Spring Journaling Circle – March 18 & 25, April 1, 8, & 15


Spring 2024 Journaling Circle
Inspired by Julia Cameron’s The Morning Pages in her book, The Artist’s Way, and modeled after Writing to Wholeness Toolkit compiled by Elena Anderson Eggert and Wendy Brown-Baez (Learn more about this project at https://writingtowholeness.com/)
Pine Center for the Arts: Mondays @ 9:00 a.m. – 10:00/10:30 a.m.
Dates: Mar. 18 & 25; Apr. 1, 8, & 15
Registration: $30
What to Bring: Dedicated journal and writing tool
We will adapt Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages (long-hand, stream-of-consciousness writing) as we gather in community to do our Monday Morning Pages together. Then, for some prompted freewriting, we will use inspiration from creatives and thinkers (from Poems to See by Julian Peters and then some).
To end each session, we will create a collaborative poem from our own writings (see an example of what this might become below).
The intention of our Journaling Circle to is provide community that encourages writing. With that, you decide how you want to participate. During a meeting, you can share only what you want with the group. There is no requirement to speak and/or to offer up what you have written. Each writing session will also include a prompt; however, you get to decide whether to follow the prompt or not.  Maybe you’ll come for the sake of journaling accountability or to simply be in a calm and encouraging space with others to do your own self-reflecting through writing.
Hi! I’m Stacey Foster. I am a long-time resident of Pine City who, after graduating from Hamline with an MFA in creative writing, teaches writing and English at Pine Technical & Community College. I have also taught creative nonfiction writing workshops through an earlier iteration of the Center. In addition, I am a writer myself. I’ve had a handful of poems published and am in the throes of editing my memoir, The Girl in the Mirror, which I hope finds its way into the world soon. Over the past few years, I have come to realize that community and healing through writing and story have risen as priorities, and I am eager to join with you in those realms.
Collaborative Poem Example
Birch Tree
Diversity is the color in each of us
Naming helps somehow
How am I caring for and nurturing
my soul?
Naming helps somehow
It opens me up to the sight
I might otherwise miss
What is far is near
And permits the feelings
To take their spot on the top
She reminded herself
Of her unconditional existence
Naming helps somehow
Let’s embrace the rainbow of care
If closure eludes me
I’ll keep walking anyway

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