Are you ready to make the most of the your creativity as we turn the page on 2019?
Please join me for a Writing Workshop that will begin in early January and run for 6-to-8 weeks. We will meet weekly for two hours.
Is it time to breathe life into some characters who have been rambling around in your brain? Or perhaps capture the chapters of your life? Make the most of our introspective season and begin, or expand, your story in a supportive environment.
This class will be a hybrid, as I will include both fiction and non-fiction writers in the group. You will be supported in your writing goals and encouraged to produce new work each week for sharing.
You can expect to receive custom advice for your work, as well as original prompts and exercises to get your creative juices flowing.
All levels of writers, both new and experienced, writing across all genres, are welcome, provided they are motivated and open to a group experience. Feedback will follow an acknowledgement model as opposed to critique. You will need to adhere to good artistic camaraderie.
Classes will be held in a private setting in Camden, Maine. Please email questions or register at TheVillageScribe@hotmail.com.
I look forward to helping you bring your story to the page!
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Engage Your Business Story
Your website is state of the art, your brochures are glossy or environmentally conscious, you are adept at every social medium platform. Your staff is in command of the latest technology and you have a slick design team. What’s missing? Having all the bells and whistles won’t be effective without good content.
As our culture becomes more digital intense, your message can get lost. Customers want to know what your company is about. That is why a strong brand identity is crucial. They want to know your story. The human psyche is not wired to remember facts and numbers – we are wired for story.
Good content delivers your brand effectively. It conveys what makes you unique and separates you from the crowd. Story drives business. Reset your content and increase business.
I offer copywriting and editing at reasonable hourly and project rates.
Engage Your Personal and Fictional Stories
Is it time to set your own story on the page as memoir or personal essay? Everyone has a story to tell. Telling your personal story can help you look at the trajectory of your life and make meaning of it. In Memoir & Personal Essay the focus is to generate engaging narrative.
Crafting solid fictional stories requires strong writing resources. My Creative Writing workshop delivers the primary elements of character development, writing natural dialogue, conveying your writing style, experimenting with setting and place, how to plot development in a story and choosing a point of view to tell the story. You will also learn how to hone your senses to add depth and lushness to your writing.
Cultivating an understanding of the Hero’s Journey as envisioned by mythic scholar Joseph Campbell, instructs writers and other artists in the foundation of story and why it is crucial in developing stories that appeal to readers and other audiences.
Engage Your Artistry
I provide individual coaching for writers and other artists.
The objective is 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.
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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.
Thanks to anyone who tuned into my show on the Hero’s Journey earlier! Didn’t have time to play this Grateful Dead song but wanted to share it with you. Ripple by The Grateful Dead.
The band was influenced by Joseph Campbell’s work and invited him to a concert in the mid-80s. Here is what Joseph Campbell said about that experience:
“I got something there that made me note that this is magic. And it’s magic for the future. They hit a level of humanity that makes everybody at one with each other. It doesn’t matter about this race thing, this age thing, I mean, everything else dropped out.”
(from The Hero’s Journey, published in 2003 by New World Library)
“The wonderful thing was, compared to the Hitler rallies that you see in the film (The Hero’s Journey) that were used to a political purpose, here it was just the experience of the identity of everybody with everybody else. I was carried away in a rapture. And so I am a Deadhead now.”
Perhaps that “future” is now, and that sense of the magical oneness of humanity is the elixir so desperately needed in America right now. May that sense of unity ripple through our culture.
Perhaps this is how we carry the myth forward, to make it our reality, and heal.
Last October I participated in a Poetry of Place workshop offered by Boston (via Atlantic City, not far from my Philly home) Poet Barbara Helfgott Hyett at the stunning 26 Split Rock Cove in South Thomaston, Maine. What a treat to be visited by this amazing creature as we made poems Saturday afternoon. Thanks Sandy Weisman for bringing us all together. How blessed were we?
I observed them
arriving in their city cars
toting bags of notebooks
On day two
the poets gathered
at the teak table
What can I say?
I was bored
the coy beast in me
wanted some attention
I padded on all fours
near to the house
gave my lush, bushy tail
a teasing flick
and trotted away
I knew the woman
with a nice mane of her own
curls of auburn
I heard them push back
from the table
rushing on their slow two legs
to the windows
for dramatic tension
I appeared from the brush
Shock and awe
Human brains scrambled
a female voice
I posed atop a rock rise
Allowing them a good look
Opened my impressive jaws
biting a whiff of human
in the air
They returned to their work
“What did I see
I had not seen before?”
My image striking deep
in their core
they will take back to the city
working them as they sleep
during busy days
tufts of fur
an eyelash away
– Teresa Piccari
October 23, 2016
I just love this prose poem On the Way to Coney Island by Mark Nepo that I stumbled upon in today’s Huffington Post.
Can’t you just see him as a young boy in that kingdom of a dusty basement with the see through stairs? And the last line just slays me!
Nice little writing prompt tucked into the blog post-don’t miss it!
Excited to share it with my Memoir clients tomorrow at the launch of a new workshop.
I know Nepo as a spiritual writer and am familiar with The Book of Awakening but did not know him as a poet. Now I do and am glad for it. Guess I have some reading to do.
Hope you enjoy.