Happy 2018 everyone! Winter in Maine happened fast this year, plunging us into arctic temperatures and the deep introspective season. Why not make creative hay with what nature is offering us? The time and space to open yourself up to the stories, both real and imagined, that yearn to find their place on the page. These workshops are intimate, limited to six participants, so each person is fully seen and heard. This winter, I am taking a different approach to scheduling, honoring the time constraints so many people find themselves in, by offering 1 and 2-day intensives that will immerse you in brief but purposeful creative sessions to cultivate new writing . I hope you will join me in these creative endeavors! ∼ Teresa
Memoir & Personal Essay Intensive
A 2-day intensive (8 hours) creating written tableaus from your life
In this class we distill life experiences and themes for the page through original writing prompts and traditional writing exercises that have been proven to deliver meaningful narrative.
Putting your life story on paper can take many forms. Modern memoir is deeply layered and textured, richly depicting a character arc over time.
We will focus on generating narrative that connects you with your own essence and experience of humanity. Through exploration on paper, the writer can bear witness to their evolution and transformation, and make meaning of their journey.
Personal essays offer the writer an economy of space and words to create short pieces that can powerfully depict your unique experiences and perspectives, and provide a map of sorts for others.
This is a dynamic class that will take you into a deep, but refreshing, dive into your life. You won’t come up or leave empty-handed!
Offered January 27-28, February 10-11, March 10-11 Fee $130/ limited to 6 participants
Creative Writing Toolbox Intensive
A 5-hour workshop focused on the basic tools of fiction writing
This workshop is meant for anyone new to the craft, looking to develop tools they will need for the writing journey, as well as experienced writers who want to refresh their approach and gain a new perspective as they begin a new project.
You will spend 5 hours immersed in creative writing fundamentals, crafting pieces driven by original writing prompts and leave with several pages of new writing.
- Together, we will explore sensory writing, to add depth and lushness to your work.
- Create characters who are appealing and capable of evoking empathy.
- Write dialogue that is natural and moves your story forward in a purposeful manner.
- Play with different settings, or time and place, to discover what will best serve your work.
- Explore different styles, or elements and techniques, used in storytelling.
Offered January 20, February 17, March 3 Fee $80/limited to 6 participants
Hero’s Journey Fundamentals
This 1-day, 3-hour class, will feature the elements of the Hero’s Journey as envisioned and extrapolated by mythic scholar Joseph Campbell. Gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of the Hero’s Journey will help inspire any creative – writers, artists, musicians, photographers and more – interested in the underlying structure of story.
You will be immersed into the heroic quest through stories, myths and fairy tales, as well as modern feature movies. The stages of journey will be highlighted and you will be introduced to the archetypes, or characters, that heros encounter as they make their way through a story.
This is a seminar-style format designed for group discussion.
Offered Janaury 21, February 18, March 4 Fee $60/limited to 6 participants
WWRWTW Study Group
New Group Launches this Month! An ongoing study group for women that meets twice monthly on Mondays, over 4 months, to read and discuss the landmark Women Who Run with the Wolves book.
We will explore the Wild Woman archetype, as described and explored in stories and myths that celebrate the divine feminine, feminine spirit, soul and intuition. As we read and study, we will share our our own stories, observations and reactions in an effort to embrace our instinctual nature – to celebrate our creativity and honor our passionate spirit and wisdom.
This longtime NYT bestseller was written over the course of 20 years by a respected mythic scholar, Jungian analyst, poet and traditional Latina cantadora.
$100 for 4-month trimester/includes 8 meetings
Winter Coaching/Mentoring Special!
Three (3) sessions for $100. Offered between January and March 2018.
I have worked with writers and other artists for over 20 years. We will work one-on-one to bring you into alignment with your unique creative process, create a vision that embraces your artistic nature, set motivating but attainable goals, and develop a foundation of creative ownership around your skills and talents.
My coaching practice is driven by two decades of working with creatives (in groups and individually), informed by practical and proven tools and excercises, nurtured by diverse healing traditions, inspired by classic quest and story paradigms, rooted in supportive coaching and motivation philosophies, and steeped in techniques honed through Artist Conference Network.
All classes will meet in a private setting in Camden, Maine. To Register please email: TheVillageScribe@hotmail.com
Teresa Piccari is the proprietor of The Village Scribe, which offers professional copywriting and editing services. She is a professional writer with experience in media, advertising and corporate settings. She has been teaching writing for 21 years. She also provides coaching/mentoring for writers and artists. Teresa is a longtime columnist who enjoys writing about creative process. She hosts and produces The 21st Century Bohemian, (a companion piece to her column of the same name) a weekly radio program on creativity at WRFR 93.3 Rockland/99.3 Camden and streaming globally at WRFR.org.