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Workshops

Memories, Dreams, Feelings:       
A Freewriting Workshop
 

How do we unlock our memories, dreams and feelings? Freewriting can be a powerful tool for liberating the treasures of the mind. Write in the moment, with evocative prompts to inspire you. Let your writing flow naturally, with no rules about how to shape it. Whatever you write is right!

 

Whether you're interested in memoir or just want to try personal writing, this Zoom workshop provides a safe space in which to explore new writing territory. In addition to prompts, short readings—including writers' reflections on opening up their own memories and feelings—will help excite, stimulate and motivate.

 

Each two-hour workshop session includes two freewriting periods. After each one, participants will have the opportunity to read their writing aloud—and to respond positively to what, in others' writing, pleases the ear or reverberates in the mind and heart. (Sharing is encouraged but never required.)

 

I respond to readings with positive reinforcement and encouragement. Workshop participation includes a 20-minute, one-on-one mentoring session with me via audio, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp or Zoom, on the writing subject or question of your choice.

 

Emerge from each workshop session with the beginnings or more of two solid explorations of new territory—in writing, in memory, in dreams or feelings!

 
The Fine Print

Six 2-hour workshop sessions:

Wednesdays, July 21-August 25 (July 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, 18, 25)

1PM-3PM ET; 12PM-2PM CT/San Miguel; 11AM-1PM MT; 10AM-12PM PT

$240 (includes a 20-minute one-on-one mentoring session with me via Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp or Zoom on the writing subject or question of your choice.

 

To register, and for payment options:

  1. Contact me via QUICK LINKS > Email the Author in righthand column.
  2. Please write "Freewriting Workshop" in the subject line.

NB:

  • Pod size is limited for maximum participation.
  • Prompts and short readings will be emailed prior to each session.
  • Join the pod on any device (computer, tablet, phone). Good wifi helps, but participants can also call in.

Facilitator

Signe Hammer has taught writing workshops for 40 years, including New York University (Award for Teaching Excellence}, the San Miguel Writers Conference and private in-person and Zoom workshops. She has been an editor at both a major book publisher and a national magazine. She has published four nonfiction books, along with short stories, poetry, reviews and many national-magazine feature articles. Her memoir was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book.

 
Previous Workshops

MY PANDEMIC DAYS:
A NEW COVID ZOOM WRITING POD

No more Blursdays!

Down with doomscrolling!


Write!

Our Pod offers dedicated time each week to focus on your writing in a safe, protected space.


Write for yourself, for your nearest and dearest, for the strangers you want to reach.


Explore memoir, fiction, personal essay, blog post or poem, or just write what's in your mind and heart and see what shape it takes.


Seasoned writer or beginner, everyone writes!


 

Soothe those waiting-for-the-vaccine jitters!

Banish third-wave-lockdown déjà vu!

Write!



Prompts and short readings will help inspire new writing, or new takes on a current project.


Everyone will have the chance to read aloud (sharing is encouraged but not required), and to respond positively to what, in others' writing, pleases the ear or reverberates in the mind and heart.


Emerge from each Pod session with a solid beginning or real progress on one or more narratives or poems.


Straighten the pandemic time warp. Write!



 

My Pandemic:
A Covid Zoom Writing Pod for All

Our Covid Zoom Writing Pod is a private, safe, protected space where we can explore our experiences and express our thoughts, fears and feelings about this pandemic we are all living through.

 

Our Pod offers dedicated time each week to focus on your writing. Seasoned writer or beginner, everyone writes!

 

Prompts and short readings will help inspire new writing, or new takes on a current project: "A moment when I feared things were completely out of control. A moment when I knew I could cope."

 

Write for yourself, for the people you know and love, or for the readers you hope to reach. Write memoir, fiction, personal essay, blog post or poem, or just write what's in your mind and heart and see what shape it takes.

 

Everyone will have the chance to read their writing aloud (encouraged but not required), and to respond positively to what, in others' writing, pleases the ear or reverberates in the mind and heart.

 

Emerge from each Pod session with a solid beginning or real progress on one or more narratives or poems.

 

Writing is healing,

Writing is the beginning of understanding;

Claim your voice and write!