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Sustaining Wonder: Writing Past Fear into the Zone
Wilkins School Community Center 
10:00 PM - 12:00 PM  
Description and Reader Names: Celebrate your writing practice with stimulating in-class exercises that encourage you to move past blocks and fear to write more into the zone of freedom and confidence—toward embodying your unique voice. Our workshop will explore themes like peak experience, dreams, meaning of home, retaining mystery, uses of myth, and letting go in writing to sustain wonder and deepen self-discovery. We will offer thoughtful, supportive discussion/critique of work from home and offer writing prompts for home. Some writing experience is encouraged but only a strong desire to write is required.
All genres welcome! Bring a notebook!

What students have said:
I loved the whole class. Leaders are awesome, class members wonderful... Topics, prompts and the wonderfully accepting and encouraging atmosphere.

I found the instructors to be organized, supportive and fully engaged in creating an environment of safe exploration.

The exercises and the pace of them were wonderful.

Prompts were wonderful; instructors were amazing. Thank you for all the energy, love and excitement you brought. Loved the homework pages too, made for rich reflection.

Laurie Arnold-McMillan is a writer and nurse, who found passion as a certified therapeutic writing facilitator. She facilitates creative and therapeutic writing workshops in diverse settings. The transformative nature of writing in groups gives people an uncommon opportunity to build a sense of community while sharing the creative process. She believes we all have treasured untold stories within us. She encourages people to develop inner confidence through the creative process that strengthens voice. Laurie's published in: Healing Muse, Loyalhanna Review, RN Magazine, Voices in the Attic and Dionne's Story and is the founding member of the Squirrel Hill Pittsburgh Writers' Studio and a member of Madwomen in the Attic's writing workshops.

Sheila Kelly is a retired psychotherapist who received her M.A. in Psychology at Duquesne University. She has volunteered with gifted middle school writers for a decade and published their best writing in the annual, St. Bede's Quill. Sheila believes that a writing practice entails much more than the act of putting pen to paper. It means building and nurturing a community of writers. A published poet, she is a member and regular facilitator of the Pittsburgh Writers' Studio, as well as a member of the Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and the Madwomen in the Attic poetry workshops. Three of Sheila's plays received staged readings at the 2009 Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival.
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7604 Charleston Avenue, Swissvale, PA 
Patty Doody 
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