Pocket Writes offers writing groups for beginners, experienced writers … or anyone who wants to unlock memory or imagination. Participants write using carefully crafted prompts for inspiration and are offered an opportunity to share their writing in a safe, judgement-free setting. Pocket Writes writing groups are centered around the Amherst Writers & Artists method, a proven workshop method founded on the belief that everyone is a writer.

At the end of the writing group, each writer will have several responses collected. Writers can continue to develop this “fresh writing” if they choose … or they might find that the creative act of writing in the workshop is enough for now.

Pocket Writes offers writing opportunities in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Laurie has a bottomless pocket full of whimsical and provocative writing prompts, as well as smart, insightful responses to the writing she inspires. Her warm, gentle, fun-loving nature is welcoming and disarming, and her style of leading really encourages the group to let loose and get the words flowing in exciting and surprising ways.

Leslie F.

Laurie’s reassuring and kind demeanor was a tonic in this hectic world. She is a natural. Her focused, careful listening to my writing was a real gift. She created a supportive environment where I felt my writing truly mattered. I loved writing with writers from all different backgrounds and levels of experience with her. I would love to be in her workshop every week!

Jenipher S-R.