Why is poetry considered, the world over, to be close to spiritual power? The Magic of Rhythmically Writing brings these ancient secrets home through a system of transformative rhythmical writing, developed by poet Annie Finch over decades of study and practice. Like a yoga class for the mind, The Magic of Rhythmically Writing uses certain language-shapes to enhance the energy of mind, body, heart, will, and spirit.
Annie will guide you through five language rhythms, each of which opens into a different part of ourselves. This unique writing practice, combined with moving ritual and a supportive women's circle, reveals the mysteries of the poet's ancient path to self-awareness and personal growth, uniting body and spirit, idea and intuition.
You don't need to be a writer, artist, yogi, meditator, or seeker to unlock your power of self-realization, self-awareness, and self-empowerment with the secrets of writing in rhythm (though all these have benefitted from The Magic of Rhythmically Writing). You don't even need any writing experience. All you need is an open heart and a notebook.
If you have further questions before registering for a workshop, please read the FAQ below. If you still have questions, feel free to schedule a phone call with Annie to ask them.
FAQ ABOUT THE MAGIC OF RHYTHMICALLY WRITING
Q I have never written creatively before. Will I get anything from this workshop?
Yes. TheMagic of Rhythmically Writing is a completely holistic experience. It builds on rhythmic knowledge that is equally available to all of us, and it presumes no prior writing experience.
Q What do you mean "writing and healing"? Is this a writing workshop, a healing workshop, a personal growth workshop, or . . . ?
It is any and all of this, depending on your needs. Rhythmical language opens a channel between the conscious and unconscious, and The Magic of Rhythmically Writing offers the healing and growth that arise from radical self-awareness. At the same time, the secrets of rhythmical writing you will learn through TheMagic of Rhythmically Writing will help any writer to be more effective.
Q I'm not really interested in writing, but I am interested in developing myself psychologically and spiritually. Will this workshop help me on my path?
Yes. The skill of rhythmic language can connect us with wisdom beyond our conscious selves. The tools you will learn in The Magic of Rhythmically Writing offer a path to communicate with unheard parts of yourself.
Q I have an advanced degree in creative writing. Will I learn anything in this course that I don't know already?
Yes. The vast majority of graduate programs today, even in poetry writing, don't teach rhythm and meter. And even if you have learned some of the same material, you will find that The Magic of Rhythmically Writing approaches rhythmic language in a unique manner that incorporates body, heart, will, and spirit as well as mind.
Q How did you develop this method?
I trace my heritage to Norse volurs and Celtic bards, and I was raised with the rhythms of poetry spoken aloud. In graduate school, I pursued my passion to understand poetic meter and began to notice its hidden meanings. I developed ways to teach and write in a range of language rhythms in my own poetry, and as my spirituality evolved and I gained experience in ritual, eventually I came to integrate craft and spirit.
Q Sounds great! I’d love to attend, but the timing doesn’t work for me.
The Magical of Rhythmically Writing is one of my core offerings and I plan to repeat it regularly. Sign up to get the latest news, and feel free to drop a line to let me know which days and times work best for you, so we can keep your needs in mind for scheduling online workshops. (You can also be proactive, if you'd like to bring a workshop to your community and become an active part of our grassroots network of women's circles!)
Q I’d love to attend, but I can’t afford it.
I don’t want funds to prevent anyone who needs to be there from taking the workshop. Scholarships, sponsorships, and barter are all possibilities. Please contact me and we’ll aim to work something out.
Annie has taught The Magic of Rhythmically Writing at venues including Haystack Center for the Arts, The Association for Women and Mythology, and the Garrison Institute. She also works with people to organize The Magic of Rhythmically Writing workshops at conferences, churches, community centers, private gatherings, online, or anywhere people seek growth and awareness. Check out Annie's schedule for an event near you. Subscribe to be informed of upcoming workshops here. Or fill out this query form if you're interested in taking the lead to bring Annie into your community.
Comments from workshop participants:
“The workshop was enriching and truly magical! I have continued to work on what I acquired that day and note its continuous effects on my creative life as well as my mindset.”
"I feel transformed in a way that has already helped me work through a much-needed transformation and healing to some difficult personal subject matter."
“Annie is the teacher that many of us yearn for, and some are lucky enough to work with. There is such a need for her earth and heart-based teachings."
“Annie Finch speaks with sincerity and integrity, allowing students to examine the inner workings of their psyche in a supportive and kind environment. Annie is the teacher that many women yearn for, and some are lucky enough to work with. There is such a need for her earth and heart based teachings.”
“The class was an absolute revelation.”
"Your workshop and exercises and your instruction were magical, and I felt/feel really transformed. . . To reclaim my connection to myself - is a huge gift."