ABOUT THIS WORK

WHAT IT IS

A simple method anyone can learn, Proprioceptive Writing®, (PW), is a form of meditative writing practiced to music in 25-minute sessions, both alone and in groups. Through the process of “Inner Hearing,” you can learn to listen to your thoughts with empathy and curiosity and reflect on them in writing. When engaging your thoughts and feelings in this way, you become open, receptive and focused. The mind is freed from anxiety and you are left feeling refreshed, energized, and restored to your natural state of vibrant aliveness. PW is a powerful tool that can be used to awaken your senses and emotions, unburden your mind and resolve emotional conflicts, and connect more deeply with your spiritual self.

PW can be used as a path to self expression and creativity, as a path to spiritual renewal, and as a path to emotional health. Writing is not the end of the practice, but rather the means to gain insight into and power over how we live and think. In the short term PW invigorates your mind. Over time it strengthens your sense of self and connects you to the world. When practiced regularly, PW can bring a new sense of well-being and confidence that is vital to mental health and creativity.

 

WHERE IT CAME FROM

The Founder of Proprioceptive Writing, Linda Trichter Metcalf, Ph.D. originated the practice while teaching at Pratt University in New York City during the mid seventies. For the past 40 years she has taught the practice along with her partner, Tobin Simon, Ph.D. in Portland, Maine, New York City and now Oakland, California. Together they are the authors of Writing the Mind Alive, The Proprioceptive Method for Finding your Authentic Voice, (Ballantine 2002). See their website at www.pwriting.org for more information and to order the book.

Hear Linda Metcalf, the founder of PW, talk about the practice here.

 

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ABOUT ANNE

Anne Bright, BA in Literature, MFA in Writing, is a certified Proprioceptive Writing teacher. She has taught the practice for over fifteen years and still works closely with Drs. Metcalf and Simon. As well as teaching PW, Anne has written fiction and essays for newspapers and magazines and has performed as a storyteller for both children and adults.

Hear Anne talk about PW here.