Grounded Writers

A 12-week program to recharge your writing life
May 16 – August 1, 2022
// Mondays 1:00 pm ET

“I can’t express the depth of how fondly I feel about this program.”

Heba Subeh-Hyder

Being a writer can be very lonely. It can be easy to give up on writing if we don’t have a community of writers supporting us, people who understand how difficult the journey can be — how much we are affected by self-doubt, how we struggle to call ourselves writers, how challenging it can be to keep going when we feel stuck.

What if you had a group of writers who supported you and lifted you up, who understood how difficult it can be to sustain a writing practice, but who also get that we don’t choose writing, writing chooses us. What could you accomplish?

Introducing, “Grounded Writers” an online program for Muslim writers.* Our community of wholehearted writers is supportive, generous, and giving. We celebrate each other’s accomplishments, share tips and resources, and help each other get to the heart of our struggles and find a way back to our writing. We genuinely show up for each other and care about your success.

“Hajera is an amazing mentor. I would recommend her to anyone, any day.”

Muslim Kids Book Nook

The Details

Grounded Writers is a 12-week program starting May 19, 2022. We meet on Zoom once a week on Mondays at 1:00pm ET. All sessions will be recorded.

Our weekly sessions alternate between:

  • Discussion sessions: In these sessions we begin with a journaling prompt and then checkin with everyone to see how our writing is going, address any struggles we’re facing, and see how we can support each other. We also discuss issues related to writing and publishing. 
  • Craft sessions: These workshop-style sessions will include discussion on a particular aspect of craft and how to apply it in our writing. You can bring a piece of writing to share if you’d like to receive feedback on it. 
  • Writing practice sessions: In these sessions, we will write together for one hour and use prompts to practice what we learnt in our craft sessions. You also have the option of working on your writing projects during this time.

Also included is access to the Grounded Writers Slack group for checkins, accountability, and sharing resources.

Grounded Writers runs for twelve weeks from May 16 – August 1, 2022.
The program fee is $495 CAD. Limited space available.

Registration closes Saturday, May 14 or until all spots have been filled.

Zoom sessions will take place on Mondays at 1:00pm ET. All sessions will be recorded.

My hope is that this program allows you to grow into the writer that you know you can be, and to do it alongside a group of writers who will cheer you on and offer support that is nourishing and fulfilling. Welcome to your writing community. I can’t wait for you to join us.

On a more personal note…

Grounded Writers started as a four-week spur-of-the-moment program that I put together because so many writers I’ve worked with individually have told me how lonely writing can be, and how difficult it can be to keep going without a support system in place. I’ve been writing for years myself, and I know that I thrive when I have a writing community to sustain me.

The first round of Grounded Writers ran for four weeks in March 2022. And it felt like coming home. We had enriching conversations around what it means to write with vulnerability, the risks that we take when we write authentically, the challenges of writing our stories and sharing our work in spaces that weren’t created for us, issues in Muslim literature, how to write about difficult topics, and so much more.

The Grounded Writers community was the writing family that I didn’t know I needed. I can’t wait to get started again and I look forward to welcoming you to our group.

*I want to ensure that we have a safe space to talk about writing and identity and issues specific to Muslim literature. If you are not Muslim and would like to participate in a program like this, please contact me. I may open up a general group if there is enough interest.  

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