Writing Past Shame: Daily Schedule

*Please note, slight alterations may occur as we get closer to the date.


There will be one-on-one 15 minute sessions for each participant with each of the three of us — Anna, Wendy, Antonia — for a total of 3 sessions per participant over the course of the weekend.


Friday, December 4:
3 to 5 pm: Check in and get settled, explore property, enjoy hot tub
5 to 6 pm: Welcome and wine. Antonia, Wendy and Anna will talk about their own writing and connections to fear and shame and the journey it was — and is — to get past those things.
6 to 6:15 pm: Guided Writing (write about why you came to this workshop)
6:15 to 7:15 pm: Dinner
7:15 to 7:30 pm: Courage to write tough stuff and the myth of courage and fears and blocks (wendy)
7:30 to 7:45 pm: The relationship of revelations and secrets to writing and what you give up and gain (tell all my secrets, let go of shame) (anna)
7:45 to 8:15 pm: Session on writing the body, writing sexuality, being seen as one person in the world (antonia)
8:15 to 8:45 pm: Detailed group introductions and add sentence to 6 pm writing (and if I were really honest I’d add…..)
8:45 to 9 pm: Session Closing
9 to 10 pm: Fireplace, s’mores, hot tub, general cavorting
10 pm to 7 am: Quiet time

Saturday, December 5
8 to 9 am: Breakfast
9 to 10 am: Peeling back fear and shame — goal setting about your own writing and finding your form and your story (including discovery prompts) (themes and forms) (what’s your next step) (wendy, antonia, anna)
10 to 11 am: Guided Writing to go deeper into your work (wendy, antonia, anna)
11 to 11:30 am: Check-in
11:30 am to 12:30 pm: Q and A about your own writing/craft/issues (wendy, antonia, anna)
12:30 to 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 to 2:30 pm: 1-1 sessions with anna/wendy/antonia
2:30 to 3:30 pm: Elements of your story — your emotional plot and what’s in all that shame and fear and avoidance — and VOICE (wendy, antonia, anna)
3:30 to 5 pm: Work on the hard parts of your story and talk through what happens and mine those bits — and get to “here is the story I want to tell” AND “here’s how I can tell it” (wendy, antonia, anna)
5 to 6 pm: Wine and snacks and 1-1 sessions with anna/wendy/antonia
6 to 7 pm: OPTIONAL (it’s all optional but this is extra optional) Publishing Q & A (editors, agents, books, audience, community, lit citizen — ask us!) (wendy, antonia, anna)
7 to 8 pm: Dinner
8 to 10 pm: Cavorting, fireplace, s’mores, hot tub
10 pm to 7 am: Quiet time

Sunday, December 6
8 to 9 am: Breakfast and talk about boundaries and navigating the reactions of others to our writing — what’s fair and not — (wendy, antonia, anna)
9 to 10 am: 1-1 sessions with anna/wendy/antonia
10 to 10:45 am: Make and share an action plan and talk about practicalities
10:45 to 11:30 am: Final, closing, the myth of one write way— voice, self care — any final q’s
11:30 am to 12 noon: Check out