Writing is Scary. Let's go.

Writing and fear have always been deeply connected. Author Ralph Keys goes as far as saying, "If you're not scared, you're not writing." And yet, we need to write. We are creators. Our voices matter.

In this interactive workshop, we'll use expressive writing to explore where our fears of creating come from, and to get to know them better. Then we'll write beyond the fear, towards what we most desire from writing, expression and language. We'll also dig into the big question: What do we want to write about? What are the issues and stories that keep our hearts pumping? And how can we integrate those into our work, so that writing is fueled by passion and drive? This is a hands-on workshop where participants will be writing, sharing as much as they feel comfortable to do so.

Participants will:

  • learn about the universal link between fear and writing, using famous artists and writers' testimonies to dispel the myth that we need to work through fear in order to create
  • use personal writing to dig into the fear we connect to the writing process, and to better understand the elements of that fear
  • discuss and reflect on what we are motivated by and passionate about writing, and how to weave that into our work
  • bring joy, release and flow into the writing process

This workshop will be run from an anti-oppressive framework. This means that as a facilitator I question the power I bring to the room, center the lived experiences of participants, work from a diverse framework of research and voices, and hold myself accountable to the group for how well I am curating a welcoming space for all. Feedback is encouraged.

Workshop Facilitator
Chris Kay Fraser (she/her), Director and writing coach, Firefly Creative Writing