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Part 2 of free online writing workshop this afternoon April 1, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

Thank you to those who’ve made comments here (and sent to my email at anacastilloworkshops@gmail.com) Why didn’t I use Zoom?  Not because my skills are at Jitterbug Cell Phone level but like many these days–I’m just not up to being ‘looked at.’ I also wanted participants to focus on the writing & not their hair. Social media places a huge emphasis on showing off our best selves through filters, makeup, etc.–and this is about getting…

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These Times (poem, 2018) March 31, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

These Times  I In these times, you and I share, amidst the air you and I breathe, inspiration we take from day to day thriving, opposition we meet, the sacred conch shell calls us, drums beat, prayers sent up, aromatic smoke of the pipe are our pledge to the gods. An all-night fire vigil burns where we may consume the small cactus messenger of the Huichol and of the Pueblo people of New Mexico, red…

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Face Your Fears writing workshop Part I ends March 30, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

Time’s up for our writing workshop this afternoon. I hope my suggestions and feedback were helpful. It’s always a privilege and pleasure to work with other writers.   If you have writing that comes out of today’s session and would like to post it in comments, please do.  If you’d like to keep it private and would like to show it to me please send to me at anacastilloworkshops@gmail.com.  I promise I’ll read it. Wed.,…

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Fear of Our Own Mortality – Posted in: Blog

It may not be on your top five but maybe not much more has provoked the imagination in the human mind than the fear or at least awareness of one’s own mortality. In dealing with an unprecedented world pandemic and growing numbers forced to stay indoors, isolate, even not touch outside objects–let’s take a minute to think about the worse.  (You may say you don’t fear death but fear the death of your loved ones.…

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Fear #3 – Posted in: Blog

Let’s put this one under speculative fiction.  As those of you who write fiction know, some of fiction is based on non-fiction (people, places and actual experiences we’ve had.)  We’ll take 15-20 minutes to sketch out this next exercise using Fear #3. You’re walking down the street one day and you catch a reflection in a window.  At first it startles you.  You stop to take a closer look.  You realize that person is you…

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Next– – Posted in: Blog

How did the interview with Fear #2 go? Did they want to be interviewed?  If not, why dod you think not? More questions for you to consider.  Remember you may do this with any of the fears on your list.  Pick #1 or #2 and ask yourself the following (make notes):  How you now feel about that fear? Have your feeling shifted at all?  Don’t be afraid–look over at those two, Fear #1 and Fear…

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Next–Working with Fear #2 – Posted in: Blog

You will obviously not write away your #1 fear but the objective here is to start to confront it–by naming it, reflecting upon–thinking of how it has served you, as well as been a disservice. It’s a lot to take in–don’t expect to get it all written out now.  Our fears prevent us from living our full serves but in some ways they are there to protect us, too. If you fear getting burned by…

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Welcome/Bien Venido/as/x to the free writing workshop – Posted in: Blog

You’ve come to the right place. I’ll be checking in from 3-5 p.m. CST for comments and checking my email:  anacastilloworkshops@gmail.com. It is the email where you may send any writing that comes from these exercises and prompts or related but private questions.  Otherwise, you may also post in the comments sections here. Because these are virtually virtual times I’m offering a community of writers and would-be writers to follow along here on line.  No…

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Warming up for the Free Writing Workshop: Face Your Fears – Posted in: Blog

After you make you list of top worst fears take a moment. Don’t judge the fear. It’s yours.  Own it.  The only way to confront it is to name it and give it the weight your life, heart and actions have placed on it. Let’s remember how many courageous people have come before us in their times who faced their greatest fear head on–they cleared a path for us. Our task now, is to keep…

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