Beginning Mind: Writing with Resilience
Online Writing Workshops with Sandra Dorr
Spring, 2021

“Poetry begins where certitude leaves off.” Eavan Boland (1944-2020)
“Look for stories that haven’t been written yet, then write yours.” Thorton Wilder
“Stories keep part of us alive after the end of our story.” A.S. Byatt

Come join a writing workshop for poets, fiction and nonfiction writers. The goal is to develop a singular focus on what you and only you can write, and to inhabit a disciplined, open place of writing and finishing with clarity and ease.

As Shunru Suzuki said: “Write in the most straightforward, simple way as if you were a beginner, not trying to make something skillful or beautiful, but simply writing with full attention as if you were discovering what you were writing for the first time; then your full nature will be in your writing. This is the way of practice moment after moment.”

We’ll read some new and old works to harness the power of this time and to become aware of craft and various approaches in each of the three forms. You can join one or both one-hour submission workshop meetings to share your experience and resources, and learn from others. Each of you will have two class sessions to read longer or multiple pieces of work for verbal response from all the writers and a full written critique from me.

We’ll do a little in-class writing and aim to keep our writing voices part of the trajectory of our lives – not separate, all things related, building confidence and resilience for a long-term writing career.

Dates & time:
Pacific Time 4:00-6:20 p.m.
Mountain time 5:00-7:20 p.m.
Tuesday Classes 1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20 and
Tuesday submission workshop meetings 4-5 p.m. Pacific/5-6 p.m. Mtn time 2/16 & 4/13

Limited to 8.
Total Cost: $355/class & submission workshops. Payment plans easily available.

To register, download the Beginning Mind 2021 Registration form.

For questions, contact Sandy at, or 970.433.6800