An online writing journey from Voice & Vessel.
Open to all experience levels, voices, and writing styles.

You’re invited to Rooted in Wonder, an online writing workshop from Voice & Vessel. Over four weeks, I'll guide you in generating lots of raw material and new writing. Join from anywhere in the world and write at your own pace, on your own schedule. Rooted in Wonder is a nature-inspired workshop that will help you:

  • Feed your imagination and fill the blank page by tapping moments of beauty and curiosity.
  • Energize your writing with new language and images that leap, surprise, and connect to a sense of place.
  • Turn to the wild, awe-inspired parts of your voice, where you can root your words in spaces, feelings, ideas, and questions that are a unique part of your story.

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, 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 workshop! Over four weeks, Rooted in Wonder will offer prompts, readings, and creative guidance to explore:


The Poetry of Attention: Strengthening your powers of observation and enlivening your writing with new details, images, and language


The Ground of Making: Connecting to a sense of place, using writing as a map of places inherited and imagined, and planting your stories within their unique world


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


The Invitation to the Wild: Embracing 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.

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.

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 April 9, 2018. 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.

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 Returning Writers

If you wrote with Rooted in Wonder in 2017, thank you! The 2018 session will have many of the same prompts and exercises, so I do not recommend signing up again... but I do encourage you to revisit your materials from last year to see what they might seed now.

If you wrote with me for Winter Fires, I'd love to keep the creative adventure going with Rooted in Wonder. 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 wanted to develop 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 2018. 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.

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.