"Get in the habit of welcoming your own words. You are making a map of the days you live."

Naomi shihab Nye

On this adventure, we’ll ‘meet at the trailhead’ to do a little meditation and create some writing ‘firestarters’ together. We’ll get our bearings by listening to a poem or other source of inspiration.

From there, we write, each of us choosing a different path – no wrong way to go, just our own road ahead leading us through the forest of our stories, our thoughts, our truth.

When the writing is complete, we’ll ‘circle up around the fire’ to tell each other what we saw, heard and discovered – each of us sharing our raw and unedited words, being entirely received and embraced by the tribe.

This is not fine art. This is more like fingerpainting.

You do not have to consider yourself a writer to join in. In fact, you get to leave everything you ever learned about ‘good writing’ at the door when you arrive. This is wild, this is messy, this is a time to celebrate the ordinary, the imperfect, the downright naked truth, with all its creases, dimples and stray hairs. Aren’t you ready for that kind of freedom?

Your writing may also be the seeds for an important conversation you need to have with someone or with yourself. It may be the practice laps for greater compassion, greater self-awareness, greater freedom in your life overall.

Your writing can even be like a passing cloud. Here and then gone. But still worthy of noticing and beholding. This sacred time and space may just be the open window your soul needs every once in awhile – to feel expressed and boundless.

You are ripe for…

  • Uncovering thoughts, feelings and themes that are important to express
  • Pushing past the ego and inner critic, enjoying some time without pretense or masks
  • Claiming permission to write badly or be messy and free yourself from the habit of perfectionism
  • Writing your true stories, your inner dialogue, your passing thoughts to evoke new self-awareness
  • Practicing presence and allowing your creative unconscious to be liberated
  • Leaning in to being vulnerable, seen and heard within a trusted circle
  • Receiving the gifts of intimacy, trust and ‘me-too-ness’
SINGLE SLICE

One class. One write. And then we each share our beautiful words, in our own voice, just the way they came out onto the page. A shorter, lighter version of the longer workshops, this is THE sweetest way to dip your toes in and test the waters. The poem-prompts are new each time, so come once or come to them all (about monthly). You will leave wanting more.

ONLINE via ZOOM

or IN-PERSON around the Twin Cities

4WK WORKSHOPS

Each week, for four weeks, our small intimate group gathers for Insight Writing teachings, poetry inspiration, short timed-writes and the magical power of reading our writings to one another. No critique, no judgment. Just the warmest embrace from this trusted circle, each member adding their own notes to the music we make together. This. Is. Healing.

ONLINE via ZOOM + PRIVATE FORUM

or IN-PERSON around the Twin Cities

12WK INTENSIVE

The most anticipated workshop events of the year! In the spring and fall, groups of ten or less writers will take the long, scenic road into unraveling their stories and opening the door to truth little by little each week. This is a masterclass in being seen, being heard, and being present for one another. Powerful, intimate, bonding.

ONLINE via ZOOM + PRIVATE FORUM

SELF-GUIDED LABS

No classes to attend. Everything delivered straight to your inbox so you can feast when the time is just right (or more than once!). Each week, receive an audio recording of an entire workshop – teachings, poem-prompts, timed writes and ways to share your writings in a private forum (not Facebook!). Each lab focuses on a theme, so we can deep dive and explore every corner of the landscape.

via EMAIL + PRIVATE FORUM

– UPCOMING EVENTS –

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Cyn. Live. From the bungalow and maybe in her jammies. Drop in to hear a few notes from recent workshops and a poem inspired by a favorite writer/teacher. Just a sip and you’ll be off with a few prompts in your pocket.

Happy Hour

January 5th @ 6pm Central US
Facebook Live @ Of Ink + Insight

FREE

One class. One write. And then we each share our beautiful words, in our own voice, just the way they came out onto the page. A shorter, lighter version of the longer workshops, this is THE sweetest way to dip your toes in and test the waters. The poem-prompts are new each time, so come once or come to them all (about monthly). You will leave wanting more.

Normally this class costs $30, but this time, you can name your price. You can be generous because 50% of all receipts will be donated to the Insight Scholarship Fund to help writers attend a 12WK Intensive. When you sign up, you’ll receive a link to submit a payment to Paypal.Me.

Single Slice

January 14th @ 2:30pm Central US
ONLINE via ZOOM

PAY WHAT

YOU LIKE

Each week, our small intimate group gathers for Insight Writing teachings, poetry inspiration, short timed-writes and the magical power of reading our writings to one another. No critique, no judgment. Just the warmest embrace from this trusted circle, each member adding their own notes to the music we make together. This. Is. Healing.

Every series is a new experience with new content and new discoveries.

4WK Workshop

Fridays, January 19th – February 9th
10am-11:30am Central US

or

Mondays, January 22nd – February 12th
10am-11:30am Central US

ONLINE via ZOOM
+ PRIVATE FORUM

$134 USD

The most anticipated workshop event of the year! In a group of ten or less writers, take the long, scenic road into unraveling your stories and opening the door to truth little by little each week. This is a masterclass in being seen, being heard, and being present for one another. Powerful, intimate, bonding.

Every season unfolds with new content each time – never the same experience twice.

SPRING 2018

12WK Intensive

Fridays, April 6th – June 22nd. 2018
10am-11:30am Central US

or

Mondays, April 9th – June 25th. 2018
10am-11:30am Central US

ONLINE via ZOOM
+ PRIVATE FORUM

$397 USD

Would you like to arrange a closed, private workshop (online or in-person) for your small group?

Schedule With Cyn

Paying it forward…

The Insight Writing 12WK Intensive (held each spring and fall) is a special experience. It’s deep, it’s healing, it’s sometimes life-changing to cultivate a personal writing practice that hinges on bonded relationships with other human beings, other writers. For this reason, it’s important to me to make sure those who want and need this offering can attend, despite an ability to pay the full fee.

Some classes during the year are ‘Pay What You Like’ and when you take one of these workshops, 50% of the amount you pay is held aside in the Insight Scholarship fund. But you can offer your generosity to this endeavor any time. Just click below and you will be directed to my Paypal.Me account where you may choose any amount that feels right.

And then I’m going to gather up my best hugs, my deepest gratitude, and send them across the miles to you. Many, many thanks. xoxo

Applications for scholarships will be taken during the months of February and August. Check back here for details or subscribe to the mailing list (at the bottom of this page) to be the first to know when applications are accepted.

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Excellent Questions!

What if I'm not practiced at writing?

If you enjoy writing letters, a journal, silly little poems or stories – then you will absolutely enjoy Insight Writing. Insight Writing is not for perfecting or publishing. We just come as we are, let ourselves open and keep the pen moving. No need to edit or police your grammar. This is the one place where writing badly is encouraged and celebrated.

Do I have to share my writing?

Trust me when I say the reward for being vulnerable is too great to miss out on. This is about writing, but it is also about allowing yourself to be seen, heard and embraced by other imperfect human beings.

At a minimum, I would like you to share your writing with me, if you feel absolutely unable to share with the group. You may email your writing to me or send me a link to a recorded reading of your writing. I’ll return a heap of love and me-too-ness every time.

What is ZOOM?

ZOOM is technology that makes it possible for us to gather from all corners of the planet. With webcams and microphones, we are able to see and hear one another, all in one place on the internet. Go ahead, come to class in your jammies. It’s pretty rad.

To use ZOOM, all you need is a link and a reliable internet connection. The first time you click the link, the ZOOM application will run through a setup. But after that, logging on is quick and easy. If you can’t join with the internet, you may also join by phone. All the details are sent out to you in advance of your event.

A headset with microphone is highly encouraged to help limit your background noise from disrupting your experience and the experience of your ZOOMmates. Sitting near your wifi source or connecting directly with an ethernet cable can greatly reduce interruptions in your streaming.

What if I run out of things to write about?

I’ll talk a little about this at the beginning of our time together and give you a few ways to keep the pen moving. I’ll offer you some alternative prompts each time we write, so if one isn’t leading into fertile territory, perhaps another will.

At any time, you are free to write about absolutely anything that feels compelling – veer off in another direction, make a list, write a letter or even describe what it feels like to run out of things to write about. Listen to the conversation that is ever-present in your heart and let those thoughts transform into words. Whatever you write is what needs to be said. Promise.

Will there be a recording of the events?

Though the sessions are recorded for internal review purposes only, I will not post a recording publicly. This is to ensure everyone feels safe to express themselves honestly and openly. So it’s very important you actually attend an event you have registered for or transfer your registration to another person who can attend in your place (just send me a message to arrange this).

When you share a post or recorded reading to our private, online forum (when one is offered), it cannot be automatically shared outside the group. Our community policy forbids anyone from reproducing your posts or writing in any way.

Will there be feedback about my writing?

While you will receive the gratitude and loving energy of the group after you share, there will be no judgment or suggestions or crosstalk. Every person is valued and we respect each other by keeping the momentum and freedom moving.

In our private, online forum (when one is offered), we keep feedback limited to only brief, positive reflections. If you would like to connect personally with another participant, it’s always a good idea to first ask them if they are open to discussing their writing. At times, what we write simply needs to be set free and not revisited – we honor that possibility with each other.

What happens if I need to cancel?

I’m happy to offer you an opportunity to reschedule for a future workshop if you cancel BEFORE your event takes place. Because there are no refunds for these live events, please be mindful when purchasing.

Very often, workshops are sold out. It will mean a lot to someone on a waiting list to take your place if you cannot attend. For this reason, I ask that you give me as much advanced notice as possible so I can arrange a switch. Your purchase receipt contains a link for canceling or rescheduling, but when in doubt, simply email me and I can handle everything for you.

If you’d like to transfer your workshop registration to a friend, just email me the new attendee’s information so I’m prepared to welcome them into the workshop and send them any pre-workshop details.

– KIND WORDS –

I cannot think of a better leader to take you into the depths of this work. Cynthia is a deep and natural writer. Work with her.

Laurie Wagner, 27powers.org

Writing with Cynthia, I'm repeatedly awed by her honesty. She reminds me of the wonder that surrounds us and that yes, it is possible to hold all the contradictions of this life by laying them down on the page: beauty, pain, silliness, small details. Cyn's got some real magic in her. And when you write with her, you'll realize you've got magic in you, too. 

Liz Culpepper, lizculpepper.com

There is no way to participate in one of your workshops without being struck by the love that unfolds. Inspired by the raw emotion, the vulnerability, the sheer awesomeness that emerges from the power of showing up fully.

Kate

Do yourself a favor and give yourself the gift of time to join a workshop.  If you are not an experienced journaler or writer, you will soon be enjoying the journey.  If this is not new to you, Cyn will take you to the next level of finding your inner voice.  Our group had a broad range of experience, so we learned from each other.  I quickly felt I was at "home" with a group of good friends.

Susan

My only concern was that, as a non-journaler, I would be staring at a blank page asking me “so, what are you feeling”.  What happened instead is that I was guided through a series of inspiring prompts that got my brain and heart moving.

Sherri

The process of writing together in a supportive group was unlike anything I had done before. I felt lighter afterward like I had taken off a heavy backpack. This could be addicting!

Pat

Cyn gave me a pearl of wisdom, “You have to give yourself permission to not be perfect.  You have to give yourself permission to do things differently.  You have to give yourself permission…”  Words I will never forget!  From that moment on I had a shift in my thinking.

Devon

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