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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.