Freedom to Write: Creative Writing Workshop

  • Dissolve writer’s block and discover a wellspring of inspiration
  • Develop your authentic voice and unique strengths
  • Learn tools of the writer’s craft and hone your skills
  • Develop a regular writing practice and see your projects come to life
  • Enjoy camaraderie with other writers

Open to writers in all genres and at all levels of experience. For all kinds of writing—from poetry to screenplays, memoir to fiction, from writing as healing to writing for publication, from beginners to experienced writers.

We generate new writing together each week in class and share our writing in a supportive and highly stimulating environment, receiving generous feedback. We learn new skills and discuss tools of the writer’s art and craft.

Drawing from the renowned Amherst Writers and Artists Method, Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones, and a wealth of other sources, this method is powerfully effective for generating strong writing, growing as a writer from wherever you are starting, and getting the ink flowing.

“It has opened a window to myself – to expression, to connect again to the voice that speaks to me and wants to be known and heard through language on paper-and ever so much more. Totally loved it!”
“I loved the experience of discovery, of new writing and new perspectives
unfurling naturally like the opening of a flower…
allowing the work to write itself, because it’s been there all along, waiting for the pen to outline its form.”

Structure of the 8-Week Course:

Each week, we write together in class, using inspiring ideas and exercises as instigation for our creativity. You’ll generate a wealth of new writing and be astonished by what pours out of you.

group of friends_sYou are free to write in any medium—poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction. You can work on an ongoing project or simply see what arises each week.

You can share your work and receive supportive feedback on your strengths to help you develop your unique voice and grow as a writer.

I bring in inspiring examples and teach tools of the writer’s art that help you develop your skills and broaden your palette of possibilities.

You’ll receive practical support for developing a regular writing practice, inspiring your muse, and having the courage and commitment to reach for your big writing dreams.

You’ll develop your capacity to be your own insightful, helpful editor by learning to note strengths in the work of others.

And you’ll have fun!

I wrote freely for the first time in ten years and really enjoyed it. I remembered a part of myself long locked away!


8 Wednesdays • 3:30 – 5:30 pm
July 3 – August 21
in a private home in Nevada City, CA
$360 for 8 weeks*

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*There is no pro-rating for classes that you miss and no refunds once you register.
“The tools given to me by Maxima opened a whole other level of writing to me. Quite the catalyst! I was reminded of how cathartic writing is. For me, it’s a way to validate and honor myself. Take this class. Get over your fears of not measuring up or of being afraid you won’t feel approval. It’s a judgement-free and safe and supportive environment.”
“I was reminded of the brilliance and power of each unique voice and that it is simple to call forth that voice with prompts.

I feel inspired to keep writing and sharing with others.

I would highly recommend working with and being mentored by Maxima. You will be in gifted and skilled, caring hands.

Maxima Kahn has been leading workshops on writing and creativity since 2004, both at the University of California Davis through the extension program and privately at Brilliant Playground. A participant of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, the Colrain Poetry Conference and the Vermont Studio Center, she has been published in numerous literary journals, including most recently Entropy, Sweet, Citron Review and Tiny Buddha. She has twice been nominated for Best of the Net.