Episode 172- The Intuitive Writing Project

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Our guest is Elizabeth Perlman, founder of The Intuitive Writing Project.

The Intuitive Writer Project is designed for girls between 14 and 19. Through the transformative process of writing their stories and having their voices heard, we help young women to better access, trust, and rely upon their own intuitive wisdom. This cultivates self-knowledge, self-esteem, emotional intelligence, critical thinking skills, creative problem-solving skills, and a sense of personal leadership—the courage to plot their own course and make new things possible. By graduation, each girl emerges with not only an exceptional writing portfolio but also a greater awareness of who she is, what she stands for, and what she wants to create in life, both for herself and the world.

At the Intuitive Writing Project, we believe that each person is the expert and authority of their own individual experience. We also believe that—in the places we have been divided from ourselves, shut down or split apart—there are ways of reconnecting, ways of remembering who we really are. We believe that writing is one of the ways.

In this time of tectonic change, intuitive self-trust is the revolution, a revolution in creativity and personal power. At the Intuitive Writing Project, we want to help launch self-trust as a movement, to galvanize all people—of every age and gender—to look within their own hearts and trust their own intuition.

“I am a writer. For me, writing is breathing. I simply cannot exist without it.

I am also an ardent advocate for All Things Imaginative and Immeasurable.

I got my BA in Media Arts and Film before completing the Art Direction program at the Portfolio Center. I am an ordained Interfaith Minister and a AWA/Amherst Writers Group Leader. For over ten years, I worked in advertising. Most recently, I earned my Master’s in Transformative Arts.

Through it all (and despite many unexpected detours) my intention has always been the same—to tell stories that matter.

I was inspired to create the Intuitive Writing Project based on what I wanted and needed when I was a teen. Although I first wrote down the idea for this program fifteen years ago, it’s taken a lifetime

to actually step forward and “declare what I know to be true.” I will be the first to admit that I am a great, big scaredy-cat. And yet, even my fear of speaking up is still less than the pain of remaining silent. Today, our curriculum is the synthesis of all I learned from my own reclamation process.

Truly, our struggles become our service.

Ever since I was ten years old, I’ve kept a journal. As a teenager, I wrote for hours. And every night, in the space between those thin blue lines, I found my own voice. It was writing that saved me. It is still saving me. But my story isn’t that different from anyone else’s. Every girl is on the same quest, the same “heroine’s journey” toward her own unique Truth.

I believe that human beings are both deeply wise and profoundly heroic, but we usually can’t see it.

Usually, we need some kind of evidence. The Intuitive Writing Project is designed to illuminate the evidence, to support girls in seeing their brilliance and telling their story.

I dream of a world in which every girl is raised to know her value, assert her strengths, and trust her intuition. For me, there is no greater happiness than to hear the stories of the girls we serve.

And for girls today, their story has only just begun!”

Contact Elizabeth: elizabeth@intuitivewritingproject.org


Are you stuck in your work? Play. Keep toys around, just in case. Or even a musical instrument. I have a slinky, juggling cubes and a ukulele. All of which are quick, easy imaginative breaks that don’t cost any more money, don’t involve Bourbon and can be done for just a few minutes. Set up your play. Write what it feels like to play with your toys.

Tortured Sentences:

Photo caption in the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press] Like the family barn, Harold Wright’s car is still going strong after 285,000 miles.

Word of the Week:

From Arlene Miller – our guest in March 2014

And author of the new The Best Grammar Workbook Ever

This is from Arlene’s Miller’s Weird and Wonderful Words Series found on her blog http://bigwords101.com/

viripotent – Fit for a husband; marriageable

Shout Out!

To Catharine’s BFF Lester – who is taking her to New York City next week!

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