Patricia Ann Chaffee
Patricia Ann Chaffee 

Writer ~ Poet ~ Photographer ~ Retreat Guide ~ Spiritual Director ~ Expressive Arts Facilitator ~ Simple Living Advocate - Creating A Writing Life Facilitator

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This is a photo I took years ago while on retreat in upstate New York. Writing can be such a mysterious thing and this image makes me think about how elusive the writing life can be...That is, until we claim it as our own. I’ve been trying to do more of t

Creating a Writing Life July 2017


Greetings Friends. Happy July!  This week I had an opportunity to attend an expressive arts workshop presented by journalist and expressive arts educator, Amy Barry at a library in the quaint seaside village of Stony. Creek. I love to attend programs like this for my own self nurture but also to observe the diverse way that facilitators do their thing. I'm always looking to learn. Amy is a friend and I had not yet had a chance to attend one of her programs. I'm so glad I did.

For two hours she led a group of 15 women through various visual  art and writing exercises that resulted in a lot of introspection, drawing, writing, sharing and great fellowship. These kinds of programs are offered in all our communities but we don't often make time for them. I had so many other things I "should" have been doing. I'm glad I ignored that and did the thing I felt called to do... nurture myself for two hours on a sunny Saturday morning. Here is a poem I wrote in response to one of the exercises about using metaphor to describe ourselves.


Read on  for the July issue of Creating A Writing Life Newsletter…

Be well and keep creating,

July 2017 Creating A Writing Life Retreat at Mercy By the Sea, Madison, CT

June 2017 Retreat at Mercy By the Sea

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