ONLINE WRITING WORKSHOP
The next Words That Move online workshop will be February 11 through March 8. Early bird registration opens on Monday, January 7.
This course is for:
+ Writers of all levels who want to clarify their voice, message and delivery.
+ Writers who feel blocked and have lost confidence in their writing.
+ Anyone who wants to find a deeper level of self-expression, creative courage and confidence through writing.
+ Anyone who wants to inspire, influence and testify with their words.
+ Bloggers who want to write with more heart, soul and vulnerability without sacrificing strategy.
+ Writers who blog and want to build a platform for their work.
+ Writers, journalers and diarists who feel creatively isolated and want to build and connect with other writers.
+ Creatives and business owners who want to improve their storytelling skills to emotionally connect with their audience.
Words That Move is my most comprehensive online course.
I created this course for all the women I connect with on my journey who tell me they have a story inside that they don't know how to tell. For the past five years, I've been creating content to help women find courage, clarity and purpose through writing. I’ve hosted live and online workshops and coached on-on-one, bringing women together to have meaningful discussions, tell important stories and connect through the love of language. The women I work with want to be more fully expressed in their lives but are uncertain about how writing can help them achieve that. They have stories they want to tell and ideas they want to share but struggle to organize their ideas. They acknowledge that there parts of themselves that only come out when writing and they want to strengthen this connection. I hear it all the time:
“I want to write, but I sit down to do it and nothing comes out, so I get frustrated and stop trying.”
“I have a story to tell, experiences and lessons I want to share, but I don’t know where to start.”
“I love to write but I’m not confident about how I write or that what I have to say matters.”
“I used to write all the time when I was younger, but I’m so busy now and I don’t have a creative outlet.”
“I want to let down my guard and be vulnerable, reignite my creativity and connect with like-minded souls.”
Words That Move will show you how to stop holding in and holding out for the ‘perfect’ words and start writing from the heart.
The lessons and exercises will help you focus, notice more details in everyday life and find more opportunities to use writing to make a unique impact on the world.
You will learn different ways to develop the habit of writing, experiment with your style and voice, and use what you’re learning to enhance your presence online, at work and in whatever community, purpose or passion you wish to serve.
My approach to creative coaching is:
+ Address the limiting beliefs and fears that are in the way, so the unique perspective that is already inside of you can be revealed and elevated.
+ Show you practical ways to infuse your unique writing voice into your current life, career and social presence.
+ Provide a safe space for mutual connection, inspiration and accountability between like-minded writers.
What is different about this writing course?
I believe that knowing and accepting yourself and your point of view is essential to any kind of writing. So not only will you learn specific techniques and strategies for both private and public writing, but you will also get a hearty dose of advice on self-possession, creative living and paving your own path as a writer and expressive voice.
Once you purchase the course and register your email address, you will receive my self-discovery books — Writing the Layers and Wallflower — in PDF format. We will refer to both of these books occasionally during the course for writing exercises and examples.
HOW IT WORKS:
Starting Monday, February 11, each week you will receive a PDF workbook and audio summary containing the weekly lesson and writing exercises. You can view the course outline here. While there are many writing exercises within the workbooks that you can explore at your own pace, you will be given specific assignments each week to share on the private blog with your classmates. Also each week, I will hold a 60-minute Office Hours session for Q&A, feedback and discussion. All you need for the course is access to a computer and internet access and if possible, earphones for the Q&A sessions. You will need a printer if you’d like to print out the PDFs, but this of course is optional.
"Your workshops are God's work and discovering your website last fall was a divine appointment. I resonate so well with your books so I knew this workshop would be a joy. The internet is bombarded with ubiquitous writing/blogging courses but yours focuses on the writing itself - not all the market-y stuff. The healing and self-observation that's provoked from each of the exercises set this workshop apart from the rest. My favorites were Week 2 and 3 exercises. Allowing myself to write from my first thoughts was a liberating experience that revealed how much I still hold back and edit myself. In Week 3, you broke down the target audience concept with such grace and nuance- no cookie-cutter nonsense. Also, the explorations with voice and storytelling really pushed me out of my poetic comfort zone. This workshop is for the writers and bloggers who write to connect and inspire others without compromising their expression and creativity. The assignments were not only therapeutic but spiritual- helping us to unearth hidden pockets of wisdom that often remain buried. The weekly lessons have deepened my writing practice and helped me to wrap my head around my upcoming blog concept- I look forward to launching it early this year! Thank you for providing a safe space to hone this sacred practice." - Kristin Bruce
"The Words that Move Writing Workshop helped me to trust my voice, and to believe that my story was important. GG showed me that even if my efforts only affected a small few, my heart would feel the effect of freedom the most!" - Brandy Nickens
"Words That Move was an excellent workshop. From week 1, I was in awe at the generosity of resources and activities offered to supplement our learning . Every subsequent week was equally robust - providing thought-provoking, challenging activities, and prompts. GG was a knowledgeable and gracious facilitator and provided for a comfortable environment for us to work interactively and receive useful feedback. I can't wait to invest in her next workshop. " - Yolanda Bradley-Crocker
"I am so so so glad I took your workshop! I’ve invested in my fair share of courses and such that have benefited me in other areas of my life. They’ve been engaging and all, but none of them have made my heart as full as your workshop has! Writing has always been a necessity in my life, but I lost my writing voice while on my journey to develop myself as a brand and trying to figure out all of this technical blogging business mumbo jumbo. It literally, physically hurt me to not be able to write how I used to. Writer’s block was not only frustrating, but I felt empty and lost. Almost as if I truly did lose all ways of communicating. There were things I wanted to get out of my system but didn’t know how to anymore, and it left me feeling mentally and spiritually clogged up. But you are the glamorous and nurturing Drain-O to my nasty stubborn hairball!
You not only helped me embrace that I am indeed a writer (important for anyone who struggles with calling themselves this), but all of your practices within each workbook REALLY got the juices flowing for me! Can I say that I’m actually overwhelmed in the best way possible with all the ways I can get things out of my system? I have SO many things to turn to when I want to write, and they’re absolutely appreciated to the fullest. It actually makes me wanna find more time and things to write about just so I can do as many of the practices as possible!" - Cierra Mercier
"I would most definitely recommend this course for anyone looking to spark the writing bug. I had serious writer's block and GG helped me face fears and insecurities that I didn't even realize were holding me back. In short this course is reflective, self-awakening and inspiring!" - Juliet Marie
"Words that Move is a great course. GG Renee put a lot of work, insight, and care into it. I looked forward to the weekly emails because the subjects and messages were right on time and spoke to my soul. The fellow writers were great also. I so loved the office hour calls, audios, and especially the workbooks. Everything resonated with me and I received so many ahas in writing and business. GG Renee epitomizes vulnerability and strength and has created a space that allows others to tap deep into their unique style of self expression. I've always wanted to take a GG Renee course since I have been following her and now that I have, I am glad I did. A wonderful experience." - Sharisa T. Robertson
"I feel like a curtain just came down and the words are happy to come out. I am writing daily and scribbling notes often. I get inspired through sight and feel more confident in me sharing my writing. Loving this workshop!" - Mari Corona
"Words That Move helped me to reconnect with the part of me that had the initial urge to write and share my voice and perspective. As a result of Words That Move, I can’t stop writing. When I sit down to write my thoughts flow freely. I no longer find myself judging my words and my ideas. I am writing down my thoughts again simply because they are mine. I enjoyed the community of the Facebook group, and I liked the weekly audio lessons. I would listen to the audio lessons on the go and after the lesson was over I would still be thinking about writing. The workbooks are visually pleasing. The exercises are inspiring and thought provoking. I like the quotes about writing that are before each lesson. I would recommend Words That Move to people who need inspiration to free the writer in them. I think that anyone who loves to write and to discuss the writing life would enjoy this course." - Ilea Eckhardt
"The Words That Move Workshop revived & enhanced my writing practice. While I still need to be more intentional about writing every day, my writing practice was enhanced by causing my imagination to be awoken & stretched by the prompts! Also, I want to write more prose: essays, short stories & maybe even a novel because of the examples & feedback from others in our group!
I would recommend this writing course to anyone who: wants to explore their writing voice, wants to remove writing under pressure/perception of others to gauge your authenticity & for those who enjoy interactive writing communities!
The course helped me want to write differently. Some of the prompts were given as one word & we were to run with it - those exercises helped me to write outside of my norm.
My favorite part of the course was the built in aspect of the workshop's community. I loved the capability to reach out and read others' work as they were being stretched, just as much as I was. The chats/Q&As were also great!" - De'Nita Moss
"This class was amazing. I haven't written this much in a long time and I am making it a habit to incorporate writing into my daily practices as the course intended. It helped me be more honest in my writing and realized that I hold back even in personal writing in my journal out of fear. But once I shook that idea, the words started flowing. I experienced the therapeutic effects of writing. I wasn't doing that before. I don't think there's anything that I would change about this course. Thank you for being transparent. It's been an awesome experience and I'm glad I made this investment." - Kaylia Fontenot
"The course helped me overcome my disconnect to writing. I would recommend this course to anyone who questions the call to be a writer. My favorite part of the course was the warm welcome and sense of family, the interaction and nurturing support of my fellow writers, and the gentle insightful nudges from our awesome instructor!" - Ava Griffith
"First I want to start off by saying THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! This course was the kick in the butt I needed and provided me with a whole bunch of other stuff that I'd either forgotten or never knew. Prior to this course I had stopped my blog because I was no longer feeling it and wasn't receiving feedback in the manner I thought I should have been. That also caused me to stop contributing to various online pubs. I also have a middle-grade fiction manuscript that has garnered interest from a few publishing houses, but I stopped working on it too.
I got to a point where I disliked writing. I now know I was looking for satisfaction from other people, rather than finding it within myself.
The desire to write never left me. So when I saw you promoting this course online I knew I had to take it, and I am glad I did.
The class assignments really made me open up and write from a deeper perspective. It has also inspired me to start the revision process for my manuscript. One thing my editor keeps telling me is that I have to show, instead of tell. This course helped me understand how to do that. And I was very thankful that you touched on that at various points in the course. A lot of what I learned and was reminded of will be of great use once I get back to revising my manuscript.
I am all-around inspired and excited to write again, not for other people but for myself. Two great things happened for me in this course.
1- Reading the work of the other ladies in the course was helpful in understanding that I am not alone in my struggle to write or my struggles in life.
2- Stream of consciousness and the brain dump. I have done both every day since reading about it in WK 1. I found this to be a great way for me to just get stuff off my mind and write how I feel without worrying about my feelings being judged. Again, thank you so much!" - Tamika Burgess