$175 | 4 Weeks
Want to find a way to stay sane during the craziest season of the year? Want to connect with other writers and keep your writing practice going but not commit to perfectly polished poems and prose during this too-many-expectations holiday season? Want to have fun, let air out of your high-pressure days by writing whatever bubbles up without deadlines or assignments?
If your answer is yes, please join us for Simple Winter Sanity-Saving Writing Circles! Each week, all you have to do is click on the Zoom invitation you’ll be sent, show up on your computer screen for 1.5 hours, armed with pen and notebook, ready to write as fast and messily as you can.
Write, vent, laugh, and sail through December with four Saturdays of Zoom writing circles: a chance to let it all out onto the page. We’ll write in timed bursts, read aloud to each other, plus commune on the classroom site between writing circles.
We will also have an ongoing forum in our writing platform to check in each week, share writing, and support each other through the season.
Schedule of Writing Circles
We will meet on four Saturdays (December 7, 14, 21, and 28) from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM US Pacific time.
We will also have a second meeting each week (four additional meetings), timed to best meet the schedules of the class members.
If you need help getting set up on Zoom, Susan and the Writers.com staff are happy to help.
Through the month of December, we will join together on Zoom to write away the winter frenzy and/or blues in weekly writing circles. We’ll also have some fun on the classroom site. Each week, there will be OPTIONAL writing ideas, discussion prompts, and encouragement to flourish through the month.
Through the month of December, we will join together on Zoom to write away the winter frenzy and/or blues in weekly writing circles. We’ll also have some fun on the classroom site. Each week, there will be optional writing ideas, discussion prompts, and encouragement to flourish through the month.
Week One – Thrive
Although winter can be the most challenging season for some, due to chillier weather, darker days, and more family expectations/obligations/expenses, there ARE ways to thrive, not just survive. Beginning in Week One, we will focus on thriving and tap into the best parts of the season.
Week Two – Nourish
‘Tis the season for the warm and nourishing comfort of food and lifestyle practices. In Week Two, we will explore ways to feed body, mind, and spirit.
Week Three– Light
Winter Solstice occurs during Week Three. We will take a look at what this darkest day of the year means in our world. Winter Solstice is believed by some to be a time for renewal and self-reflection. What a perfect time to write whatever bubbles up in our circles.
Week Four – Ceremonies & Rituals
The final week of December is a time for releasing the old and ringing in the new. It’s also time for ceremonies, rituals, and festivals around the globe. We will wrap up our month by remembering classic holiday/seasonal practices from our past while considering new ones we may want to add for our future.
Learn more about how our courses work here, and contact us with any other questions.
Susan's class was a joy. It was well organized and interesting. Susan is a caring and very invested teacher. She was very present all during the class and her feedback was well thought and helpful. Ariela Zucker
Susan was lovely and responded in a timely manner. She gave detailed feedback... The content of this class was PERFECT. Lessette F. Altamiranda.
Susan brought together a group of strangers from all walks of life and all points on the continent, and under her calm and insightful leadership encouraged us to find our own writing styles, speak our own truths, and support each other as a community. Jennifer Burton
This was a terrific class. The lessons were well-organized and stimulating. They had excellent "lectures" and plenty of additional resources and ideas. I will be able to refer back to them for inspiration for months. Susan was a thoughtful and resourceful teacher. She was able to nurture an especially lively and collegial relationship among the class, as we discussed the lessons and responded to each other's writing. Please encourage Susan to offer this class again! Marge Osborn
I have taken a number of courses at Writers.com and I have always found the teachers did a good job. My all- time favorite teacher is Susan Vespoli. She did an excellent job of providing readings that set a creative tone and she chose excellent prompts. She assured us that it was not necessary to use what she provided. I appreciated the manner in which she responded to our shares. At no time did I feel that I was taking a risk in reading what I wrote because Susan had created such a safe place. Jane Knox
Taking Susan’s workshop helps me generate tons of ideas for my fiction writing. It also helps me write regularly. I cannot wait to join her next session. Sharon Mirza
The writing circles on Zoom have been my favorite part of this class. Being able to write at scheduled times rather than around the clock really helps me to set writing dates and to write with others. Also, I like the spontaneous nature of the writing on Zoom meetings, and being able to see and hear the other students and the teacher. Noa Granot
This class was amazing! Susan did a fantastic job with the curriculum and with keeping the group moving with discussion and encouragement. Susan created a very safe experience for all of us. She's a fantastic facilitator - providing poems and lines from those poems that somehow really tap into things for me. Andi Reed