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Not your typical critique group, this Teacherless Writing Class is based on a model developed by the writing coach Peter Elbow. Using insights drawn from breaking his own writing block, Elbow developed feedback techniques that reveal, point by point, a reader's true reaction to each piece of writing. Balancing such powerful honesty, each exercise is mindfully structured to increase a writer's sense of safety, and encourage them to grow. The group is challenging and fun, and needs just a couple more talented and committed members to complete the circle.

Our next open session is Monday June 22nd at 7pm.
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Comment by Susan Ruckdeschel on July 2, 2009 at 7:54am
There was a group that formed at the Muddy Cup on one Thursday monthly (can't remember which!). Is it no longer meeting? In any event - hi there; I'm a local writer/author. I am familiar with Peter Elbow's Center of Gravity method, and in fact used some of his research, or mentioned it, in my recent book Peer Coaching for Adolescent Writers (Ruckdeschel, 2010 - Corwin Press). You can also get more info. at The book is a how'to, three-step process that teachers use to teach kids to write, similar to Elbow's method but developed into a 3-step process of goal-setting, problem-identifying, and setting boundaries on what type of feedback a writer wants (or doesn't want) to receive. Really cool stuff, and kids learn to coach each other in their writing effort in a safe, friendly forum.

Please keep me informed on your progress -
Comment by Lillian Rosengarten on June 24, 2009 at 10:41am
I need a serious writing group to work on ongoing manuscripts. Can there be such a group? Mon eve's are hard.
Comment by Aine Ni Cheallaigh on June 20, 2009 at 4:31pm
Muppets are great, why not? And I guess ventriloquist's dummies can join too. And beanie babies are probably fine. But I draw the fucking line at paper dolls.
Comment by Mark Roland on June 20, 2009 at 12:43pm
Can muppets join? I fired all my joke writers and would like to try writing my own material.
Comment by Aine Ni Cheallaigh on June 20, 2009 at 10:55am
Ande: The Teacherless Writing Class will always be on a Monday, but additional writing events will be scheduled on other nights of the week. If you join the Meetup group, you'll get all the announcements. Hope to see you soon!

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