Writing will change your life.
This workshop is designed to tell you why and show you how.
Field Notes is a workshop in writing to see—writing to see yourself, to see God, to see your place in a bigger story. During this self-paced online experience, you’ll learn how to use writing as a tool for processing your ideas, struggles, experiences, questions, and circumstances. You’ll practice looking for God in your writing and through your writing, and you’ll witness writing’s power to bring peace, understanding, and direction.
Field Notes isn't simply a series of lectures (although teaching is an important part of the process). It's hands on. As you make your way through the content you'll watch videos, answer reflection questions and devote time to thoughtful writing.
Field Notes will include four sessions, each session comprised of two or three ten(ish) minute videos, reflection questions, and writing prompts.
- Write to See--In this session we'll focus on writing's ability to focus our attention and open our eyes. We'll discuss why this skill is so important and how to make it happen on a daily basis.
- Write to Discern--Discerning is figuring stuff out. During this session we'll zero in on using writing to understand, to untie the knots in our hearts and brains.
- Write to Remember--One of writing's most powerful uses is capturing the present for use in the future. In this session we'll discuss how much God prizes the act of remembering, why it's so helpful in charting your futures, and how to make it a regular part of your life.
- Write to Share--Stories exist to be shared. This session will focus on sharing what you've witnessed in your walk with God, including thoughts on being wise with what and how you choose to share.
LOOKING FOR ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTION?
For $29 more you can schedule a 45 minute conversation (via online chat) with me (Jennifer Gerhardt) about whatever aspect of the workshop you'd like to discuss further. I'll offer writing advice, critique your work, answer questions or do my best to help you through something hard. Whatever it is you need.
If you're interested, sign up QUICKLY. I'm offering 10 (and only 10) spots.
*Be sure to select the "One on One Instruction" option at check out.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
I'm not sure why I signed up for Field Notes (other than I knew Jennifer was teaching it). I don't blog, and I've never written much of anything outside of class assignments. I don't even journal. In spite of not being a writer, I learned so much. The primary lesson that I have applied already is using writing to organize and process my thoughts. Jennifer taught in such practical terms about "catching" a thought and getting it down on paper so you can work through it, look back on it, and in time see both where you are going and where you have been. Getting it down on paper has been mentally and emotionally freeing. I am proof that you truly do not have to be a "writer" to benefit hugely from this course. [Mandy O.]
Field Notes: Nashville is one of the top 5 things I did for myself this year. Field Notes filled up my spirit with wise, hard questions about when I write, for whom I write, and why I must write to my God first before I write for anyone else. Jennifer talked about the concept of living a life that is seeking God everywhere, and reminded us that writing is one powerful way to whip out the binoculars, to have "eyes to see." Thanks to Field Notes, I'm writing more, blogging less, and slowly training my eyes to see. [Bethany W.]
Field Notes was hands-down one of my favorite workshops ever! I walked into the day feeling like I had too much on my plate to even be there and walked out feeling near weightless. You don't have to be a writer to enjoy this uplifting time spent in your own memories, thoughts, joys and fears. Field Notes changed me. It changed the way I think about my day to day and it changed the way I see the world around me. [Jodi P.]
I can't really tell you how wonderful Field Notes was and how much I needed something like that. Your ability to transport people to a place where the possibility of working through knots exists while also bringing them closer to God is an extremely specific and rare gift and I was so blessed to be a part of it. Thank you so, so, so much and I can't wait to be a part of the next one! [Erin G.]
Jennifer's excitement for writing and sharing where she sees The Lord working and moving is contagious! Her love and passion spill out onto you, and you can't help but be excited to start journaling all the ways you see God stirring! Whether you desire skills for personal journaling or larger scale blogging, Jennifer gives great advice on all things writing! She is so encouraging and honest and real and fun! So, of course, her Field Notes workshop was awesome! [Harmony H]
I attended Field Notes because I've always enjoyed writing and have had people compliment the things I have written. People have encouraged me to keep writing throughout my life so I went to Field Notes hoping to gain some insight.
What I got was the incentive to write for myself and for God. I learned how writing can be intensely spiritual and realized that the things I write are the things in my heart. Jennifer encourages writing to see God and I've now learned that writing about God helps to write His story into your heart. [Abby H.]
Jennifer's workshop gave me some new insights for my own writing practice--organizing thoughts, expanding descriptions. Some new methods to cultivate discipline for the practice. Field Notes also helped me become more comfortable with claiming historical research and storytelling as my ministry. Since taking the class, I've agreed to write two Church-related entries for the Nashville Encyclopedia, due for publishing in 2016. Jennifer's heart for God's daily work in our lives is strong and good, and inspires others. You will be blessed by your time with her. [Erin A.]
ABOUT THE CREATOR:
Hi! I'm Jennifer Gerhardt.I've been writing and teaching writing professionally for the past ten years. I've spent most of my working life leading people into more meaningful relationships with God.
I created Field Notes because I'm certain the process of writing can transform the way you understand and relate to your Father. I truly hope you're blessed by it.
What if I don't like it and want my money back?
Send me an email and I'll be happy to give you a full refund. Field Notes is meant to be helpful. If it's not helpful, it's not doing what it was made to do.
I'm not a writer; would I still benefit from this?
Absolutely. While Field Notes involves a lot of writing, you don't actually have to be any good at writing to get a lot out of it. My goal isn't to make you a better writer but to use writing to make you a better human. Having said that, if you hate the act of writing, Field Notes will probably be terrible for you. #honesty
Is it okay to share this once I've purchased it?
Actually, no. Please don't share your password with others. If you know someone who would love Field Notes but who can't afford it, message me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll work something out.
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