WELCOME to 36 Words – freedom writing
Welcome to this Freedom practice of getting lots of ink on the page!
A practice of being fully human, fully imperfect, fully ourselves.
I offer in-person and online classes. See below.
- Patricia’s new book ” Story-telling Poems” (in Portuguese)
- Poet James Crews published one of Patrícia’s poems in his blog.
- We’re entering a creative space from November until January, to prepare 2024. But take a peak at our online activities for the last one of 2023 – Writing for Peace (in Portuguese)
Hello! My name is Patrícia and I love to write.
Writing has been part of my life for so long now. First as a teenager, then as a journalist, editorial coordinator, author and co-author, even as a mom!
At home we have two adorable dogs, we read stories and poetry, riddles, we make rhymes and tongue-twisters. These things I didn’t put on my resume, and there are several others… here (where you’ll find what I did put in the resume, too).
As the world becomes increasingly more complex we need practices that nourish us. Writing has been such a practice, especially since the pandemic in 2020 and having to stay at home with my kids. As the world now re-opens, the page is still a best friend, no matter what.
Without caring about what people might think of us, the page is ours alone. Friend, confident, it doesn’t judge us. We can all write in an honest and simple way, and create absolutely beautiful stories. In fact, the more we let go of the idea of “writing well”, the better we write. The path to beauty is not through perfection.
About freedom writing
Poetry has changed my life. In our Freedom Writing practice we begin with a poem to inspire us and open the doors of our minds. Then we use timed periods to write as quickly as possible, not allowing our critical mind to jump in and block us. We just follow our intuition and all we can hear and see is one word after another and we keep saying yes to the next word and to the next. We keep digging with the pen and with some luck we strike some place inside us that has been long waiting to tell us something. Are you brave enough to hear it? Are you brave enough to share it?
Yes, after writing, we do share what we wrote. This may seem very scary at first but in time you realize it’s a full part of the practice and its beauty. Especially because the group does not offer any comment or critique. We just listen to each other, we hold each other in safety, silence and appreciation. And we can learn so much with one another if we allow this openness and flow to take place.
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Oh, we’ve got to love technologies! It’s so easy to be together from different parts of the country (of the world even!)
Paper, pen and 15-minute periods of just writing non-stop, telling our stories, our themes, telling the world as we see it and feel it. By writing so quickly we bypass self-criticism and perfectionism, allowing intuition, flow, and lightness to surface.
You can keep the work to yourself as a quiet reflection or go ahead and share it with the world by shaping it into essays, blog posts, poems, articles, memoirs, novels, you name it!
Online classes with English and Portuguese options – see
here in which language is the next group.
The groups are small and intimate, with a max. of 8 people.
Yes, we write together in person 🙂
Sitting at the table, with pen and paper only, we make the writing even more powerful by being with other people. There’s just something magical in writing in the presence of others in a cozy family environment.
The groups are small and intimate, with a max. of 8 people.
See here which in-person activities are happening next.
Would you like to bring Wild Writing into your school? Write us an e-mail.
For 10th, 11th and 12th graders.
Classes for full-time moms
Do you have a group of moms who’d like to write together?
These classes focus especially on self-care and are a wonderful resource
to replenish yourself for having the toughest job on the planet.
Drop us an e-mail!
“I have been writing weekly over the past month with Freedom Writing facilitator Patricia Dias and have found the experience to be life-changing. I love the safe space Patricia holds for me to explore whatever wants
to be expressed onto the page. I have never considered myself a writer at all but through her gentle presence, I have enjoyed writing without pressure, and am often pleasantly surprised at the words that come. Patricia
chooses beautiful poetry to read and uses the pieces as inspiration. It is a such a soul nourishing activity to do and my life has become enriched because of it. I would highly recommend writing with Patricia if
you ever get the opportunity. It is a real gift.”
Gaye Mcphie, Participant of Freedom Writing Circle
“I did a workshop with Patricia in Lisbon. I was curious because I’d heard of freedom writing and thought I understood the concept. But I was very surprised by the subtle yet powerful way that the jump-off lines and poems
– carefully chosen – loosened the words on the page. Not only me, but those 10 people. Without any prior relationship, found themselves a little shy but reading aloud personal things, as if we were a group of friends,
but without any expectations, because there were no comments, just empathy.
I recommend you put aside all the things you think and expect from these sessions. Go and let yourself be surprised. Patricia’s kindness and patience will help you to find within you what needs to get out onto the page and into the world.
I carried a strange sense of relief with me over the days following the workshop.”
João Santos, Participant of Freedom Writing Workshop
“It was a quiet, calm and relaxing day. The venue was phenomenal and helped a lot to create the necessary environment.
The fact that it was not a very large group helped in the exchange of experiences and knowledge.
The writing activity was very interesting and liberating. The yoga activity was suited to my level of experience, which was great for me.
Meditation in the end was the best way to end the day.”
Bruna Ferreira, Participant of the Autumn 22 day-retreat
“The day-retreat was: reinvigorating energies, awakening memories, awakening of emotions”
Ana Maria, Participant of the Autumn 22 day-retreat
“It was an invitation to connect with myself”
Helena Sequeira, Participant of the Autumn 22 day-retreat
“The day-retreat felt really good, and it sharpened my appetite for wild writing. Very liberating. Much generosity from Patricia, who particularly touched me”
Beatriz Luz , Participant of the Autumn 22 day-retreat
“I found the retreat wonderful. Thank you for the day of rest, disconnected from the outside, it was very gratifying. Now here at home we’re going to have a day without phone too. Thank you”
Sandra Pereira, Participant of the Autumn 22 day-retreat
“It was an amazing day. The venue was wonderful and with a fantastic energy.
Patricia and her husband, in their simplicity, welcomed us and managed all the dynamics in a grandiose way, in an example of extraordinary humanism, availability and generosity. I am very grateful for the day I shared with you.”
Margarida Vicente, Participant of the Autumn 22 day-retreat