Tag: Writing

Reading at Salt Pond Studio

I was thrilled to debut a brand new piece of Creative Nonfiction alongside writers Lorraine Salmon and Charlotte Annie on October 19th at Salt Pond Studio in Friendship, Maine.

Lorraine was in from New York to read from and sign her poignant memoir, What’s Better Than This?

Charlotte Annie shared a beautiful piece from her work of Creative Nonfiction on eulogies.

It was great to be back in Friendship, where the creative arts are well and thriving with the support of Charlotte and artist Pam Cabanas, who sponsored the event that was held at Pam’s lovingly restored Salt Pond Studio.

It’s always exciting when I have an opportunity  to expand my creative connections!

 

 

 

Engaging the Goddess Flyer

We are a month away from this fun 2-day workshop on the coast of Maine. A great way to reconnect with your goddess essence. And gentlemen – a wonderful gift for the special goddess in your life! Hope you will join Carrie Connors Hedstrom, Amanda Austin and me for this transformative weekend by the sea.

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Creative Daybook Sneak Peek!

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Join me at the Rockport Public Library on Wednesday, January 11th from 6 pm to 7:30 pm for a sneak peek into my newest class – Creative Daybook!

“This 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,” explained Piccari.

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.

Teresa Piccari is a  professional writer with experience in media, corporate and advertising settings. As proprietor of The Village Scribe, she provides copywriting and editing services. She is also a creativity coach who has been teaching a diverse palette of writing and creativity workshops for 20 years.

What Is Creative Process?

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Quite simply, it is how writers, visual artists, dancers, photographers, musicians and other artists do what they do.

In her novel Very Valentine, author Adriana Trigiani has an absolutely masterful five-page passage that shows her protagonist in deep Creative Process. The magic begins on page 206 as Valentine sets to work on a wedding shoe design as part of a competition run by Bergdorf Goodman. The winner will be showcased in the department store’s coveted holiday windows display.

Scene from Chapter 9 The Hudson River:

We see the third-generation shoemaker Valentine, settle in for a design session as she channels the wisdom of her grandmother Teodora, also her mentor at The Angelini Shoe Company they run together in Greenwich Village, NYC.

“Gram has taught me that, as custom cobblers, we have succeeded only when we have taken something a client needs and turned it into something she desires. I have to think like the bride who chooses to wear this gown and design shoes to complement her style.”

As she sits at the family dining table, Valentine gathers swatches, photos and other items of inspiration together as she considers the many elements that go into shoe design, including line, balance, shape, fit, texture.

“Gram says to keep it simple but not to be afraid of dramatic elements. These are the arenas an apprentice must master. All these notes must dance in the head of an artist as she creates; one element cannot take precedence over another, rather, the goal is a harmonious confluence of all of them. This harmony creates beauty.”

Read it…and be inspired! I was and so have the many clients with whom I have shared this work by Trigiani.

Barnswallow Maker Bee

FrenchWreathBeeIt’s Maker Bee night! Gather your creative project and head on over to join with other makers, artists and writers to bask in the muse. Tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 at Barnswallow Books, an independent, curated shop, in the heart of Rockport Village.

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Join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 5:30 to 7:30

Winter 2016 Workshops Forming

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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.

Creative Process

An 8-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.

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Study Group: Women Who Run With the Wolves

An ongoing group that will meet regularly to read and discuss this landmark book by Clarissa Pinkola-Estes.

We will explore the Wild Woman archetype, as described and illustrated 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.

Attendance

All classes will be held in the Camden-Rockport area of Midcoast Maine and begin in January 2016. For more information or to register, please inquire through this blog or email Teresa directly at TheVillageScribe@hotmail.com