Hear your pen scratch new words on a clean page.
Feel the dirt crunch beneath your feet.
Explore your words.
Step into your writing.
Make creative magic.
Not someday. Today.
Not alone. Together.
About Write and Ramble (On)
If you’re ready to step back into your writing practice, take it to the next level, find your voice, and get your trail legs, Write and Ramble (On) is designed to guide you through that process.
(n.) On long-distance and thru-hikes, getting your “trail legs” is one of the first big accomplishments for any hiker. It’s when your legs find their home on the trail, muscle memory kicks in, and they start to feel like they’re where they belong.
What is Write and Ramble (On)?
It's a live, 5-week generative writing workshop and community devoted to helping you find your voice and tap into the healing, inspiring, generative power of nature.
Over the course of our time together, you'll create a writing practice that supports your creative goals and develop a reverence for the outdoors that will guide and support your creativity.
Your creative soul will be nourished and fed, and you'll be ready to write something new and explore a new trail at any time.
Along the way, you’ll have a community to summit the figurative (and literal) mountains with, and we’ll all dig for writing gold and let creativity flourish. That’s the Write and Ramble (On) way.
It’s no secret that writing can be an isolating, lonely process. We all come to a point on the path when self-doubt, second-guessing, and comparison creeps in. We’ve been there too (and honestly, we still feel it!). Finding your voice, unearthing that story that you MUST tell is a process.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned along our own creative paths it’s this:
HAVING A COMMUNITY THAT SUPPORTS AND UNDERSTANDS YOU, ACCOUNTABILITY TO KEEP YOU WRITING, AND INSPIRATION TO NOURISH YOUR SOUL IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WRITING THE DAMN BOOK AND KEEPING IT LOCKED INSIDE YOU.
Who is Write and Ramble (On) for?
Wherever you are on your creative journey, we want you on the trail with us.
The Day Hiker
There’s a story inside you that you can’t wait to tell—but you keep putting it off because it feels overwhelming, or you don’t know where to begin. Fear and self-doubt have kept you from summiting your creative mountain. With the support and accountability of The Wandering Writer community, you’re ready to pull on those hiking boots and take the leap.
You know you’re a writer but you haven’t quite gotten to the point where you feel comfortable expressing your unique voice. Maybe you even have multiple stories you’re itching to tell. You want to connect to your creative soul more deeply and you want support in summiting your creative mountain.
The Thru Hiker
You have the skills and the confidence to write the book, or maybe you've already written one or two. But you know there’s something you’re not tapping into. You are ready to reach new creative summits in your writing and want a supportive community who will make the climb with you.
What's Inside the Free Course?
A personalized trail map to help you on your creative journey. We’ll begin with a kick-off questionnaire and free write to help you become more in touch with your creative needs and desires, what role walking and the outdoors play in your creative journey and goals as we start to hike the trail together.
Five live weekly writing sessions with Kateri and Stephanie. Every week for 5 weeks we will meet live on zoom at 11AM MST on Saturdays. We’ll spend this time quietly writing together and furthering our creative goals alongside the community. During each call we will provide a prompt to kick-start your writing if you feel that you need it. Otherwise, this will be quiet time to work and feel the energy of the community.
Five live Q&A calls with experienced writers who find inspiration and nourishment in the outdoors. Receive live, real-time support and guidance from lots of different perspectives, and learn through other people’s questions.
Five weeks of writing prompts and inspirational readings to help you find your voice and summit your creative mountain. The prompts will help you kickstart a writing practice, because we know that’s what’s most important when you’re out there finding your voice.
Five weeks of outdoor and walking-related challenges to help you build a practice of spending time outdoors and nourishing your creative spirit. These challenges are meant to help you find that thing that brings you back to the page over and over, and to introduce (or re-introduce) you to your muse.
A collective of other adventurous creatives. Write and find your voice alongside other like-minded writers who value the act of walking/hiking and being outdoors as much as you.
One yoga class taught by a fellow writer to help you feed your creativity and nourish the body that does so much for you.
A digital space with access to a supportive community off social media where you can share writing, ask for tips, get inspiration, ask for hiking/trip ideas and cultivate a community of like-minded individuals.
The opportunity to showcase the writing you’ve done over the last five weeks. At the end of our journey, we’ll open up a submission period to have your pieces posted on The Wandering Writer blog. We will share your beautiful writing on social media and with our community with the aim of celebrating all you’ve accomplished and getting more eyes on your work.
Write and Ramble (On) was inspired by our own writing journeys and the role spending time in wild places has played on our writing (and our lives). Each of the 5 weeks combines writing exercises and lessons with outdoor challenges that will help you to unlock your unique voice.
A Closer Look
Finding your voice can be one of the most daunting parts of being a writer. In the free, 5-week Write and Ramble (On) course, we’ll be using a trail map to lead the way to your creative summit. Here’s what you have to look forward to:
Before you set off
One week before class begins you’ll receive readings about the relationship between being outdoors and being creative, readings about how to cultivate a creative practice, information about our community, a special welcome, and a questionnaire/free write to help you get in touch with your creative spirit before class begins.
HIKING THROUGH THE TREES
On most summit hikes, there’s a section where hikers need to hike through the trees before they can get to the alpine. It can often be frustrating because you can’t see the mountain and it feels overwhelming. But, with a change of perspective, this can also be a really special part of a summit. It gives the hiker the opportunity to reflect on the journey ahead, to help their body adjust to the temperature, the air, and the new environment they find themselves in.
This week will be about seeking. You’ll start to look more closely and deeply at writing, creativity, and the experience of being in the wilderness/outdoors. You’ll start to get in touch with your muse.
This week will be about nourishing your creative, adventurous soul. We will begin to focus on nurturing a creative lifestyle that will allow for space to reach your goals and find your vice.
BREAKING OUT OF TREELINE
Seeing the vast openness of the alpine is our favorite part of a summit hike. You are finally able to see the summit from where you stand and everything feels very adventurous and exciting. It can be the most rewarding part of a hike because winding through the alpine and gaining the ridge of a mountain is often the most physically demanding. It is here that we really find our trail-legs, and see what we’re made of.
This week is all about pushing yourself creatively and in the outdoors. You’ll be going on an adventure and hopefully, breakthrough the trees. You’ll start to hear your voice coming through and you’ll really get in touch with what inspires you.
This week we will get in touch with the relationship between our creativity and our relationship with the outdoors, and see how one affects the other. It's about symbiosis, and mining for creative treasure. We’ll start to uncover the gold nuggets that are hiding and reveal new ways to tell your stories.
You’ve trekked through the thick trees and made it up the hardest part of the mountain. You’re on the summit with gorgeous, sprawling, wild landscape miles below you, munching on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, feeling oh-so accomplished. You’ve written so much, spent more time outdoors, cultivated a creative and outdoor practice, and met like-minded individuals. Now, let’s keep it going.
So what now? This week we’ll talk about dedication and community. We’ll talk with an author who has created a phenomenal community to support his creativity, and we’ll talk about how to keep going when class is over. We’re still tapping into our muse, hitting the trail, hiking the miles, and writing word after word after word after word.
Closing the Journey
Write and Ramble (On) submissions will open through Submittable, so we can share some of the beautiful writing you wrote on The Wandering Writer blog.
This isn't your average online course:
We’ve got to admit something. Between Stephanie and Kateri we’ve taken LOADS of online writing classes, and on the rare occasion that we finished them, we were left disappointed, thinking “was that really it?”
That’s precisely the reason that we’ve designed this course differently—with you and your creative journey in mind. We’ve been in your hiking boots before. So we compiled our experience to provide you with a class that will support you in your writing goals and ultimately support a creative lifestyle where you always know how to tap into inspiration and nourish your spirit.
We’ll keep it real. We know how hard it is to have a personal life, a career, and maintain a productive and fulfilling creative practice. During Write and Ramble (On) you won’t find any highly scripted emails—everything is coming directly from our heart to yours. This course is designed to work WITH creativity, to foster and nourish it, not work against it.
We’re here and we’re available. Over the 5 weeks, we’ll be here for you whether you’re having a bad writing day or you’re finding it really hard to hit the trail on an early morning. You’ll have access to us so that we can support you on this journey.
We’re taking the hike with you. Yep, you heard that right. We’ll be embarking on the creative journey too—writing the words and walking the miles. We’ll be in the trenches with you, feeling the feelings, uncovering and unearthing, and tackling our inner critics right alongside you.