Humbled and blessed. That’s what God was pressing upon my mind last Saturday, as I met with eleven lovely ladies (and beautiful souls) for the first Write On, Mom: A Creative Writing Workshop for Moms. I’d been seeing creative writing groups for mothers in my galavanting online, and creating one for the Dainty Mom community was something I’d been mulling over for quite some time now! (It’s in-line with my “life list” goals, too — yay — and somewhat connected with my blogging resolutions for the year, which was to go “back to writing.”)
I honestly felt like I was back teaching Creative Writing again, almost four years ago before I retired the English tutor hat. Except today, I wasn’t teaching school kids (although that is fun, too). I was with other women who were, like me, eager to write from the heart. I didn’t want to appear as the “instructor” or something; I was merely a facilitator. That’s because I believed all the moms present were natural storytellers.
We met at Kuppa Roastery & Cafe, one of my favorite places in Bonifacio Global City. (That’s my usual order, Ben’s Cappuccino, the best cappuccino I’ve had thus far!) I love Kuppa for its great coffee, and even more so for its great ambiance: perfect for a quiet afternoon of learning, reflection and writing! I only wish I lived closer. I booked the second floor for our workshop, which was from 1:30 to 5:00 PM last Saturday, May 18.
We exchanged intros from the start, and eventually moved on to tell our individual stories as moms. We talked about why we blogged; what we wanted to see change in the blogging world; why we were at the workshop, our learning goals, etc. As I listened to each lady, I realized that my first assumption was true: What great storytellers they all were! From their candid anecdotes about what brought them to blogging, to the incidents of that particular Saturday leading up to the workshop, each mom had a great story to tell, with some stories even moving us to tears! (Sniff.)
Our intros and discussion were a perfect setting for the practical learning theme for the afternoon: “What is Story?” I dug back into my writing books and courses from long ago, and from recent mentorships and trainings. I referred to two of my current favorite creative writing “bibles”: Panning for Gold in the Kitchen Sink (Smith; Greenberg) and The Story Factor (Simmons), for the core of the material.
It was, to say the very least, a moving and powerful lesson for us all.
We learned six specific story archetypes that resonate with all readers, and looked into the writings of some of our favorite and most-loved inspirational and motivational writers. I won’t go into the details (which are reserved for those who attended, because they all had “homework” post-event, **haha**), but our conversations after the workshop all revealed one thing: We all had a story to tell. We each had the capacity to touch people’s lives with our story.
As moms, in particular, our stories have the ability to encourage, empathize with and even empower fellow moms.
And that’s why we write on.
Our biggest take-home point (aside from all the technical stuff about creative writing) was this: to tell our stories in a way that builds our faith—faith in whatever we believe in. This was something we talked about as well in Blog Inspired last month, wherein we talked about blogging in line with our life’s purpose. Sounds like a big responsibility, but telling our story is: It’s deciding to let people into our world. If people happen to want to step into that world, it is then — as Simmons says — that our stories have truly “moved mountains”:
“People want faith — faith in you, your success, in the story you tell. It is faith that “moves mountains,” not facts… Once people make your story their story, you have tapped into the powerful force of faith. - Annette Simmons, The Story Factor
Do you want to join the Write On Mom Workshops! Things are already in motion for the second workshop in this series, so if you are interested, do leave a comment below, and make sure you’re signed up for the Dainty Mom Newsletter, where we announce workshop dates and schedules for subscribers.