writing resilience

creating rhythm and devotion to your written words.

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WRITING RESILIENCE IS:

-A space for you to anchor deep in your writing practice + writing projects

-A space for you to unravel, truth tell, carve pathways, pass on stories - as writers/artists we come to the page to remind ourselves we are still here, alive, resilient. We have found ourselves still breathing and living even with the weight of this life pushing us down and twisting us apart. In the breathing and living that we are privileged to have :: we must create.

-A space for you to begin, to spend more time with, and/or finish a writing project

-A space for you to go deeper, dig more, to devote yourself to the stories beneath the stories. And the stories under that.

-A space where you have a professional writer {me!} and writing coach {me!} to work with you one-on-one for intuitive mentoring and feedback on voice, craft and projects.

-A space to refine your craft or recommit to it

-A space to be in a writing community with others.

-A space to stay accountable, to stay on a timeline, to meet deadlines and to stay very rooted in self-care practices.

-This is a space that is like a 6 month at home writing retreat. This is 5 months dedicated to feeling into your voice and stories, feeling into the body, feeling into community, perhaps pulling back from information overload and social media drippings; and instead focus on hugging inward, listening to your creative voice, and get your shit done!

“MaryBeth has been such a source of support and inspiration on my writing journey. I cannot put into words what it feels like to have her as a mentor. She is a force of creativity, a cocoon of safety and a wise, nurturing midwife for your soul.” - G.K, writer, mother, coach.

There are two ways to work with me and Writing Resilience:

  1. Writing Resilience (rhythm)

    This is a 6 month long program that has specifically been curated to help writers create a daily writing rhythm and practice. This may be better for beginners or those longing for something to support regular practice.

HOW IT WORKS:

-You make a contract with yourself to write {with my help}. This contract is more about writing goals and objectives and deadlines you feel are sustainable. And then you write. For 6 months. Religiously. With support.

The months are spit up by two far as the theme of the work we will do:

months 1-2: getting to know your truth + developing a daily practice around it

months 3-4: diving down to find the beneath the story, the underwater story, and practice weaving it within your narrative.

months 5-6: playing with structure and revision and going even deeper.

-You will receive a beginning email with multiple videos and recordings and content with tips and resources on practice, tools, altars, movement, meditations — that will aid in beginning this 6 month journey of creating a writing rhythm. You’ll also receive a list of things I highly recommend you have on hand for self care and tending to the creative body as you dive into a 6 month practice of writing.

-Every Sunday of each week you will get an email that includes a video for that week, and 5 prompts for Monday-Friday for that week.

-Once a month we will meet for a LIVE group community meeting on zoom to discuss process, practice, what is happening within our creative lives, and give space for those who are willing to read their work and be witnessed with a full attention and support.

This program begins on the full moon in October, 10/13/19. And it will go until 4/13/2020.

the other way to work with me…

2. Writing Resilience: (devotion)

This is a 6 month program for those looking to go even deeper, have 1:1 coaching, receive detailed feedback on your writing and creative path, and have a close and intimate community to connect with while writing. This might be good for those who want to take their already-in-place-writing-rhythm to the next level, to begin a body of work, a series of works, even complete something.

HOW IT WORKS:

-You make a contract with yourself (and me) to write {with my support}. This contract is more about writing goals and objectives and deadlines you feel are sustainable. And then you write. For 6 months. Religiously. With my personal devoted support.

The months are spit up by two far as the theme of the work we will do:

months 1-2: getting to know your truth + developing a daily practice around it

months 3-4: diving down to find the beneath the story, the underwater story, and practice weaving it within your narrative.

months 5-6: playing with structure and revision and going even deeper.

-You will receive a beginning email with multiple videos and recordings and content with tips and resources on practice, tools, altars, movement, meditations — that will aid in beginning this 6 month journey of creating a writing rhythm. You’ll also receive a list of things I highly recommend you have on hand for self care and tending to the creative body as you dive into a 6 month practice of writing.

-Twice a month you receive a 1 hour 1:1 coaching /feedback/ whatever you need in support and inspiration call with me (the first call is usually to create a plan, and the second us usually to sit with your writing and go over it, but it’s flexible and intuitive).

-Once a month you are part of a 1 hr small and intimate community workshopping call with your writing cohort {no more than 10 people}.

-Once a month you receive generous written feedback from me on your writing.

-You will also receive self-publishing support/guidance {if applicable}.

-We meet over zoom with video calls and they all can be recorded for you upon request.

-We have a WhatsApp ground for daily check-ins and conversation among our intimate community of writers.

-You will be matched with a “buddy writer” to give you support in between our calls and emails.

WHY WRITING RESILIENCE:

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Do you know why birds sing just before dawn? Scientists believe it’s to tell their mates that they made it through the night, as a way of saying, “I’m still here.” Maybe that is why we sing, too, why we create art— as a way of saying “I made it. I’m still here. - Jeff Groins

There are power in your words. We cannot keep leaking our magic. Because you know you have a book in you. Because the world needs your writing, our writing now. Because writing heals. Because writing is art. And art is life force. Because writing is proof that you are alive, here and now. Because you have projects, ideas, visions and you need a safe and brave and bold container to accomplish your writing goals within. Because you’ve had writing a book on your mind and heart for a long time and you need support; creative, emotional, intuitive, professional. Because I believe in you. This is part of my magic and work in the world, to create this space for artists to explore their voice and fullest expressions. I see and hear you deeply. I care about your stories. Your writing is power.

MaryBeth's mentoring broke a stagnant spell in my writing and coaxed my authentic voice out from its hiding place.  She expanded my idea of writing, inviting my entire body to participate with breathing and movement. She called on the elements to shape our narratives, to realign us with their natural rhythms and powerful forces.  She has a contagious enthusiasm for the sacredness of storytelling that granted me permission to explore and experiment, to approach writing from a primal place of fire, water, air, and earth. - E.M., writer

WHO:

-are you ready to just start writing?

-are you ready to finish a book or writing project?

-are you ready to begin a book or writing project?

-are you in the middle of a book or writing project?

-are you being called to devote yourself to writing and need a very specific carved out time, schedule/rhythm and space to do so?

-do you have important creative web copy to be written or revived?

-are you being called to write a series of essays or articles?

-do you need accountability to write? with an intuitive, gentle, practiced mentor?

-do you just love to write and know it’s time to dive in and see what happens in the process of art and space holding?

-do you crave a brave, bold writing community for sharing, listening, and visioning.

THEN WRITING RESILIENCE IS FOR YOU.

Writing Resilience is for both beginning writers who want to walk further on the path.

It’s also for life-long writers who seek deeper dedication and intentional support.

Everyone is welcome. As long as you are down for experiencing both the process and visioning a product. And ready to be fully devoted. I am here for you.

WHEN:

We begin mid Oct 2019.

We close mid April 2020.

INVESTMENT WILL BE DIFFERENT FOR THE TWO METHODS:

-Writing Resilience (rhythm) is $99 a month for 6 months ($595 total) to reserve your spot, you can click here to make a $99 deposit (which will serve as your first monthly payments, the rest will begin Oct 1, 2019)

-Writing Resilience (devotion) is $500 a month for 6 months ($3000 total) to reserve your spot you can click here to make a $500 deposit which will also serve is your first payment, the rest will be begin Oct 1, 2019)

I have space for TEN HUMANS for each program.

ABOUT ME

I am a life long writer and artist. I love writing - it keeps me alive. For real. It heals me. For real. I’m also trained as a midwife so creative space holding and being present for the hard parts of the process are innate to me. I’m a candidate for an MFA in creative non-fiction with an emphasis on “teaching” others the complexities and nuances of being a writer, self publishing, showing up, and getting their work done. In this mentoring work, I pull directly from the amazing way my university holds space for writers, and I also pull from my deeply rooted spiritual practices and my life long writing practices. I create a process and craft driven, heart centered, intuitive web to get shit flowing. My writing has been featured in numerous journals, publications, and collections. My first book of poetry is just off the press. I’m currently working on a long form ancestral memoir that brings us through the journey of grief, immigration, assimilation, food and spirit of my motherland {Sicily}. I also think writing about nothing is writing about something very important. I’m passionate about holding space for people to write what it is they REALLY want to write, what their bones want them to write. Because THAT is what the world needs. THAT is what brings true honor and success. That’s what we’re all waiting to read….

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If you are interested in being considered for this beautiful and powerful writing master class that will feel more like an at-home creative devotional retreat, then fill out the form below. There is a lot of interest in this master class, but to keep the class intimate, I can only open up 10 spaces. So, tell me more about yourself and I’ll be in touch and we can see if it’s a good fit!

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