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 was clearly our leader, not our writing teacher.  She was warm and engaging, drawing each member into the group with thoughtful prompts of varying length and intensity. These prompts brought up writing from deep within myself, and I was disappointed when the session was over. I look forward to writing with Laurie again!

Diane 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.