week you join your group online and get a key technique to let you experience freedom and enjoyment in writing. Then we will do a short, fascinating freewriting together—you’ll be producing powerful, surprising new material right away, on whatever topic you choose.
Next, pair off with a writing partner in a “breakout room” and–without judgement or criticism–you can read your new work (optional! ) to your partner get our signature kind of supportive, detailed and mind opening feedback.
Lastly, we all come back together and you can share your experience with the group and ask any questions of the instructor.
6-Month “Writing Open the Mind” Intensive Tuesday afternoons 1–3:30 PM PST
New series to start in October, email me with your interest and you’ll be the first to know.
Hold your space:
If you haven’t taken the 8 week course, it is NOT a prerequisite. And if you sign up for this one, you will receive all the mp3 audio recordings from that course with guided writing exercises to help you in this process, and access to the self-guided online course that is the foundation for all of it.
Plus these extras:
– A copy of Andy’s book, Writing Open The Mind, with more than 40 writing exercises – The option to record the writing exercises for your future use – Free access to a 2-week self-paced introductory online course to start you out
Sign up for your Writer’s Intensive Today
6-Month Course Registration
Starting Tuesday Afternoons, March 2, 1-3:30 PM PST
Use our friendly payment plan of $130 a month over 6 months:
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“Andy, Thank you for your faith and encouragement in me, for the gentle and overt invitations to return to the writing, to explore what’s possible, to remember to nourish my soul. I love the intimacy, sharing and support of our group.” — Monica Lemos, nurse
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