Monday, May 11, 2015

Announcing June/July Weekly Memoir Writing Workshops and a Weekend Retreat


Hey Y'all!
I've got a Weekly Memoir Writing Workshop and a Weekend Retreat coming right up. The Memoir Writing Workshop & Retreat are aimed at those of you ready to write down your story for whatever reason. Some folks attend to work on healing past and current trauma. Some are working on memoirs in progress. Some go on to publish books and stage productions in theaters. Some are content with working on private journals. We focus on positive feedback and making a safe space where you will be truly heard. It is such an awesome experience-- the group dynamic is amazing.

The difference between the Workshop and the Retreat: we do very little (if any) in-class writing in workshop. We meet for two hours per session, talk about writing related topics, share our work, and then have feedback. For retreats, we meet for two long days over the course of a weekend, spend many hours writing, share lunch, then share our work.

Several times each year I host a public reading for any interested attendees who would like to partake in sharing their work onstage. Not mandatory, just an optional perk.

Info for the Workshop & Retreat is below. To sign up please email me at spikegillespie@gmail.com
SPACE IS LIMITED. So, like, you know-- don't delay. Really hope to see you.
Thanks!
Spike

The Dates & Cost:

TUESDAY MEMOIR SERIES-- 7 - 9 pm at a central location
June 2, 9, 16, 30 & July 7 & 14th. NO SESSION ON JUNE 23rd. Cost: $150

JULY WEEKEND RETREAT
July 11th -- 9 am - 4 pm & July 12th-- 10 am - 4 pm  Cost: $150

Monday, May 4, 2015

June Memoir Writing Weekend Retreat



JUNE MEMOIR WRITING WEEKEND RETREAT
June 13th -- 9 am - 4 pm & June 14th -- 10 am - 4 pm  Cost: $150

Working on a memoir? Wish you were? Need a jumpstart or a place to continue working on what you've begun? Please join us for this two-day retreat. It's in Austin, but you'll feel like you're out in the country. You'll have the time and space to cut loose with your words and get your story down on the page.

Why sign up? Some folks join with the goal of working on a manuscript they wish to get published. Some want to shape their stories into stage productions. Others seek to create a blog. And still others join us to write privately with the goal of healing through writing. This retreat is great for all of those goals.

Each day we meet early, grab some coffee or tea, and settle in to write for several hours. Then we have lunch together. Then we share our work with each other and get feedback. This is a safe and loving environment free of competition and harsh criticism. You are not required to share aloud.

I have been leading workshops and retreats for many years now and I am always so moved by what is produced in these sessions. I do hope you'll come and see for yourself the wonderful power that comes with memoir writing.

Email me to reserve your spot. spikegillespie@gmail.com

Thanks!
Spike

Friday, April 10, 2015

Upcoming Workshops and a Weekend Retreat


Hey Y'all!
I've got a couple of upcoming Memoir Writing Workshops and one Weekend Retreat. Typically workshops run in six-week cycles, but my annual crazy travel adventures are about to begin and so I am offering two mini-series and also a mix-and-match option. That means you can pick one series or the other or, if you'd like to fit in extra sessions, you can buy additional nights for a per-night price.

The Memoir Writing Workshops & Retreats are aimed at those of you ready to write down your story for whatever reason. Some folks attend to work on healing past and current trauma. Some are working on memoirs in progress. Some go on to publish books and stage productions in theaters. Some are content with working on private journals. We focus on positive feedback and making a safe space where you will be truly heard. It is such an awesome experience-- the group dynamic is amazing.

The difference between the Workshops and the Retreats: we do very little (if any) in-class writing in workshop. We meet for two hours per session, talk about writing related topics, share our work, and then have feedback. For retreats, we meet for two long days over the course of a weekend, spend many hours writing, share lunch, then share our work.

Several times each year I host a public reading for any interested attendees who would like to partake in sharing their work onstage. Not mandatory, just an optional perk.

Info for the Workshops & Retreat is below. To sign up please email me at spikegillespie@gmail.com
SPACE IS LIMITED. So, like, you know-- don't delay. Really hope to see you.
Thanks!
Spike

The Dates & Cost:

TUESDAY SERIES
APRIL/MAY 7-9 pm
April 28, May 5, May 12 -- Cost is $75 for the series.

THURSDAY SERIES
APRIL/MAY 7-9 pm
April 23 & 30, May 7 & 14 -- Cost is $100 for the series

MIX & MATCH
If you sign up for a series, you can buy additional nights individually. So, let's say you sign up for Tuesdays-- you can add in some Thursdays for $25 each.

JUNE WEEKEND RETREAT
June 13th -- 9 am - 4 pm & June 14th -- 10 am - 4 pm  Cost: $150

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Spring Memoir Writing Workshop Coming Right Up!


Ready to get it in gear with your writing? Great. I'm ready to help. I've been leading memoir writing workshops for years now and you know, crazy awesome magic happens when you take the time to put your story on the page.

Some folks sign up to work on manuscripts. Some want to do healing through writing. Some have no idea what the hell they signed up for, but figure it out along the way. Many folks come back again and again.

Below are dates for the next Tuesday Six-Week Series and the next Thursday Six-Week Series. We meet 7-9 pm at a central location. We share our work and get feedback. We discuss the state of the art of publishing and how to get your ass in the chair. Occasionally we write in class.

Space is very limited and workshops often sell out. So if you want to sign up, please holler now and make a deposit to hold your space.

Here are the dates:

Tuesdays:  March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21

Thursdays: March  12, 19, 26,  April 2, 9, 16

Cost is $150. A non-refundable deposit of $75 holds your spot.

Email me at: spikegillespie@gmail.com to sign up.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2015 Memoir Writing Workshops Coming Right Up!


Ready to get it in gear with your writing? Great. I'm ready to help. I've been leading memoir writing workshops for years now and you know, crazy awesome magic happens when you take the time to put your story on the page.

Some folks sign up to work on manuscripts. Some want to do healing through writing. Some have no idea what the hell they signed up for, but figure it out along the way. Many folks come back again and again.

Below are dates for the next Tuesday Six-Week Series and the next Thursday Six-Week Series. We meet 7-9 pm at a central location. We share our work and get feedback. We discuss the state of the art of publishing and how to get your ass in the chair. Occasionally we write in class.

Space is very limited and workshops often sell out. So if you want to sign up, please holler now and make a deposit to hold your space.

Here are the dates:

Tuesday Series: January 27th - March 10th. No meeting on February 10th.
Thursday Series: January 29th - March 5th inclusive.

Cost is $150. A non-refundable deposit of $75 holds your spot.

Email me at: spikegillespie@gmail.com to sign up.

Thanks y'all,
Spike

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Two Workshops and A Retreat Coming Up




Hi Y'all,
I've got two new memoir writing workshops coming up. I also have a few opens for a weekend retreat in December. Info is below.

Tuesday Memoir Series-- 11/18 - 12/16 inclusive, five sessions, 7-9 pm, $125.
Thursday Memoir Series-- 11/6 - 12/18 no class Thanksgiving, six sessions, 7-9 pm $150.
Weekend Retreat Page To Stage-- we write pieces The best and perform them 12/10 at Hyde Park Theatre. That's December 6 (9:30 til 4:30) and December 7th (10 - 4) and reading is at 7 pm. $150.

Email spikegillespie@gmail.com to register.

Thanks!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Coming Right Up-- Two Six-Week Memoir Writing Workshops


Hey Y'all,
Back by popular demand (thank you). I'll be hosting two six-week writing workshops. There's a series of Tuesdays running six consecutive weeks starting September 30, 2014, and a series of Thursdays beginning September 25th and running through November 6th with no class on October 8th.

Space is limited. Cost is $150. Payment due in advance.

These workshops are for all levels. We meet, we talk, sometimes we write, we share, we give and receive feedback. It is NON-FICTION. Sorry novelists, but no room for you.

People sign up for this why? All sorts of reasons. Writing to heal. Writing for a blog. Writing for stage shows. Writing to get book deals. My students have done all of these things. We have a great time. We laugh, we cry, we rock.

Classes meet 7-9 pm at a central location. If you want to sign up, email me at spikegillespie@gmail.com 

Hurry. They will sell out.

Thanks,
Spike