Developing Your Writing Ritual

One small step can really change you

Delight your senses with this outdoor writing experience designed as an enjoyable exploration of Writing Rituals—steps to take before putting pen to paper. This day-long workshop (9 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26) at Carter Caves State Resort Park amphitheater will be useful to anyone interested in developing Writing Rituals to improve both personal and professional work. Participants will examine models from famous authors and current bloggers, as well as past and present educators, writers, and creators.


ˈriCH(o͞o)əl/ noun

1. a religious or solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.

2. A writing ritual is a repetitive but deliberate and conscious behavior that has a deeper meaning. You hopefully already perform some sort of writing rituals before you write something for the day. Writing rituals are much different than writing habits. … It means to me that I am ready to get down to business

After a morning of dedicated writing time, creativity ambassador Bex Hall will lead an activity designed to improve the kindness factor in your neck of the woods, classroom, garden club, or little acre. Participants will use words in powerful and inspirational ways (visit The Kindness Rocks Project).

After lunch, poet A.E. Stringer will take us on a poetry walk. And author John Van Kirk will present a unique dossier writing activity. We will end the day with participant readings and the cave scene from Marie Manilla’s work Shrapnel, after which, cave and creek exploration are highly recommended.

Classroom teachers receive 6 hours of Professional Development and lesson plan ideas. All participants will take home some great prompts, musical selections designed for inspiring personal writing, and a collection of writing rituals that will last long after the enjoyable session ends.

Register online here. More information about our spring and fall writing retreats available here.