The 2016-2017 season of Winter Fires is now closed.
Registration for the 2017-2018 season will open in late 2017.
Thanks for your interest in Winter Fires. This is one of two seasonal, online writing workshops that I offer at Voice & Vessel. Winter Fires will be offered again in late 2017. Sign up for studio letters to learn when registration opens (and get prompts and creative support in the meantime).
Start the new year with a writing workshop that will
help you gather creative kindling and fire up your voice.
Open to all experience levels, voices, and writing styles.
A new session begins on January 17, 2017!
Five weeks of writing guidance, prompts, and practices that will
warm up your creativity this winter. Join in from anywhere in the world
and write along at your own pace, on your own schedule.
What creative wisdom is waiting for you at the beginning of 2017? Join me for a writing workshop to tune in to the rich energy of this time and find your own creative rhythm. Let's start 2017 with more heat in our voice, in our imagination, and on the page.
Winter Fires is an online writing workshop tuned to the deep and imaginative season. Over five weeks, we'll build up the inner bonfire of our creative lives. Each week, I'll share writing prompts, creative practices, and more kindling for your writing. Whether you've written for a long time or want to get started, Winter Fires will warm up your instincts on the page and beyond the page. We'll explore ways to:
Find the kindling of your stories and discover memories, ideas, and questions that generate heat for you
Stoke your unique voice and trust your instinct, so that your creative sparks get more room to breathe and grow
Deepen your imagination and tend its fire, so you can start the new year with more energy to create
You bring your empty page. I'll help you fill it,
using your own instincts and in your own voice.
The workshop starts January 17, 2017.
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 prompts, save an exercise for later, or revisit the recordings when you need a spark of inspiration.
A new session of Winter Fires begins on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. That day, you'll receive materials for the first week of your five-week writing journey. Once a week for five weeks, you'll receive the following by email:
- Guided writing practice and invitation to the page, delivered as a recording. Think of this as your creative grounding for the week. I'll help you get ready to face the blank page, and the guidance will build from week to week. Over the course of the journey, we'll work to trust our creative instincts more and move deeper into the writing.
- Writing prompts and creative practices 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. As we journey together, I'll share some ways to adapt prompts if you're interested in a particular form or a new challenge in your writing.
- Links to readings and resources, selected for this writing journey. These will be a mix of practical writing resources as well as reflective tools or readings to feed your creative spirit. I'll also share poetry, essays, and other writings that help you get 2017 off to a creative start.
Start the new year with new stories and a stronger voice.
Winter Fires starts January 17, 2017.
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.
I hope you'll hold a space for your writing this winter...
Just like us, creativity dresses differently for winter. This is the quieter, colder time of the year in many parts of the world. It may seem like a better time to hibernate than create, but I believe dark nights and cold mornings rile our creative senses in a good way. (The shock of a cold floor always makes me pay attention!)
There is so much creative energy hiding in plain sight. The darker and shorter days call for new routines. Our imaginations might drift to new ideas. Our creative urges sometimes feel more quiet or sleepy or even profound. For some of us, we're sleeping better thanks to the darkness... and that means our dreams are feeding us new stories. Some of us live in places where the snow tempts us to stay in and get cozy, inviting us closer to our inner voice.
Whatever your winter season looks like, there is kindling here. There is the spark of story. And there's creative wisdom that can be good to receive as 2017 begins. My hope is that Winter Fires will help you tune in to the rich energy of winter and find your own rhythm. Let's start 2017 with more creative heat in our voice, in our imagination, and on the page.
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 Midwest, An Alphabet of Embers, Cold Mountain Review, Watershed Review, Hermeneutic Chaos, Menacing Hedge, and elsewhere. Learn more.
About the Approach
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 Winter Fires is right for you.
Please say hello if you have any thoughts or questions.