Free Fall Writing Sessions

AWCS uses the “free fall” method of creative writing as the basis for all instruction. The free fall method of writing was first introduced by W.O Mitchell, and further refined by Michael Fay when he set up his own creative writing courses.

Free Fall Method of Writing

The free fall method of writing encourages the writer to write without editing as they go. That editorial instinct to edit as you write, common to most writers, can be tempting but also time-consuming and counterproductive.

W.O. Mitchell’s free fall method encourages writers to switch off their inner editor and just write as the thoughts come into their minds, relying on sensory information and memories. The writer can edit after the piece is finished, but during the process, it is essential the writer does not revise his or her work.

Our Free Fall Writing Sessions take it a step further. You will meet great people, have lots of laughs, share in a fun and supportive environment, learn ways to develop new ideas for writing projects, ie: verbal cues, images, sentences, snippets of dialogue.

Although it’s encouraged, you don’t have to share your writing. There is no critiquing involved in free fall. This is meant to only let your subconscious flow freely onto the page.

Break through writer’s block. Have fun. And write.

Daytime Sessions

Every Friday | 10am to noon | AWCS Members: Free | Non-Members: $5

Our daytime sessions have been a staple of AWCS programming for several years. We are proud of the commitment of our volunteers and members who help make this program what it is. All new members are welcome to come down and join us and practice the free fall method. If you want to bring a guest, or you’re a non-member looking to try something different, great: but there is a $5 drop in fee for any non-members.

Evening sessions are held two Thursdays a month from 7-9pm. Please check the events page for upcoming sessions.

Check out the Free Fall Friday Fragments Blog

The Prose Group | 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month

Peer feedback can be some of the most valuable feedback you will ever get. Whether you’re looking for suggestions, positive feedback, or just want to spend an evening with other writers, a critique group might be just what you’re looking for, but not just any critique group. The AWCS prose group. It’s not like your normal critique group. There will be no mass emails into your inbox requiring you to delve into other stories with a fine-point pen taking away your own writing time. Instead, you will practice reading your work in front of people, get verbal feedback and meet other writers.
 Here’s how it will work:
 If you’re interested in being on the receiving end of the feedback, first contact the facilitator. (see contact info below) It will be on a first come, first served basis and you must be a current AWCS member. The first 6-10 people will be slotted for feedback. Now, you bring copies of the pages you plan to read to handout to the group. The facilitator will suggest how many copies to bring. When it’s your turn you will read your pages out loud. Maximum 5 minutes. The others in the group will listen and make notes on your pages and give 5 minutes verbal feedback at the end of the reading at which time you can ask a few questions. Each presenter will receive their marked-up pages back at the end of the review. Each presenter gets 10 minutes from start to finish. 5 minute reading, 5 minutes of feedback.
Other members of the group are encouraged to attend even if they aren’t reading. They can critique and listen. You learn a great deal by listening to the feedback other authors get on there work. Non-members are welcome to attend and offer feedback or just listen. There is a $5 general admission fee for non-members.
Facilitator: Howie Erickson author at howieerickson dot com

The Little Book Club for Writers

Next Meeting: May 8, 2017 @ Owl’s Nest Books 815A, 49th Ave SW | 7pm

Book: Tenth of December by George Saunders (specifically the story Victory Lap)

Short novels and short stories. Only five books per season. Meetings every other month. This is not your usual* book club. Each meeting of the LBCW will focus on a short work of literature that uniquely lends itself to a facilitated discussion focused on, but not limited to, the elements of style & craft. Structure, theme, characterization, dialogue, setting/world building, voice, narrative mode etc. Anyone with a love of brief reads and an interest in the craft is welcome.
Owl’s Nest Books is pleased to offer a 10% discount on all LBCW selections.
Registration is appreciated but not required. Contact AWCS office at to register.
Any questions about the LBCW can be directed to:
Olyn Ozbick or Sarah Johnson
*Of course there will be wine and cookies. We’re not totally reinventing the wheel