write your way free – the foundational course

If you’ve seen all the TED talks, watched a bunch of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday conversations, read a bunch of best-selling self-help books, and listened to so. many. personal growth podcasts,
but the dots still aren’t connecting, you’ve come to the right place.

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That’s because no matter how much you’d love Cheryl Strayed to take you by the hand and metaphorically guide you along her Pacific Coast Trail of epiphanies, it’s probably not going to happen. 

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The only person who can get you to the understanding, insight, and self-acceptance you crave is you. 

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That’s what Write Your Way Free is all about. 

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And The Foundational Course is where everyone starts.

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This 3 week online circle is offered four times/yearIt’s the culmination of everything I’ve learned and taught in over 15 years of facilitating this work with hundreds of women. This is how it all comes together.

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No seriously; sign up. I’ll wait. 

With structure – and lots of room for freedom (I mean, it’s about getting freer, right?) – you’ll learn how to get started with a transformational writing practice; how to keep going, and how to bust through blocks when they show up. (You’ll also learn how your writing blocks are a lot like some of the other blocks in your life. And you’ll see how writing can help you bust those too.)

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You’ll also be introduced to the wonderful experience of writing in community – a cornerstone of The Foundational Course – and something that sets this work apart from a standard journaling or writing practice workshop.

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That’s because writing in community provides a powerful hard to describe something that writing alone just can’t.

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And that’s being seen, understood, appreciated, and totally loved-up. The idea of being fully witnessed adds something so special to the experience of getting your thoughts, stories, and truths out; it’s really the secret sauce to my work.

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It’s a little hard to describe its magic, but…

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…workshop participants say it’s

  • sacred
  • liberating
  • powerful
  • transformative
  • …and life-changing

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In Write Your Way Free you’ll learn a creative, reflective practice that will help you get free of the layers of expectations you’ve been living with – the years of conditioning, societal expectations, and influences from the workplace, pop culture, social media, advertising, and the diet-culture and self-help industries that often play into our deepest fears. 

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All those things that keep us thinking there’s a right way to be; a way we’re supposed to look, act, and feel.

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Writing can help us get clear on the things we really want – not just the things we’ve been sold and told to want.

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Writing can become mirror to help you bust through blocks, energize out of inertia, and make mincemeat out of the internal voices that say:”can’t,” don’t,” “not good enough,” and “you should” (or “you shouldn’t”).

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Free of those layers of expectations; free of the years of putting others first, and those negative voices that seem to be on constant loop in your head. 

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I’ll teach you how to spill your heart and soul on the page;

to uncover, discover, and recover YOU

beneath all that crap you’ve internalized that

was NEVER EVER you, darlin.

Never. Ever.

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This program will help you find the road in.

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A road to reconnect to your powerful, inner Wonder Woman; to help you uncover/rediscover what matters most to you (when so much about the world conspires to fit you into some kind of “acceptable” norm), and then, if you want to, help you start forging a path forward.

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To WRITE YOUR WAY FREE.

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The one thing it won’t be? Prescriptive.

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It’s not ”6 modules to your best life” … no: “Do A, B, and C you’ll remake your life and tackle all the challenges you’re facing in order to create the shiny, happy world of your dreams” either. 

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Sorry, girlene. This work isn’t sweetness and light all the time. 

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But it’s going to be TOTALLY worth it. 

seriously. it’s awesome.

The sense of safety, sisterhood, acceptance, and encouragement that
Deb creates make her workshops an almost sacred experience.

Sarah ~ workshop participant

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seriously. it’s awesome.

WHAT TO EXPECT

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You’ll have three weeks of lessons (delivered via PDF and video), group calls, and creative prompts. You’ll learn simple, effective techniques that will teach you how to make the most of this practice (or deepen your existing practice) and make it your own. 

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You’ll learn how to:

  • approach writing, break through blocks, and go beyond “first thoughts” to mine your depths.
  • use the negative voices that usually stop you in your tracks to go deeper and discover more instead.
  • hold space for the sharing of “fresh” writing, and gain the powerful support that comes from being compassionately witnessed (without getting advice, suggestions, or input on craft). 
  • find things to write about even when you feel like there’s nothing to write about, and create your own personal bank of ideas, topics, and inspiration that you can come back to any time. Things that truly matter to you. 
  • recognize themes in your writing and your life with the help of one of my favorite tools. No matter how many personal growth workshops you’ve taken, this tool will help you track the changes, challenges, and things to celebrate from day-to-day, week-to-week, and year-to-year.

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THE PROGRAM INCLUDES

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CALLS

We’ll have one 90-minute video-conference call each week during our time together (you can also join by audio alone if you prefer).

The calls are like mini-virtual workshops with some instruction, inspiration, exercises, and the magical experience of writing in a group of like-minded, searching, and growing women.

There will be Q&A time at the end of each gathering.

If you can’t make the call, they’ll be recorded, so you can catch up at your leisure. (Files will be stored in a secure, encrypted file in Dropbox Pro, and available only to course participants for the duration of the course + 2 weeks.)

But as I said: writing in community is a magical element of this work, so once the call dates are released, get them in your book and guard that time!

COMMUNITY

We’ll also gather to create a supportive, intimate, online community in a private Facebook group, where a lot of digging in will happen. There, we can talk more about weekly lessons; we’ll write from prompts, and get bits of inspiration and/or weekly challenges. Do the exercises that call to you, and share your experience in the group (or not). It’s totally up to you.

The group is a place for you to share insights, ask questions, bounce ideas off each other, and cheer each other on. I’ll be super-active in the group, offering encouragement, support, various pop-up exercises, insights, and challenges.

There will also be two sessions of online “office hours” during the program where you can catch me in real-time to ask questions about your practice, and the process.

The Facebook group will open a few days before the first call, and will remain open for two weeks after the last call.

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YOUR GUIDE

In over 15 years of facilitating programs and workshops, I’ve helped hundreds of women break free of so. many. things. that are holding them back, all while befriending themselves with a writing practice.

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Because we’re not getting any younger, right?

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And this life thing is finite. 

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And I don’t know about you but (cue Paula Cole …) “I don’t wanna wait for my life to be over” before I stop apologizing for taking up space, and start doing the things I really want to do. 

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And I get how hard it can be to get moving on this stuff. I get that the longings we live with can sometimes feel like impossible dreams, and the prospect of breaking free of habits and intrenched ways of thinking can be scary.

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I also know that a writing practice can help with all those things.

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And even if you think you can’t write, trust me: you can. I have yet to meet a woman who has been through Write Your Way Free who has been unable unlock the door and begin getting her heart on the page.

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If you join this program, be ready for my personal brand of soulful kickassedness, humor, and fierce support. And lots of fabulous pop music references – particularly from the days of cassette tapes, albums, and 45s.

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BONUS 

While you’ll be able ask questions in the Facebook group and on our group calls –  when you sign up during “early bird” days, you can also get an hour of guaranteed 100% focused, individualized attention and support, with an added 1-on-1 session with me. 

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With this time I’ll address questions or issues that have come up for you, and create personalized prompts just for you so you can dig deeper on some issues you’re focusing on. You can use your hour in either one full session, or break that time up into two half-hour calls. 

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This time can be used at any point during the Write Your Way Free Foundational Course, or up to a month after we wrap up

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(And if you don’t sign up during the early bird, you can still get a 1-on-1 session for 30% off my usual price: just $97. Not too shabby.)

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AFTER THE PROGRAM

I know that 3 weeks isn’t a long time to be making a real practice of this practice, and you may only be scratching the surface of this work during our time together.

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But don’t worry: I won’t leave you hanging.

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Once The Foundational Course is over, you’ll be able to join all future Write Your Way Free programs like Dear Future MeBody StoriesLetting GoGriefIn this Picture (a memory project)Legacy Letters, and more – as well as in-person workshops and retreats, and the fabulous super-secret Writer Babes membership group. 

 

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The Foundational Course is offered for what my peeps tell me is a no-brainer price. Just $127.

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Why do I make it so affordable?

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Because I want everyone to have access to this. I SO believe in the power of writing – and writing in community – and I would love for every woman who comes to look at this page to DO IT.

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I have plenty of other offers – many that cost more –  but this is where everything begins, and I want as many people as possible to be able to participate. 

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Is $127 still to steep for you? Send me an email and let me know; there might be something I can do to help.

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