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Thriving Amongst the Murky Middle: Re-enliven Your Writing Project

February 21 - May 8, 2024, Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (12 sessions)


Stuck in the messy middle of your manuscript? Or, written the beginning of… something… and don’t know where to go from here? When the going gets tough for our characters, the writing process often gets more challenging for us as authors, too.

How do we ground into the motivation, strength and compassion necessary to continue from initial idea, through the murky, messy middle, and out the other side of the tunnel? The middle is a potent and transformative phase of the creative process, in which we actually begin to undergo the deep change and growth we set out to experience. Only it usually doesn’t feel spectacular. Dread, deep fear, and stuckness can come up at this point—just when we thought we were getting somewhere! These challenges, however, are
actually clues that we’re crossing a life-changing threshold, moving beyond the fears that hold us—and our protagonist—back from living fully.

Writers of fiction, memoir, or narrative nonfiction who are drafting or editing the middle of their piece-in-progress (book length or shorter) will practice techniques for:

• Connecting with the heart of your story and writing emotionally resonant scenes
• Resolving conflict between your intuition and your inner critic
• Discovering the hidden dramatic structures at work in your story
• Using tarot cards to unlock creative blocks and stay in flow (tarot cards provided)
• Gaining fresh perspective, motivation, and direction

Participants will gain and sustain momentum on our writing projects by listening to and trusting their intuition, by refining the dramatic structures emerging, and by recognizing and connecting w ith the personal, moral or spiritual imperative guiding the work.

Access Program
We want our writing classes and Delves to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Most writing classes have at least one access spot available.

Please apply here for access rate tuition. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you have questions.


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Thriving Amidst the Murky Middle
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Meg Hayertz

Meg Hayertz (she/they), author of Tarot for Beginners (Althea Press), believes creating is an act of listening. As the founder of Creative Momentum, she helps writers unlock creative blocks, deepen their inspiration and finish their project. She holds an MFA in Writing and Consciousness from California Institute of Integral Studies, and she is an alum of Lit Camp. Her fiction has appeared in The Louisville Review and VoiceCatcher, among others.
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