Writing from the Gut

Meets Thursdays 7:45pm – 9:00 pm, except for when the house is hosting a dharma talk

Writing from the Gut is a weekly gathering for writing practice. We don’t share or bring words we’ve already written–we write on the spot. The practice is inspired by Zen teacher Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones. We start with a little meditation, then free write to prompts like, “What is the first thing you remember?” Then we read aloud, with no response or feedback allowed.

The goal is to become more present in the moment as we write. Many of us have an “internal editor” that holds us back from saying what we really want to say. I’m not a writer. This sucks. With practice, we can learn to notice this voice and just stop listening to it.

Genre doesn’t matter. You can write whatever you want, fiction, poetry, memoir, whatever. You might not have time to even think about genre. There are few rules, and one of them is, just keep your hand moving.

The group is a safe space. You always have the opportunity to pass on reading aloud. And by showing up to a session you agree to confidentiality–everything that you and others share stays in the session.

No registration necessary. Bring a pen/pencil and notebook. Dana (donation) is not required but encouraged and will go to supporting Lamont Dharma House.

If you have questions about the group, please contact Jeremy Mohler (jeremylmohler@gmail.com).