Jumpstart: A workshop where creative prompts inspire writing. Bring a notebook and a fast-moving pen. We will travel on a journey of exploration and deep writing through inspirational prompts.

We welcome and encourage all writers.

What can I expect if I attend?

We use a variety of prompts to inspire writing. The prompt could be a word, a phrase, a poem, or objects, which add visual and tactile components as kindling to ignite imagination.

When writing in this freewrite style you are free to write whatever you want: truth, fiction, memoir.

We write for 15-20 minutes on each prompt.
Examples of prompts: The Write Spot Blog

Where can I find a Jumpstart workshop?

Monday Evenings

Copperfield’s Books
140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Jumpstart does not meet in August • Jumpstart meets: Sept. 11, 18, 25 • Oct. 2, 16, 23

Tuesday Mornings

Copperfield’s Books
140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma

10:00 am to 11:30 am

Jumpstart does not meet in August • Jumpstart meets: Sept. 12, 19, 26 • Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24

How much is it?

Jumpstart is $15 per workshop.

Pay only for the workshops you attend.

What a gift to discover that I have my own voice. What a surprise to discover the richness of sharing it in a community. ~Pam

Who runs the workshops?

Meet our two encouraging facilitators.

Marlene Cullen
February, April, July, October

Susan Bono
January, March, May, September, November

Jumpstart inspired me to keep writing and made me feel I had some talent I could develop. ~Sharon

What else do I need to know before attending Jumpstart?

Just bring a notebook, a fast-moving pen, and be ready to write.
All writing and conversations in Jumpstart are confidential.

It felt so good to be in a safe place to create. ~Karen

Making The Most Of Your Jumpstart Experience


First Part of Jumpstart: Writing

Relax into your chair. Escort your inner critic out the door.
There is no such thing as "perfect writing" in Jumpstart. It’s all good.
This is the place to feel free to write whatever is on your mind.
Be open to whatever comes up . . . write from an instinctual level.
Your writing doesn’t have to make sense. Don’t worry about how it will sound.
Keep your pen moving.
See your story and tell it.

If you run out of ideas, or don’t want to write on the prompt, you can respond to:

I remember. . .
I don’t remember. . .
What I really want to say . . .

Second Part of Jumpstart: Reading and Responding

Read one freewrite aloud, which enriches your writing experience.
How to respond: Mention what resonates, what is strong and memorable about the writing.
There is no judging, no critiquing, no questions asked for clarification. With this type of freewriting,
we are writing for ourselves, not for an audience nor for the entertainment of others.

Still have questions?

We’d love to answer them.

Email: Marlene Cullen
Email: Susan Bono

“Writing isn’t about the destination – writing is the journey that transforms the soul and gives meaning to all else.” —Sue Grafton

Lighting the path for reflection
The Write Spot Blog