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THE WRITERS CIRCLE

WHAT IS THE WRITERS CIRCLE?

The Writers Circle is a space that provides structure, accountability, and support for writers of all levels. Each cohort lasts 12 weeks and is limited to 10 participants.

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WHAT IS INCLUDED?

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WHAT WILL WE DO EACH WEEK?

In addition to access to an optional, daily writing salon space on Zoom, we will meet weekly to focus on a different element of writing:

  • 1st Meeting: Writing Tools Workshop - 90 min.

  • 2nd Meeting: Common Read (X-Ray Reading) - 90 min.

  • 3rd Meeting: Writing Marathon (brief check-ins at beginning, middle, and end) - 3 hours

  • 4th Meeting: Feedback Workshop (choosing a piece up to 1,500 words to submit) - 2.5 hours

WHEN DOES IT START AND WHAT ARE THE MEETING TIMES?

The Fall 2024 cohort will meet on Sundays beginning at 9:00 am PST and run for 12 weeks. The start date is Sunday, September 1st.
To join a waiting list for a Friday cohort at 9:00 am PST, email Katie at authorkatieallen@gmail.com
 
The group meeting times run between 90 minutes and three hours depending on the day (see above). A detailed schedule will be provided after registration that takes holidays into account.

CAN I WORK WITH YOU 1:1?

For those wishing to meet regularly with Katie 1:1 for clarity calls or editing, click here to learn how.

WHAT IS THE DAILY WRITING SALON ON ZOOM?

This is an optional virtual writing space for you to join any time when you wish to work on your writing project in community, including those in The Writers Circle and others. Participants are encouraged to follow the light structure of a brief check-in followed by silent, individual writing time with additional check-ins as decided by whoever is present. It is a self-run space. When I am present, I facilitate, but when I am not on, participants are responsible for time-keeping. This is an excellent space to find accountability and motivation during your writing time.

WHAT IS THE COST? ARE PAYMENT PLANS OR SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?

  • The cost for The Writers Circle is $299. 

  • Payment plans are available upon request and can be broken down into 2-4 payments but will come with a $5 processing fee for each payment unless paid via PayPal, Venmo, Zelle, or Google Pay.

  • One scholarship is available for a student who considers the Writers Circle a good fit but is experiencing financial hardship and cannot pay the fee; if you wish to apply for this scholarship, please submit the application and then send an email to me at AuthorKatieAllen@gmail.com explaining in 1-3 paragraphs why you’d like to join the cohort and that you’re applying for the scholarship. If you have previously received a scholarship, you may still apply but priority will be given to new students.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE IN THIS COHORT? DO I HAVE TO ATTEND EVERY MEETING?

  • I am an equal participant in The Writers Circle with you and will be working on my own writing during this time, and up to 10 others are able to join this cohort. 

  • I ask those committing to these 12 weeks to attend the majority of sessions
     

WILL SESSIONS BE RECORDED AND MATERIALS FROM WORKSHOPS BE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS?

  • No, sessions will not be recorded. Materials from workshops will be available to students via a shared Google Drive folder.

UPCOMING WRITING RETREATS
 

 

  • Learn more about upcoming retreats here.

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ABOUT YOUR TEACHER & PEER WRITER

Katie Allen, MA

I've been teaching for over 12 years and have taught in the United States, France, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, and have traveled to over 30 countries altogether. I published my first book Teranga: A Memoir of Belonging in 2021 after reading "Writing Down the Bones" by Natalie Goldberg, which helped free me of my inner critic so I could finally write and share about that time in my life with the world. I then had a chance to study in-person with Natalie for 2 weeks and I've been focusing on carrying on her lineage ever since, teaching writing workshops and classes online and hosting retreats in-person based on her teachings and modeling my retreats after her own while bringing my own skills and personality to the experience.

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TESTIMONIALS

Katie is a great facilitator for creating meditation, writing and love of nature during her retreats. You feel a sense of belonging and a reaffirmation of why we write. Would highly recommend the retreat experience!

Katie is a passionate and at the same time experienced and level headed writing workshop leader. Participating fully herself, everyone is made to feel welcome, accepted, open, and relaxed to fully participate also. The strong foundation provided lends itself to the risk taking we writers crave in community.

Siw Heede, retreat participant

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