Small Steps in Uncertain Times: January 2022
January 17-February 12
This is our signature workshop for helping midlife women rediscover (or discover for the first time) the power of their writing.
Since the start of the pandemic, we've been leading small writing groups very different than the writing classes we usually teach.
We called these groups Small Steps in Uncertain Times.
In those groups, we posted prompts and exercises as opportunities to inspire and get writing to flow. To try out a new writing strategy. To respond to a reading or a prompt. To explore a memory. To make sense of what you're feeling right then, in this new world.
Something incredible happened. Each group formed its own tight-knit community of women learning and growing with each other. Some of these groups are still together, sharing their writing and lives.
Nearly two years later we're still in uncertain times. We're still adapting and overwhelmed. It's more important than ever to share our stories.
You are a writer.
This is a workshop experience for women at midlife with all levels of writing experience.
You want to connect and write meaningfully about your life.
But you end up scrolling and feeling angry and empty.
You want to express how you're feeling and why.
But you can't find a forum for sharing that kind of writing.
You want a supportive community of other midlife women who write.
And you're not sure how to find it.
Join us for four weeks of writing prompts, community, and accountability...
...and transform your writing life.
a new Small Steps
This time we are trying something new. We are adapting this Small Steps workshop around The Artist's Way program by Julia Cameron.
You don't need to have heard of Julia Cameron or her program that has changed the creative lives of thousands of writers -- including many famous ones. (For instance, Elizabeth Gilbert has said, "Without The Artists's Way, there would have been no Eat, Pray, Love.")
All you need to know is that you'll be making a promise to yourself to write a little bit each day (or most days), explore your life and your own history, and be supportive of other women in the group.
The program (at its core) consists of three components: daily writing, responses to exercises designed to dig deep inside your heart and mind, and guidance about how to balance creative pursuits with the rest of your life.
Small Steps in Uncertain Times
FOUR WEEKS OF WRITING EXERCISES
A PRIVATE COMMUNITY FORUM
WRITING FEEDBACK AND SUPPORT
"Small Steps from HerStories is the perfect writing group for a writer like me - someone who craves writing but doesn't always have the time and/or discipline to sit and work. The group participants are warm, welcoming, encouraging and completely free of judgement. The prompts are accessible and inspirational, and Jessica and Stephanie encourage inclusivity and kindness - to each other and especially to ourselves!"
A WRITER'S CONTRACT
We'll help you develop a realistic promise to yourself and the group about how often you'll write and give feedback to others in the group.
You'll get writing prompts and exercises delivered three times each week. Use them to write and post in the group every day, or whatever fits your schedule.
We've have two Zoom calls during the month. We'll try to find times that meet everyone's schedule at least once.
A COMMUNITY OFF FACEBOOK
In our experience, Facebook as a platform doesn't allow for the type of deep and meaningful exchange of ideas we want in our writing groups. We have our own private platform, off of Facebook. You can post questions, readings, and ideas there anytime, as well as your writing.
What former Small Steps writers have said:
Being accountable to a supportive group of writers got me out of my own way. With regular “deadlines” and a limited time commitment, I was forced to put my perfectionist tendencies aside and just explore some different things happening in my life in a creative way. Each writer’s take on the same prompt was unique, and reassured me that every writer has something important to say. Even if it never leaves the privacy of this uniquely honest and encouraging group.
I loved the intimate and supportive nature of this class and the bravery demonstrated by my fellow participant writers. Jessica and Stephanie's prompts challenged me creatively and also provided a space for inner reflection and personal healing. A profoundly transformative experience.
"Imagine a group of random women being thrown into an opportunity to write, splay themselves raw with words and thoughts, and not think twice about doing so. How easily a group of like minded creatives can come together with the right leadership, and a safe place. What a timely and important experience this has been for me." - Pam
"The HerStories Project has created an inviting and creatively enriching online space with Small Steps in Uncertain Times. This extraordinary writing group allowed me to stretch and grow as a writer during the COVID-19 crisis, an incredibly challenging time for me, personally, and the world abound. Writing in the company of a diverse collection of women from all over the United States and abroad was one of the best experiences of my creative life. The fresh and current prompts and topics we were given to write about were thoughtful and insightful, and worked harmoniously to underscore the point of the class, and proved to further ignite the writer's flame from deep inside of me. I'm proud of my progress and efforts in this class, and appreciated the critiques and supportive comments I received from the community on each piece of writing I submitted for review. Likewise, I feel privileged to have read and responded to the stories of my classmates, and feel fortunate to know them by their complex, intricate, and masterfully crafted personal accounts. The HerStories Project offered a chance for me to join a brilliant tribe of women writers, granting us the opportunity to turn our varied experiences, feelings, and trials into storied works of art. Writing together with this incredible community of women writers is an experience I will always cherish. Fondly, I will forever remember how during the pandemic of 2020, I was a part of something that truly mattered: writing and sharing stories in solidarity."