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The Reasons We Write

People writing together holding pens and journals.

Rachel and I were reminiscing about when and why we took our first writing workshops. Rachel was going through a rough spot in her life. Her mom saw Alison Hicks’ ad for her workshop in Poets & Writers. She thought it would be a good way for Rachel to spend time among like minds.

Mom was right. Rachel stayed in Alison’s workshop off and on for nine years. Through those years, working in marketing was unstable and unsatisfying for her. When Rachel found out how long Alison’s waiting list was for new participants, she asked to be trained to lead workshops. And here we are, thirteen wonderful years later.

When I first enrolled in the Tuesday Night Workshop, I wasn’t sure I’d fit in. I wasn’t an established writer or, at the time, even a consistent one. I thought taking a writing workshop meant the end goal was to publish a book. This was not my goal. I wrote blog posts about my experience as a wife and mother who worked outside the home and somehow managed it all. I shared stories to connect with others and understand myself in these new roles.

The writing process grounded me when I felt my life was all over the place. There was no pressure to perform. All I had to do was start somewhere. What I found was her voice and a community of supportive and talented people. And I didn’t need to write a book or have one in progress to fit in (but I do have one in progress now).

We are all drawn to writing for different reasons.

  • Maybe you have a novel or a memoir in you.
  • Maybe you know how to distill life into poetry.
  • Maybe you want to pass down family stories for future generations to read.
  • Maybe your writing is therapeutic. What you can’t say to others or make sense of in your mind, you can put down on paper instead.

In the book, “Writing for Your Life,” author Anna Quindlen says, “When we write, we not only look, we see; we not only react but reflect. Writing gives you something to hold onto in a changing world. To write the present is to believe in the future.”

Everything you write has value. It doesn’t matter if it stays in your notebook or gets published. The time you carve out time to write it is never a waste. By joining a workshop, you give yourself the freedom to express yourself and explore where your writing path takes you.

We look forward to writing with you soon!