strips of book pages with lots of words

Imagine a page of words in front of you and a black marker in your hand...

What story would you tell?

How would you choose your words?



Have you ever wanted to write something, but felt 'stuck' looking at a blank page?


Where to begin?

What to say?

What words to use?


My students and workshop participants have often been stuck over the past 25+ years, too...

Until they discovered "Blackout Stories & Poetry."

Game changer!

"But I'm not a writer!"


Perfect.
You're among your people, here.


Whether you're a word-playing wordsmith or a word-shy wannabe, this Wednesday Wordplay mini workshop is designed with you in mind.


Part instruction, part collaboration, all fun...

My monthly Writing Workshop series has been planned to:


teach some basics

inspire you to play with your words

provide time & space to be creative


and connect with other creative folks in a 'just-right' group size that welcomes personal exploring, reflective self-discovery, and (maybe even) sharing...

(100% up to you.. always!)


... including my fellow introverts and our friends who say,

"But I'm not a writer!"


I see you!


´╗┐Friends, this workshop requires neither writing experience nor writing skills....


just a willingness to play with words.


Sharing the Words,

Sharing the Love....


High school student standing in the hallways looks at student writing on the wall project
Writing with Teens

Before I discovered mixed-media art in 2015, I played with words. Lots of words. And over my 27 years teaching middle, high school, adult students, and fellow teachers, I infused my teaching with plenty o' writing & wordplay.


Imagine their surprise to discover words were really fun... just like kindergarten all over again when we stripped back the rules.

mixed media art with a found word story
Words + Colors


The discovery of 'colors' helped me cope during a difficult life event in 2015 as I struggled to find the words to express what I was feeling.


Little by little, my writing voice began to return - to tell my stories - sometimes veiled in nonsensical narrative while other times, raw and palpable.


My art found its way to the people who needed it as they fought their own fights, needed a bit of whimsy, or found inspiration in the messages.

mixed media journal with 'found words' that say
Art -> Journals


In 2018, I began to dabble in creative journaling, not sure what the interest was, but willing to give it a try.


Soon, my mixed-media art filled pages of vintage books and eventually, pages I created.


I shared my sideways journey into journal making in Stampington's Art Journaling magazine, Summer 2020.


From altered book journals to handcrafted mixed-media journals, my style has evolved into Life Story journals, known for their bright colors and microstories ~ tiny life stories with BIG impact ~


often told in fewer than five words... both shared and invited ... in the form of "Found Words."


Are you in?


Tell your story.


Because it matters. ´╗┐

This course is closed for enrollment.

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