Who’s the Writerly Play Lab for?
Experienced writers, often graduates of MFA programs, who are passionate about their craft and committed to a practice of consistent writing.
What will I gain in the Writerly Play Lab?
You already know your strengths and opportunities to grow with regard to the craft of storytelling. In the Writerly Play Lab, you’ll gain clarity about what’s working and what’s in your way in your writing practice.
In your personalized map, we’ll consider the full picture of your life as a writer, and focus on Writerly Play strategies that best fit your writing and writing career goals.
In our six live sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to practice and apply specific thinking and problem-solving tools, designed to untangle complexity and provide a clear path forward.
In our ongoing coaching conversation, you’ll check in weekly with a quick self-reflection, and I’ll respond with a personal recorded video to support your next steps.
Throughout the Writerly Play Lab, you’ll identify and overcome obstacles you didn’t realize were in the way, and you’ll come away well-equipped to tackle future obstacle with your new set of specific-for-you tools and strategies.
What’s the time commitment and how does the schedule work?
The Writerly Play Lab will begin January 16, 2020.
Six Weekly Live Sessions:
Commitment; One hour per week
Live sessions will be held weekly via Zoom. These one-hour sessions will be scheduled based on what works for the majority of the group (decided by scheduling poll). A recording of each session will be provided afterward for those unable to attend. While attending live allows you to ask questions in real-time, you can always follow up with questions in your one-on-one coaching conversation with me. I’ll record a quick personalized video in response.
One-on-One Coaching Conversation:
Commitment: Variable, on average 30 minutes a week
Our coaching conversation is facilitated with an online tool. You’ll be able to review your plan, track your progress, send me messages, complete your weekly self-reflection, and access resources.
Commitment: Variable, practice will be tied to work on your current project(s)
The goal in your independent practice is for you to apply tools and strategies in your real-world situation. Your plan will be designed to fit into the time you have, and in many cases will save you time by moving you through projects more smoothly with less friction.
How do I sign up?
Register for the Writerly Play Lab by purchasing at the link above.
Enrollment is limited to 12, so register quickly. I’m truly looking forward to working with you.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do past participants say?
Elizabeth Verdick, author of over 20 books, including Peep Leap, Small Walt, and Small Walt and Mo the Tow
I realized I needed leadership in my approach to my own work. As writers, we often work alone day after day, wondering if our work is any good and sometimes feeling a greater need for support. I realized I often play the role of supporter and cheerleader for others: my kids, my writing group, my friends. But I forget to be there for myself! As you try to build your life around writing, always attempting to launch new projects or revise older ones, it’s easy to buckle under the pressure or to lose your way.
I felt a bit lost for a long while but didn’t know how to find leadership or inspiration–until this opportunity for coaching came my way. Creative coaching–Writerly Play–has opened doors in my thinking and given me a chance to stand back and look carefully at what I’m working on and HOW I am working on it. I tended to just plunge in to projects because of an eagerness to write, but that wasn’t always a successful approach. Sometimes, I ended up putting my writing last–dealing with emails, social media, and other tasks first and losing my way halfway through the day. That wasn’t effective either. Now I’m learning to “think about my thinking.” I’m trying new approaches to see what best serves my creativity and workflow. The processes of questioning and reflection have been eye opening for me. Even though I’ve been a writer for years, I needed a coaching boost to find my way back to feeling creative and in better control of my work and my words.