Instructor: Mary Tuchscherer
Maximum Enrollment: 10
Class Term: 01/12/2023 - 02/02/2023
SCN Member: $125
Class synopsisThis interactive Zoom workshop uses evocative prompts to help you write your personal stories, liberate your authentic voice, and express your deeper truths. Writing is the tool we use to explore and recover silenced, lost or forgotten parts of ourselves. If you are ever afraid to voice your opinions, take a stand, or be open and vulnerable, this class is for you. Speaking your truth frees you and supports the liberation of women's voices everywhere.
Do you ever find yourself regretting that you didn't ask for what you want or hiding when what you really want is to be seen? If so, then you will love this workshop! You will write personal stories that will reveal the source of your silencing, and you will uncover your authentic truth. Together, we co-create an intimate space where we listen to ourselves and others with openness and curiosity. We learn that speaking our truth liberates our writing voices as well as our inner artist. The class provides enough structure to keep you safe, and the freedom to be authentically you. No previous writing experience is necessary. Join us, and trust that you will write what needs to be written.
to identify what silences you, to shift old patterns of self-censoring and silencing, to gain greater ease in expressing your true thoughts and feelings, to take new risks to be seen and heard
Class communication methodWe will open each session with an inspirational card, followed by a few minutes of silence to orient ourselves to the present moment. You will be offered writing prompts to spark your memory and imagination. You are encouraged to read your writing out loud. However, no one is ever forced to read. No feedback is offered, as this class is not about workshopping our writing. We simply express ourselves in the presence of others who witness our unfoldment with acceptance and compassion. We honor each woman's voice with a heartfelt expression of gratitude. You will receive weekly handouts via email. All you need is access to Zoom, paper and pen, or your keyboard. And, of course, an open and compassionate heart! The Zoom classes will meet Thursdays, January 12, 19, 26, and Feb 2 from 1:00 - 3:00 PT.
Week One: Introduction
Review class guidelines, which include mutual respect, confidentiality, and deep listening to create a safe container for liberating your authentic voice and expressing your deeper truth.
This week’s writing and journaling prompts will focus on where you’ve come from, and the truths you know about yourself.
Each class begins with an inspirational card, followed by a few minutes of silence to bring ourselves into the present moment. A five minute writing prompt, to be read, serves as our check-in. There are two longer writes of 10-12 minutes each. We read after each write. To receive the full benefit of the experience everyone is encouraged to read, and the choice always remains yours. We end by sharing something you will remember or something that touched you.
Week Two: Self-silencing and Obstacles
Writing prompts will support you to explore the ways you were silenced and how you contribute to your self-silencing.
Week Three: Knowing Your Story
Writing prompts will help you excavate the personal stories behind the loss of your voice.
Week Four: Reclaiming & Celebrating Your Voice
Writing prompts will help you integrate what you learned about speaking your truth. You will celebrate whatever ease you gained in expressing your true thoughts, feelings, and needs.
Class time commitmentTwo hours per week of in-class participation and brief homework assignments/challenges related to self-expression.
Mary Tuchscherer is a self-expression and writing coach. In her writing workshops, she combines the Amherst Writers & Artists method with her own creative expression and decades of personal and professional development to bring you a unique experience of heart, mind, body, and spirit. She has facilitated self-expression writing workshops and supported women’s empowerment since 2003 in the US and Malawi, Africa.
In her spare time, Mary loves to travel, spend time with her daughter and grandchildren, read, write, hike, make new friends, and explore how and where she can be bold, speak her truth, and encourage others to do the same.