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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.
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.
Athlete, Author, Memoir Writer