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Courses & Events

I host a variety of writing courses and events designed to help you step into writing, develop your unique voice and writing style, create a committed writing practice, and work towards your bigger goals.

Each program is designed for a certain stage in your writing journey, but the common thread is a small, supportive audience of fellow writers who are listening for what’s strong in your writing. Writing may be a solo activity, but bringing it to the world is so much easier within a community of insightful, encouraging writers.

Step Into Your Story

This online journey is an introductory step into writing; no previous writing experience necessary. We meet each week to create fresh writing from prompts, listen and provide encouraging feedback, and read our writing aloud to a cozy, supportive group of 6 participants. Discover your unique voice and story, and get comfortable sharing it!

Indie Publishing 101

Best-selling hybrid author Sarah Kades Graham unpacks indie publishing in this two-part series. If you’re ready to get your work out to your audience, this is the place to receive practical industry advice and determine your next steps to publishing success.

Building Your First Draft

Are you working on a longer writing project, like a book or a memoir project to share with extended family members? Instead of toiling away alone, build a committed writing practice, grow your writing skills, and overcome your pesky inner critic within a supportive group of other creative beings.

Write Your Manuscript with Ease: Year-Long Program

During this year-long writing journey, learn a creative process that allows your words to flow with ease within a supportive group environment. You will be guided through three progressive stages of writing, leading to a completed manuscript at the end of the year! This program includes individual coaching sessions, accountability, and practices that will transform you into a confident author.

Your Private Writing Guide: One-on-One Coaching

This writing program is perfect if you’re seeking individual support as you deepen your writing practice or embark on a big writing project. As your writing guide, I work with you to break through whatever may be holding you back in your writing. I also provide technical support, as well as developmental edits for authors who want to nurture their rough first draft writing into a polished second draft. We will explore the gems within your life experiences in order to develop what’s strong in your unique writing style. As our work together progresses, you will discover your ideal readers, your big WHY for this writing project, and ultimately fall in love with your words. The support I provide is based on your specific requests and timelines.

Writing From the Heart Retreat

Writing From the Heart provides the dedicated space and support you need to get started on that memoir you’ve been itching to write. It’s the perfect time to gather and work with those scraps of paper filled with story fragments. You may feel a strong desire to play with words, without any particular genre in mind. No matter what stage your writing project is at, you will leave with a good start on something big! You’ll discover a deeper connection with your writing voice and build practices that enable powerful words to show up on the page. You will know, deep in your bones, that your words matter; your voice matters. Best of all, you will leave with unforgettable memories, connections with other adventurous spirits, and the motivation and confidence to continue on your writing journey.

A writing retreat?  Was that something I should even consider, seeing as I was - in my eyes anyway - so lacking in writing experience?  I took a chance despite my uncertainty.   

Within the first hours of the first day my uncertainty was dispelled. What a treat to join with others who had also set aside their precious time to focus on writing. Throughout the weekend we were encouraged to share our words, learning to listen with purpose as others read their writing out loud.  I discovered the power of reading my words aloud, hearing the cadence and rhythm of my words for the first time. Absorbing the feedback of others to a reading - not just mine, but theirs as well – was a rich experience.  Deep connections were created in a short period of time.

How reassuring it was to hear that I wasn’t the only one trying to figure out a process for fitting a writing practice into my life.  The practices that others followed were as varied as the experiences and lifestyles that they brought to the group.  A significant impact of the retreat was realizing that the best process for my writing was whatever worked for me.

But the biggest impact?  The beginnings of confidence that writing, whatever the type or topic, was something I could do.  Will I continue to let writing evolve in my life?  I will.
For someone, anyone, who has even a glimmer that writing something, anything, would be welcome in their lives, I heartily encourage them to join a Retreat with Marie.

Diane Palmason
Athlete, Author, Memoir Writer
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