Aug 2nd – Sept 10th, 2021
Embodied Writing Summer Camp is designed for soulful and creative individuals who have a specific writing-related project to move forward this summer. This can range from establishing a deeper comfort with words and language to finally writing that article or blog, or beginning a short story, essay, journal, or even a novel.
Are you filled with creative energy but not enough discipline?
Do you have great ideas but aren’t sure how to get them out of your head and onto the page?
Do you have a project you’re excitedabout but don’t know how to begin?
Do you often think, “This is the summer when I’ll finally do …X…” but you still haven’t?
Are you frustrated because you can’t seem to commit to finishing a project?
I get it!
We’ve ALL been there.
If you nodded yes to any of the above,
Embodied Writing Summer Camp is for you!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
When we get into our bodies, we get out of our own way.
Because when we move we literally shift the chemistry of our bodies. And guess what? Our brains are part of our bodies, so movement affects thought. This is a FACT.
We begin to think differently because our bodies have the capacity to change the way our minds work.
I know this from personal experience.
Becoming a yoga teacher was the best thing I ever did for my writing and artwork – it infused my creative work with a physicality that had not previously been there.
My work felt more alive, more vivid, more fully ME.
And yours will too!
When we join movement to writing, amazing things begin to happen creatively.
Your half-written article becomes infused with new inspiration.
Your collection of thoughts begins to take shape.
The structure of your huge writing project suddenly becomes clear.
Your daily writing practice feels joyful and liberating.
You dissolve writer’s block because there is so much to say and tell.
This is why I began teaching movement and writing courses over ten years ago.
And this is why I created Embodied Writing Summer Camp for you.
Tell me more about embodied writing
When we deepen our awareness of our bodies, we perceive the world differently. We begin to know ourselves in ways we previously did not. This enables us to perceive and articulate things we never realized were present within us. We begin to communicate differently. We develop connections between words and body, movement and self-expression.
When we are in touch with our bodies, we write from our entire physical visceral experience of the world – not simply our mental one. This makes our writing richer, grittier, more sensory, and more deeply reflective of the entirety of our human experience.
”Susanna’s 30 words for 30 days has been a wonderful challenge! Writing what I love has been a great joy and creates new insight into my teaching practice. She is sweet and steady in her encouragements…I am so grateful for Susanna’s offerings and will return many times. Thanks for helping me grow Susanna!Rachael Crawford Goolsby, Yoga Teacher, WriterFrom Susanna's 30 words 30 Days Course
In Embodied Writing Summer Camp, I share my personal method for generating and nurturing creative work, which is based on these 6 Elements of Creativity:
TRUST – trust your creative impulse
BELIEVE – believe in yourself and your value
FOCUS – be fearless in your focus
EMBODY – Connect body, mind, and spirit to express your fullest self
ACT – don’t hesitate-take action-dive in
FLOW – stop censoring yourself and let your creativity flow
In Embodied Writing Summer Camp, you will:
have some substantial creative work finished by the end of summer.
Be held accountable for your creative work.
Join a supportive community of creatives.
Infuse your creativity with mindfulness and movement practices.
Gain just enough structure to enable you to consistently create.
Connect with other soulful and passionate individuals.
”Susanna is a gifted storyteller who shares not just the wonder and magnificence of the ancient Goddesses, but teaches us to apply their bravery, enchantment and wisdom to our own lives. In her descriptions of Saraswati’s artistry or Parvati’s love or Kali’s ferocity, we see reflected our own great fortune (a Lakshmi!) at being engaged humans in the 21st century.Martine Trelaun, Yogateau CreatorFrom Susanna's 30 Things About the Goddess
Who is Embodied Writing Summer Camp for?
If you are a soulful and passionate creative, this is for you.
If you want to find focus and take action in your writing, this is for you.
If you want a creative container in which to explore your thoughts and ideas, this is for you.
If you want to establish consistent writing habits, this is for you.
If you have a project you want to complete by the end of summer, this is for you.
If you are a soulful creative looking for embodied experiences to feed your creativity, this is for you.
When you join Embodied Writing Summer Camp, you will receive:
6 Live Masterclasses on Zoom designed to form and support your writing project
A 6 week Container Providing Direction and Accountability for your work
A 1-on-1 Planning Session with me early on to create your project plan with action steps
Monday Motivational Newsletter with quotes and thoughts about writing
Ongoing Feedback from me about your project’s theme, development, and direction
Consistent Support from me in maintaining your momentum and getting your work done.
Opportunities to Present your project to the group. There’s power in speaking it out loud!
Links to Stream all Zoom sessions
Accountability check-ins from me and from the group
Free Friday Yoga Class with me for the duration of the course (noon EST)
Ongoing access to me via Email and Voxxer
Three special sessions with Guest Presenters on embodiment rituals, practices and creativity (scroll down for more info)
Pratima K Shreedevi Doobay on Accessing the Creative and Generative Power of Shakti through Ritual
Mirabelle D’Cunha on Chanting as a Breathing Practice
Todd Tesen on Savasana and Embodiment
The Practical Stuff
Aug 2 – Sept 10, 2021
I will send out a weekly newsletter each Monday filled with inspiration for the week. The rest of our content will take place during our Zoom Sessions as well as during our three extra Guest Teacher Sessions, and though our ongoing individual messaging (as well as during our 1-on-1 sessions!)
Wednesdays 11-12:15pm EST.
ABSOLUTELY! The weekly calls are just one element of this course. You will be lavished with attention from me via email, our messaging system, and the FB group! You can always reach out to me privately – I will answer as soon as I see your message.
We can do this via Zoom or via a phone call, if you prefer. It will be recorded for you to download. I want to meet with you close to the beginning of Embodied Writing Summer Camp in order for us to construct a personal plan of action and an individual structure that works for you. Previous to our session, I am happy to read and review some of your writing so our session will be rich, supportive, and useful.
The Facebook group is where we share ideas, images, thoughts, writing, ask questions and solicit opinions. Some people use it constantly and others only occasionally. It is a place of support and accountability. While it is not obligatory, it provides all participants in WTYC with an ongoing touchstone for their creative practices.
I will have the recordings available for streaming within 6-12 hours of the Zoom Session.
If you fall behind, don’t worry! Part of the creative practice is finding your individual flow again and again and again. The structure I give you in Embodied Writing Summer Camp is designed to support and inspire you—not to confine you. And you can talk to me about it at any time.
There will be no refunds given for this course once it begins. There is a $50 processing fee if cancelled prior to start.
If you want to schedule another 1 on 1 session with me, as a member of this community, you may do so at half-price during Embodied Writing Summer Camp. Normally $200, you will only pay $100! You can message me about this at any time.
The Creative Stuff
Yes! This is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a supportive and inspirational writing community!
Have no fear! One of my specialties is to banish writers block. I have countless techniques to eliminate it.
Yes! As a seasoned writer you know that it is often very helpful to be given accountability structures and boundaries from time to time. Personally, I love people giving me writing prompts, supporting my work, and inspiring me. We all need support!
I will help you to set personal goals for this program. There will be a wide variety of reasons for people’s involvement, from beginning a journaling practice to writing essays, personal healing stories, or beginning a book. At the beginning of the course you will set a goal for yourself and I will help you stick to it.