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Upcoming Workshops & Classes 

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writing from the womb (wfw)

9 WEEK WORKSHOP SERIES

October 24th-December 19th, 2021

WFW is a workshop series designed to push writers to connect to the heart of their story. WFW focuses on your writing goals, setting clear intentions and hard deadlines. Using writing prompts and lectures on craft Alicia gently pushes you to dive deeper, dig, and really live inside of your story. The womb is a sacred place. The womb is the place where we conceive and give birth to an idea, a dream, a song or a story. The womb is where the heart of our story resides and where we hold our truths and together we will write from this place. It is her privilege to be your Writing Midwife! For writers at all levels / Cross genres (This workshop is inclusive of all genders and open to the public). 

  • Consultas, Registros and Divination
    Time is TBD
    Online
  • Healing Anti-Blackness
    Time is TBD
    Online Event
    Time is TBD
    Online Event
  • Write the FCKING Story
    Every Day!
    Online Event
    Every Day!
    Online Event
  • WFW Free Intro
    Sun, Oct 10
    Zoom
    Oct 10, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Zoom
    Join us for a FREE INTRO SESSION to Writing from the Womb. Come ready to write. Come ready to share. Come ready to meet your writing goals.

Reviews from Students & Clients

~ Dr. JT ~ “I gained a connection to myself and my writing by Alicia’s incredible ability to teach, guide and inspire with her presence, insight and skill. What I will take from this experience… I will take a renewed passion for both reading and writing from a place of connectedness and sensitivity. I learned to connect to the reader and “take them there.” I enjoyed Alicia’s spirit and non-judgmental accountability. I would absolutely recommend Alicia because she is a compassionate professional and extremely connected writing coach."

 

~ C.I. ~ “The confidence and motivation I have gained from this workshop is priceless! Still today, a week later, I feel the same fire I did on our last meeting– the day we all pressed send to our very first submission for publication ever! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU for bringing this fearlessness out of me! I am eternally grateful for your love, commitment and guidance. I would definitely recommend this workshop to other writers because it gave me the ammunition I so needed in order to move past that stage of paralysis I was so consumed by, and for so long. It is something all of us go through when we first discover what we were put on this earth to do. It’s just scary! And in this workshop, you helped many of us shake off that fear. I really enjoyed the warm environment you created for us. The bond of sisterhood that you nurtured by always leading by example. I enjoyed the way you cared for us and embraced us in all of our vulnerabilities, through laughter and tears. I especially loved the way you wholeheartedly believed in us, and in turn made US believe in ourselves!”

 

 

~ Dr. CTB ~“Alicia, you are an extremely gifted instructor. You have the ability to steer the writer into directions that they would not have otherwise delved into because of your use of your instincts and what you know to be the best direction to go. This was by far the best Writing from the Womb workshop that I have attended thus far. The use of the articles weekly helped hone in the elements of writing and on the craft. In addition, every week we had more than enough time to focus on the writing so that we left each session feeling accomplished. I really enjoyed the community that was built in such a short period of time. The way in which the workshop was done gave an opportunity for everyone to focus on each other’s writing in an intentional, focused way. Having each writer read the work of the other and commenting on the spot helped each of us honor our immediate reactions while being able to give immediate feedback. You are a phenomenal woman with so much talent. You pour into your writers selflessly.” 

~ Cindy Bautista Thomas~“I have gained a solid understanding for how to write fiction and what makes a good story from a writer’s perspective. In my freshman year of college, I took a creative writing class which covered the basics of story and conflict. WFW gave me a real understanding of character development and what it means to raise the stakes for your character. I also have become more skilled in reading like a writer. What I am taking from the experience is regaining my confidence as a writer and knowing that I can write in different genres and go beyond self-imposed limitations! I am leaving WFW with the inner knowing that my path in life is the path of a writer. It was affirming to be surrounded by serious writers, powerful sisters engaged in the brave act of telling the stories that haven’t been told. As a woman of color this is very important. I gained valuable information on grants and opportunities, training and coaching in applying and hitting SEND! I also gained new friendships, writing partners, cheerleaders, an amazing midwife (Alicia Anabel Santos) and a connection to a strong community! I’m grateful to my WFW group and other sister writers I’ve met in the New York Latina Writers group. I would recommend WFW to any writer who is committed to developing herself and her craft. I trust Alicia Anabel’s ability to guide and nurture any writer, at any stage of her writing.  Academia would have us believe that one can earn a PhD in writing but at the end of the day, it comes down to you and the page and the choice to be vulnerable and sometimes that takes trusting another writer to give you that push. Alicia Anabel Santos is the Writing Midwife and I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity to write alongside her. I enjoyed the readings, the conversations, the writing prompts, using google docs in a way I haven’t before! And I loved the last class and the intensity, and excitement of hitting send together on the Eve of the Winter Solstice! Ooooo! Scary scary... And exhilarating!” 

~ Tawana Thompson~“I gained the ability to start my story, and the confidence to know that I could continue to tell, and complete it. I loved the props, paintings and music. Sometimes I forget to use these tools. I also like the soft and hard scenes! I think all of the material was helpful. I think the first week was my least favorite because I realized how emotionally heavy writing my story would be. I think the way the workshop builds upon itself is wonderful. WFW has given me a different outlook on my writing and creativity. In this class I got in touch with the most painful memories, but my humor shined as well, and that helped me move pass the painful stories that needed to be told. Thank you so much for creating this beautiful space. It was no coincidence that I noticed you were going live that day. It was clear to me that it was time to commit myself to writing this story. I knew you would help me push through it lovingly, consistently, and would hold me to showing up for my writing and myself. There are no words to express what taking this course has given back to me on an emotional, mental, and spiritual level. 

~ F.V.R.~“I was able to reclaim the voice that prevented me from writing. You have been my source of inspiration, who have guided my practice in writing, especially when I thought that I had lost my voice. It is with your support, that I have been able to reclaim my voice.”

~ Dr. Priscila Pender~“What I gained from this workshop is confidence that there is a space for me in the writing world. I would love a Writing from the Womb retreat or conference. WFW has given me the freedom to share my work in a safe space whose sole purpose is to nurture and support not only my writing but me as a writer. Seasoned and novice writers have something to gain by participating in WFW as the opportunity to grow is abundant in this workshop. I am grateful to have been a part of such an amazing process...9 weeks flew by but the magic created is eternal. "Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up." James Baldwin had you in mind when he wrote those words. Your love of writing has led you to this very moment in your life. An advocate, activist, community educator, mother, lover, mid-wife and friend. Each role you play, each hat you wear is what is wanted and needed in this world right now. You do it with such love that it never feels like work but merely an extension of your Soul. Keep sharing your Soul with the world. Keep being YOU.”  

~ Rafael~ “I gained more confidence in my writing, I gained the feeling that we are a continuity and I am not by myself. WFW gives me inspiration. makes me proud of my community of writers and gives me hope in humanity. I loved her. She is amazing and a human being full of love.” 

~ Vero~ “I gained a community of writers who were in the same stage of the creative process as me. Confidence to just write the fucking story. It doesn't have to be the right one, in the perfect genre with the best point of view. It just needs to be written. The confidence to write the fucking story and the confidence to write our story, regardless of who it's about. Also, confidence in myself beyond the writing. Alicia has a huge heart and she made me feel seen and hopeful about my creative future.”

~ Sarah~ “I gained confidence in my writing a sense of community in this art form and inspiration from all of my cohorts. I loved the articles that we had to read weekly because it highlighted both the struggles of writers as well as different works. Which always reminded us that we didn’t have to limit ourselves in a specific genre. WFW has given me the confidence to continue writing, and attempt to capture a moment in time. I realized that through this medium both the author and the reader can grow from a piece that can be both cathartic and beautiful.”

~ Zo~ “Oh man, this workshop changed my life. I gained a community, strength, courage, validation, acceptance, inspiration, incredible new ideas, prompts, guidance, and the structure I desperately needed. I am so grateful for this group, every single workshop helped me get closer to my goal and fine tune the story I'm trying to tell. I didn't even know I had a story I needed to write, but I do, and now I know exactly how to tell it, because of this class. The structure, lessons and materials really helped refine my writing. overall fantastic. my only recommendation is can we do this forever???”

~ Anonymous Writer ~ “Writing from the womb has given me a home. I walked into a room full of strangers with no plans, no hopes, no expectations, and no direction and I emerged 9 weeks later with half purpose, drive, confidence, and 20 pages of a manuscript. Writing from the womb is a workshop like no other. Not only was it insightful, educational, and helpful for my writing and storytelling skills, it helped me grow overall as a person as well. I walked in unaware I had a story to tell in the first place, but by the end of the class it became my life's purpose to embrace and explore all that I am and could be, and to allow myself to speak. Writing from the womb gave me the safety, security, and support to write honestly, and the feedback, tools, and skills to write it well. It is so much more than a class, it's a community of incredible, inspiring writers that have become my family. It's a safe space to exist as you are with the tools, support, encouragement, and inspiration to push you to grow - as a writer and as a person. 5 stars. I fucking loved this class.”

~ Anonymous Writer ~ “Omg Alicia. Where do I begin... To say this class was life-changing is an understatement. I genuinely have never in my life felt so seen, so supported, so understood, so loved, and so safe while also being encouraged and pushed to grow and move out of my comfort zone. I am so grateful for this class, and especially for you, because you've inspired me to chase dreams I didn't even know I had, to embrace myself, to love and accept myself, and to be unafraid to say what I've known in my heart my whole life - I AM a writer! I really believe it was fate that brought me to your class. As you know, I'd came out to my parents a couple of months before, and then the world fell apart for my family. I was riddled with shame and guilt over my sexuality and just was absolutely lost when BAM - I join the workshop of a queer Dominican woman, and that absolutely changed my life. You taught me to accept and embrace myself, to stand up for myself, and to acknowledge and validate myself, just by being you. I cannot tell you how much it means to have had you as a midwife - you showed me that I can grow up to be a proud Dominican woman in my own way, that I don't have to be like Mami and my tias and everyone I've known my whole life, I can stand in my truth and in my queerness without fear or shame that that somehow makes me shameful to my family and my culture. That I can be spiritual AND queer AND ratchet when I want AND a mother AND a writer. I am so inspired by you, I cannot even begin to put it in to words. Thank you so much for everything that you do. You are my role model and I am so blessed to have been touched by your light. Please keep me in mind for the future, anything you do I'm there. I love you so much!”

~ Wanda