writing workshops & coaching
In 2016, I opened Voice & Vessel, a writing studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan. My writing workshops are grounded in the Amherst Writers & Artists Method. As a Certified Leader of the AWA Method, I share the creative journey with writers of all voices, experience levels, and backgrounds, here in West Michigan and online.
Voice & Vessel's writing workshops will kickstart your imagination, memory, and creative spirit. You'll get dedicated time to improve your writing, a safe space to try new ideas, and writing prompts and practices to help you tune in to your voice.All writing styles and experience levels are supported. Each workshop has at most 6 to 8 people... just big enough to create a mix of energy and voices, yet small enough to give you generous support. In-person workshops meet in Voice & Vessel's writing studio in Grand Rapids, and I also offer online writing workshops.
Sometimes our writing journey brings us to moments when personalized support is helpful. Maybe you're working on a special project, overcoming a creative block, or want to strengthen a specific part of your writing. I offer writing coaching that is a mix of open-minded listening, creative guidance, feedback, and editing support.
Amherst Writers & Artists Method
The AWA Method is the most welcoming approach to writing that I've experienced. It's an approach that believes the creative spirit belongs to everyone. The AWA Method took shape in the 1980s, but its roots are in a movement that began in the 1930s. If you’re familiar with Brenda Ueland (If You Want to Write), Dorthea Brande (Becoming a Writer), Peter Elbow’s idea of freewriting, or the practice of morning pages, you’ve already crossed paths with this approach to writing.
In this method, we work toward wholehearted writing. No looking over our shoulder at our critics. No asking for permission to use our voice. The AWA Method starts with the belief that a writer is someone who writes, and then it offers a set of practices to help us face the empty page.