A fire burns within us all.

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Remember, all is fiction and to confine your remarks to:

Responding to another's writing.

What I liked was . . .
What was strong was . . .
What will stay with me was . . .



“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives meant he most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.

Henri Nouwen (1932-1996)

  • It is normal to feel nervous or intimidated.
  •  When we read, we are no longer the author, we are the reader.
  • Read, then be silent and accept the feedback from the listeners.
  •  If there is silence, understand and accept that it is honoring!

On your first session, remember:

“Do not try to transform yourself. Move into yourself. Move into your human unsuccess. “Our healing and growth comes from accepting ourselves for who we are . . . “Your questions are more valuable than your answers.
-Marion Woodman (b. 1928)

  •  Details, details, details... Take risks. Write through areas when you feel uncomfortable.
  •  Clarity rather than charity . . . Remember you never need to share anything you write.
  •  Language follows emotion.
  • Keep the pen moving. What is seeking expression? The subject chooses the writer.