Tag: Creative Writing

If Not Now, When?

I will be reprising an introductory version of my newest workshop If Not Now, When?
at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, January 15th and Thursday, January 17th, from 12 Noon to 2 pm.
 
This progressive, 2-day class is designed to get you to manifest that story you keep saying you want to put on the page. The New Year is just around the corner – time to get your intentions in play!
 
Call the library to reserve your seat today. Limited to 12 participants.

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Writing in the New Year

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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!

Teresa Piccari

 

 

Engage Your Story

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COPYWRITING │ EDITING │ WORKSHOPS │ COACHING

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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.

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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.

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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.

Contact

Connect with The Village Scribe today:

Email: TheVillageScribe@hotmail.com

Facebook: TeresaPiccariWriter

 

 

Writing Workshops Winter 2018

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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.

Participation

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.

 

 

 

 

Winter 2017 Workshops

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Happy 2017 everyone! As we enter the introspective winter season here in Maine – it is the perfect time to delve into our creative natures. To use this quieter time and space to get in touch with what wants to come through us and manifest in the world. I look forward to gathering with you to produce creative content in small and supportive groups. You can expect to be supported in your endeavors amidst groups where a strong foundation of artistic camaraderie is cultivated. ∼ Teresa

Memoir & Personal Essay

In this course we will focus on distilling life moments and experiences that may be fit for the page. Whether you desire to capture key events for family members, or write for public consumption in book or essay form, this  class will help you take the initial steps in realizing your vision.

Putting our life story on paper can take many forms. Today’s memoir is not yesterday’s autobiography or the biographies many of us grew up reading. If you think linear timeline and “chock full of facts” when you think of memoir, this session will expand your perspective. Modern memoir is more deeply layered and textured, richly depicting a life journey, not superficial facts. Often they illustrate a particular life phase or time frame, rather than highlights of an individual’s lifetime.

Personal essays offer a writer space to create a  narrative story from their experiences, writing episodes from their life that have brought them in touch with humanity and their own sense of self. Exploring these happenings on paper, the writer can bear witness to their own evolution and transformation, providing an example to others at the same time.

Each week will feature lecture, custom writing prompts and exercises, work sharing and assignments in a dynamic and inspiring 2-hour session.

Fee $130  6 classes

Creative Writing Toolbox

A five-week workshop where we get back to 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 need a refresher class and a new perspective.

  • Together, we will explore sensory writing, to add depth and lushness to your work.
  • Learn how to plot a story that keeps readers turning the page to see what happens next.
  • 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.
  • Consider what point of view, or how your story is relayed to the reader, would be most effective for your particular work.

Each week will feature lecture, custom writing prompts and exercises, work sharing and assignments in a dynamic and inspiring 2-hour session.

Fee $115  5 classes

WWRWTW Study Group

An ongoing group that meets twice monthly to read and discuss the landmark Women Who Run With the Wolves book by Clarissa Pinkola-Estes.

We will explore the Wild Woman archetype, as described and explored by Pinkola-Estes, in stories and myths that celebrate the 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 natural instinctual nature as women – to celebrate our creativity, 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.

$80 per trimester/8 meetings

Participation

All workshops are offered on a rotating basis. Once I have a core group of 4 to 5 interested clients, I develop a schedule that works for all and we begin! All classes 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 copywriting and editing services. She is a professional writer with experience in media, advertising and corporate settings. She has been teaching writing for 20 years. She also provides individual Creativity Coaching/Mentoring for writers and artists.  Teresa is a longtime columnist who enjoys writing about creative process.

Fall 2016 Workshops

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I am offering 4 workshops this autumn:

Creative Daybook

My newest offering, created in 2016 to shift your creative work into the present tense!

After nearly 20 years of experience in working with writers and other artists, as well as my own creative journey, I have created a new workshop that models how to integrate awareness, and the crucial element of the present moment, to serve your creative work.

Beyond journal, beyond notebook, this class will demonstrate how to build a reservoir that reflects who you are as an artist and how you create. An interactive workshop that is tooled to provide clarity about your artistry, and to increase your productivity.

This 1-day class will immerse writers and artists into the actual hands-on reality of how you do what you do, what works and what doesn’t. By aligning with your own unique Creative Process, you will begin to build a Creative Daybook that will provide a wellspring of useful records, experiences, creative sparks, creative breakdowns and breakthroughs, fine-tuning of projects and finished results, that will bring you face-to-face with your creative self, and set you in forward momentum.

The whispering muses of Martha Graham, modern dance pioneer, and Edward Weston, photographer, are late and incredible artists to whom I owe a debt of gratitude for providing vintage inspiration for the development of Creative Daybook.

This introductory session is offered to writers and artists of all types and levels – although those who have a project track record will find it more beneficial. Please call the library at 236-3642 to sign up as space is limited. This is an interactive workshop and participants are asked to bring either a binder, simple notebook or paper for recording. Attendees are also encouraged to bring along any tools (such as tabs, flags, sticky notes, highlighters) they find useful.

Fee $80   One day -5 hours

Please bring a notebook and writing instrument. Light fare and beverage provided.

Creative Writing Toolbox

A five-week workshop where we get back to 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 need a refresher class and a new perspective.

  • Together, we will explore sensory writing, to add depth and lushness to your work.
  • Learn how to plot a story that keeps readers turning the page to see what happens next.
  • 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.
  • Consider what point of view, or how your story is relayed to the reader, would be most effective for your particular work.

Each week will feature lecture, custom writing prompts and exercises, work sharing and assignments in a dynamic and inspiring 2-hour session.

Fee $125  5 classes

Story & Quest

This class features the elements of the Hero’s Journey as extrapolated and envisioned by mythic scholar Joseph Campbell.  This course is designed to inspire movie buffs, writers, photographers and other artists whose work will benefit from an understanding of the elements of the heroic quest, and anyone interested in the underlying structure of story.

You will be immersed into the heroic quest through modern stories, as well as myths and fairy tales from other times and cultures. The stages of journey will be highlighted and you will be introduced to the archetypes, or characters, that heroes encounter as they make their way through a story.

Fee $150  6 classes

Creative Process

A 6-week course designed to help you uncover and embrace your particular artistic style so that you can be more creatively productive and find more enjoyment in the process. The foundation for this work is steeped in coaching, as opposed to critique.

This class is for all artists – writers, dancers, photographers, painters – storytellers across the board.

  • Create an Artistic Vision of the artist you see yourself being and the work you want to do.
  • Set Creative Goals that inspire and motivate you and produce measurable results.
  • Learn how to set up a physical space, where your creative work happens.
  • Develop practices that will serve your artistry.
  • Be supported in creative community and learn the finer points of artistic camaraderie.
  • Explore hands-on tools that will help you get your creative work done.
  • Give yourself permission to navigate the world as an artist and nurture your interior landscape.

Each week will include lecture topics tailored to the needs of the class members and the work they are producing, work-sharing by each participant, original creative exercises and informal group discussion of the creative and life issues that come up for participants and impact their work.

Fee $170  6 classes

All workshops are offered on a rotating basis. Once I have a core group of 4 to 5 interested clients, I develop a schedule that works for all and we begin! All classes 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 copywriting and editing services. She is a professional writer with experience in media, advertising and corporate settings. She has been teaching writing for nearly 20 years. Story and Quest form the core of her instruction. She also provides individual Creativity Coaching for writers and artists.  Teresa is a longtime columnist who enjoys writing about creative process.

Ducktrap Writers’ Round Table

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The Ducktrap Writers’ Round Table was launched on October 19, 2008 as a 2 hour, drop-in class at the Camden Public Library. It was a place for my clients and other writers to find their writing voices through original prompts I created, to learn about the elements of writing, to share their work and to learn artistic camaraderie in a supportive environment. It has met on and off over the years.

A new Memoir client proposed I offer a weekly drop-in class for 2 hours on Sunday afternoons, as a place for writers who work during the week. Ironically, that is when Ducktrap Writers’ always met.

In the spirit of generations of writers who have historically gathered around tables to practice and hone their craft, and to meet the needs of people with busy schedules, I have decided to re-launch Ducktrap Writers’ Round Table.

We will once again meet on Sundays from 2 pm to 4 pm, beginning Sunday, August 7th 2016. Fee is $15.

We will gather in a private Camden/Rockport setting.Please email TheVillageScribe@hotmail.com to RSVP, or for details and directions.

Check Teresa Piccari Writer Facebook page for updates or cancellations.

(Picture credit: Iowa Writers’ Workshop)