We write for a variety of reasons: to tell a story or a tall tale, to narrate our personal stories, to explore our past and write towards an epiphany, to figure out what happened, or for personal enrichment.

How to go from ideas to writing our stories?

Marlene Cullen hosts writing workshops using a freewrite method to tap into the richness of memory and imagination to develop writing.

Writing Workshops are on Zoom.

Scroll down for workshop guidelines.

Register for Writing Workshops

 

Registration is required for these free workshops, hosted by Recovery Writing.

Sign up once for all workshops.

Please register before March 6, 2024.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meetings.

Writing workshops:

March 7 and 21

April 4 & 18

6 pm to 7:30 pm, Pacific Time

We’ll explore how to go from ideas to writing our stories in these workshops, hosted by Recovery Writing of Idaho, facilitated by Marlene Cullen.


Writers Forum

 

Free workshops for creating stories in this freewrite method of writing. We welcome beginning and experienced writers.

Marlene Cullen will suggest writing prompts to inspire writing.

Marlene is passionate about encouraging people to write, especially those who aren't sure they can write.

Her series of books, The Write Spot, features writing that entertains as well as motivates writers.

All of the stories, vignettes, and poems in The Write Spot books include writing prompts. These books are like portable writing groups.

The Write Spot books are available from your local bookseller and as both print and ereaders from Amazon

 

How to freewrite

We use a variety of prompts to inspire writing. The prompt could be a word, a phrase, or a poem, to ignite your imagination.


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

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

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Guidelines

First Part of Writers Forum: Just Write!

Relax into your chair. Escort your inner critic out the door.

There is no such thing as "perfect writing" with freewrites. It’s all good.

This is the place to feel free to write whatever is on your mind.

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.

Second Part of Jumpstart: Reading and Responding

Reading a freewrite aloud enriches the writing experience.

How to respond to the reading: 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.

 

“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