In this online workshop, we use images (paintings, photos, patterns, etc.) to open ourselves to the richness of our inner experience, and the magic and profundity of our embodied world. The images serve as prompts for guided free-writing exercises that allow us to attune ever-more deeply to ourselves and our environment. Through color, texture, form, and evocative association, the images stimulate intuitive, non-linear ways of knowing. We allow the writing to take varying forms that show us what wants to emerge or come through. Well beyond narrative description, it may yield dialogue, poetry, or total surprises. We are often amazed at what flows through and onto the page.
Visual prompts work beautifully on Zoom, since the image fills the computer screen and when we look at it without distraction, it takes us deep inside. We are completely in our own space during the timed writing periods, and then come back together with the group. Then, in what becomes an intimate space, we listen to/witness one another’s words. We are not concerned with critique, but with reflecting our mutual discoveries and understanding what imaginative, nuanced, and creative people we are.
These sessions are suitable for everyone—”writers” and “non-writers” alike—since they are concerned with experience rather than product. We create a safe, supportive space where all contributions are valued.
Class size 10
Level Novice and above
Student Supply List
A device for connecting to Zoom, preferably a computer with a large screen. Writing implements and paper, or one can write on a computer.
Registration Policies & Waiting Lists
You will receive a registration confirmation via email. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a snail-mail confirmation.
Please read your class confirmation carefully as it may include a supply list and other important details, and note our current COVID-19 protocols on our Planning Your Workshop Experience page.
Many classes have materials fees in addition to the tuition. These are identified in the class listing and are usually paid with the tuition payment, however in some cases materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at class time (check the class listing).
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:
> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging through Dec. 31 of the following year and is transferable.
> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.
> Cancellation requests must be made by calling our office at (608) 987-3292.
> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with your class, please refer to our lodging page for the lodging cancellation policy.
Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley
> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund.
> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.
> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.
If a workshop you are interested in is sold out, please fill out this waiting list form. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. The class code requested on the form is the Workshop ID shown at left, beneath the Add to Cart button.