A Transformational Writing Experience for Women
Combining the power of supportive women’s community, the magic of ceremonial circle, and transformative ancient language techniques, this virtual women’s retreat guides you through a set of writing practices designed to bring you home to your self in mind, body, heart, will, and spirit.
Participants will leave the workshop with pages full of illuminating writing, the warmth and power of women in circle, and valuable tools for self-awareness and personal growth.
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A Transformational Writing Experience for Women
Why is poetry considered, the world over, to be close to spiritual power? Magic of Rhythmic 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, Magic of Rhythmic Writing uses certain language-shapes to enhance the energy of mind, body, heart, will, and spirit.
Annie will guide you through four 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 Magic of Rhythmic Writing). You don’t even need any writing experience. All you need is an open heart and a notebook.
No previous creative writing experience is necessary.
In advance of the online workshop, registered participants will receive a preparatory email with special instructions to prepare for the day.
If you have further questions before registering for a workshop, please read the FAQ below. If you still have questions, you may schedule a phone call with Annie to ask them.
RESPONSES FROM PARTICIPANTS
“The workshop was enriching and magical! It was amazing to experience how the rhythms spoke to different parts of our healing processes. 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 felt on a deep level that your workshop and exercises and your instruction were magical, and I feel transformed in a way that has already helped me work through 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 is a force of nature!”
FAQ ABOUT MAGIC OF RHYTHMIC WRITING
Q have never written creatively before. Will I get anything from this workshop?
Yes. Magic of Rhythmic 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 Magic of Rhythmic 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 Magic of Rhythmic 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 Magic of Rhythmic 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 Magic of Rhythmic 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 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 possiblities. Please contact me and we’ll aim to work something out.
Q I’d love to attend, but the timing doesn’t work for me.
Magic of Rhythmic Writing is one of my core offerings and I plan to repeat it regularly. Sign up for Annie’s Spellsletter 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.
Q I do not identify as a woman. Can I still take MWR workshops?
Yes. While some MWR circles are reserved for those who identify as women, Annie also teaches MWR circles for all genders. Please contact Annie through the website for more information, and/or sign up for Annie’s Spellsletter to stay in the loop.
Annie Finch is an award-winning poet and writer, author of Spells: New and Selected Poems, The Poetry Witch Little Book of Spells, and Among the Goddesses. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, and onstage at Carnegie Hall. Beloved as a teacher, she is the author of A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (University of Michigan Press) and founder of Magic of Rhythmic Writing, a unique and accessible system of self-transformation. Annie earned a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Stanford and has performed her poetry on five continents. Based in Washington, DC, she travels the world and online to perform and offer workshops and retreats.
Friday May 15, 10 am- 4 pm EST, Friday Sept. 18, 10 am- 4 pm EST, Friday Oct. 16, 10 am- 4 pm EST