Show Up and Write
Show Up and Write is a fun and safe environment that promotes creativity, self-growth, and the practice of writing. It’s a space for you to jumpstart a new project or pick up where you left off on an idea that’s been sitting on the back burner for weeks, months, even years. Sometimes even the most ambitious of us need a kick in the pants (even a gentle one) to get moving. In fact, simply being accountable to someone often sets us in motion.
You'll meet twice a week, spend the first 20-30 minutes connecting with other writers, write for 75 minutes, and spend the next 75 minutes conversing about each other's work. Writing without editing yourself or focusing on the end product is encouraged. Our collective goal is to support you, help advance your story, improve your craft, and identify your individual writing style.
Staring at a blank screen can be daunting and lonely, Show Up and Write is as much about being part of a supportive community as it is about strengthening your writing. Past students have made lasting friendships and continued to meet and write together long after the workshop finished.
This workshop culminates with an optional public reading (live on zoom) where you can read 5-7 minutes of your material, or if you prefer, have a friend, actor, or fellow writer in our group deliver your goods. This provides an additional vehicle for development and growth.
Past students have developed solo shows, musicals, songs, sketches, memoirs, plays, screenplays, novellas, novels, humorous essays, speeches, YouTube scripts and poetry. Many have gone on to public readings and performances of their work and credit Show Up and Write as the springboard that set them into action.
“Shannan creates a safe container for us to grow together as writers and as people. She respects our writing voice, makes gentle suggestions to hone our prose, and draws out the stories we need to tell. If you get a chance to work with her, do it! Sitting down to a blank page is hard. Sitting down with Shannan gets me writing every time.”