Rooted in Wonder will be offered again in 2018!

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An online writing workshop from Voice & Vessel.
Open to all experience levels, voices, and writing styles.
The 2017 session is now closed for registration.
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Rooted in Wonder is one of the seasonal and online writing workshops offered at Voice & Vessel. If you missed out on this session, I hope you'll consider joining us next spring! Or check out Winter Fires, an online writing workshop tuned to the winter season.

This online workshop offers four weeks of support and writing prompts inspired by the energy of spring. Join from anywhere in the world and write along at your own pace, on your own schedule.

You’re invited to a new online writing workshop from Voice & Vessel. Starting with the spring equinox, I’ll share four weeks of writing prompts, creative readings, and seeds of inspiration. Rooted in Wonder is a generative, nature-inspired workshop that will help you:

  • Feed your imagination by tapping moments of beauty and curiosity.
  • Energize your writing with fresh language and strong images that leap, surprise, and create a sense of place.
  • Turn to the wild, awe-inspired parts of your unique voice, where you can root your words in the spaces, feelings, ideas, and questions that connect us to a feeling of "upness," as John Muir would say.

While Rooted in Wonder is inspired by the creative energy of nature, your writing may take you into memories, imaginative stories, and new worlds that aren't necessarily "about" nature. All experience levels, all forms of writing, and all kinds of ideas and stories are welcome in this workshop! Nature will be a prompt and guide to open the page to us, but what you find there will be entirely your own... and I'll be ready with plenty of support as you make the journey.

Seed Your Creative Attention.
Write with Nature's Wild Guidance.

Spring is an ideal time to plant the seeds of creative attention and find inspiration in early blooms and changing weather. It’s a season that invites us to the wild spaces of wonder in our creative life. When we make space for wonder through thoughtful practice, I believe our writing flourishes. We discover more moments that surprise us, new rhythms that breathe life into our creative projects, and language that's rich with the colors, names, and personalities of the ground under our feet. I'm excited to hold a wonder-watching space with you in this new workshop! Over four weeks, Rooted in Wonder will offer prompts, readings, and creative guidance to explore:


The Poetry of Attention: How to strengthen your powers of observation and enliven your writing with new details, bolder images, and fresh language


The Ground of Making: How to write from a deeper sense of place and plant your voice and stories within their unique world in memorable ways


The Rhythm of Creative Life: How to write with the cycles of the natural world, to unlock new energy in your writing and creative process


The Invitation to the Wild: How to embrace our smallness in the universe as a creative posture—one that holds a special space for awe and curiosity in our writing

You bring your empty page. I'll help you fill it,
in your own voice and using nature's invitations as our guide.

The 2017 session of Rooted in Wonder is now closed for registration.
Registration will open again in early 2018. In the meantime, check out upcoming workshops.

How the Writing Journey Works

This is an online writing experience that's open to you, wherever you are in the world. You'll write in the comfort of your own space, on your own schedule. No time zones to worry about, and no in-person sessions to attend. You can follow the weekly journeys, exercises, and prompts at your own pace. Because the materials are downloaded, you can keep working with them as long as you'd like. You can always come back to the prompts or recordings when you need a spark of inspiration.

Rooted in Wonder begins on the first day of spring. That day, you'll receive materials for the first week of your four-week writing journey. Once a week for four weeks, you'll receive the following by email:

  • A creative message and invitation to the page, delivered as a recording. I'll help you get ready to face the blank page, with a new theme each week (see descriptions above). Over the course of the journey, we'll work to tune our senses out in the world, deepen our attention to the creative invitations around us, and turn those invitations into moments of beauty, new images on the page, and fresh language to energize our writing.
  • A set of seven writing prompts for the week, delivered as a printable guide (PDF). These will build on the recorded practice and help you get new words on the page. All experience levels and forms of writing are welcomed. Whether you want to write poetry, essays, short stories, or even a journal entry or letter to a loved one, the prompts will support you.
  • Creative readings, quotes, and inspirational resources, selected for this writing journey. These will include a diverse mix of writers, artists, and other creative spirits who have looked to nature and the wild rumblings of the earth to inspire their work.

Energize your writing with new language, images, and inspiration.

The 2017 session is now closed for registration.
Sign up for studio letters to learn about future workshops.


Please note: Refunds are not available for this writing journey, but the good news
is that you'll be able to download the materials. So if you sign up and your plans change, 
you can download the recordings, prompts, and readings for use at a later date.

A Special Note for Winter Fires Participants

If you wrote with me for Winter Fires, I'd love to keep the creative adventure going with Rooted in Wonder. This is a new workshop, with new prompts, new readings, and its own spirit. It can be thought of as a sister workshop to Winter Fires.

I believe the earth's seasons offer something special for our creative rhythms. I work with this in my own writing life, and I’ve wanted to develop a series of seasonal workshops to share that with others. Winter Fires was Voice & Vessel's first online workshop to explore that and will be offered again in late 2017. Like the quiet of winter, it focuses on looking within, building the inner bonfire of creativity, and warming your instincts to find memories and images that generate heat for you.

Rooted in Wonder takes our creative gaze out into the world—to observe what’s unfolding in this new season and find wild spaces that inspire awe, curiosity, and wonder. Like Winter Fires, these will spark our memories and imaginations, but the source of inspiration and the ways we write with them will be unique to this workshop. Rooted in Wonder will be offered only once in 2017, starting on March 20.

About Your Guide

I'm Emily Stoddard, a writer, workshop leader, and the founder of Voice & Vessel. As a Certified Leader and Affiliate of the Amherst Writers & Artists Method, it's an honor to hold a space for people of all backgrounds to connect with their voice. Voice & Vessel is based in Michigan, and I support creative folks wherever the muse calls. My writing has appeared or is forthcoming in New Poetry from the MidwestAn Alphabet of Embers, Cold Mountain ReviewWatershed ReviewHermeneutic ChaosMenacing Hedge, and elsewhere. Learn more.

About the Approach

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The Amherst Writers & Artists Method is at the heart of Voice & Vessel's workshops, retreats, and writing journeys. The AWA Method was developed by Pat Schneider over 30 years ago, and it is now used in writing workshops around the world. If you want an experience that leaves you hungry to write more (and question yourself less), the AWA Method might just be your writing home. Learn more about the AWA Method.


I love to hear where folks are at in their writing journey.
I'd be glad to help as you reflect on whether this workshop is right for you. 
Please say hello if you have any thoughts or questions.