Creativity Requires Safety


I started the Chilmark Writing Workshop after I had been to writing groups that destroyed me and everyone else in the room. I learned early on that Creativity requires safety.


" If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone."-Alan Watts


Dr. Randy Kamen and the Finding Fulfillment and Joy in Midlife Summit

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Nancy Aronie at Women on Fire, 2014

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Distinguished writer and commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Nancy Slonim Aronie says that there is so much judgment in so many areas of our life - our jobs, our schools, our relationships - that the most important part of the creative process is creating a safe, writing environment.

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A wonderful heart-felt moment with writer, writing workshop leader, and teacher Nancy Slonim Aronie.

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Nancy Slonim Aronie hosts Camp Jabberwocky at the Chilmark Writing Workshop video by Peter Stray music "Relics In Time" by Marengast.

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Nancy Slonim Aronie's interview with Deanne Barrett for the Wholehearted Parenting speaker series. A discussion about safety in writing and parenting. 

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