“Learning to teach PW has had a profound effect on every aspect of my life.”              

-Anne Bright

Anyone who has read Writing the Mind Alive can host a group and introduce Proprioceptive Writing to others, (specific guidelines for doing so are given starting on page 164), but entering another’s consciousness by responding to her/his Writes in full, without additions or distortions, requires careful study and training in this simple yet radical approach to understanding consciousness.

This is the path toward understanding the Art of Teaching PW.


I Attending Immersions

Those wishing to teach PW are encouraged to attend as many Immersions as they can. Immersions give you a chance to do your own work while hearing Linda teach. Plan on attending at least three 5-day Immersions – one near the beginning of your teacher training, another in the middle of the training, and one at the completion of your apprenticeship.

Apprentice Teachers are eligible to receive a discount on Immersions in exchange for the opportunity to assist at the retreat.

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II Getting Started

The Art of Teaching PW begins with attention to one’s own practice. Those wishing to teach PW take at least two consecutive rounds of Exploring The Basics Of PW during which they have at least 5 Writes each week. The centerpiece of PW is the exploration of one’s own consciousness through Writes. Through your PW practice you learn to focus attention, expand your expressive/reflective capacities, and develop confidence in the inherent creativity of your mind.

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III Digging In

The five courses listed under Exploring Assumptions Through The Guided Write, explore the intellectual underpinnings of PW practice and help you apply these ideas. You grapple with these concepts and principles by investigating their personal meaning to you through Guided Writes, and in this way make them your own. Those who wish to go on to the next phase of the teaching program have at least 3-5 Guided Writes per week during each six week session.

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IV The Art of Teaching PW

This phase of the program is focused on entering another’s consciousness by responding to her/his Writes in full, without additions or distortions.

Studying Writes Through Guided Writes

Begins the Week of August 17. Contact the PWC to Pre-Register

The Write is an entry into consciousness. It’s an oral document (something that may be vocalized or heard in imagination) as well as a written one (something that may be reread). You “study” it by imagining yourself listening to it and making sense of what you’re hearing as you read it.  You ask yourself, what is this person thinking about and how is she thinking about it? From what perspective? You search the Write for answers to how it feels to the writer to think these thoughts. You tap your own mind for reactions and associations to the Write, to your own stories and/or feelings the Write connects to. How does it make you feel? What thoughts of your own does it arouse? You observe patterns of thought-flow. You apply information of “the 4 final questions” to the body of the Write. You seek out differences between your imagined hearing of the Write and the Write itself.

Many PW practitioners have volunteered their Writes for purposes of PW study. Your PW teacher presents anonymous selections from this collection. You approach them from Guided Writes of your own. Discussion follows.

This work takes place over 2 six-week sessions privately or in small groups.

Using Writing the Mind Alive as a Tool for Teaching

Together with a PW teacher, you’ll look specifically at the Writes in Writing the Mind Alive, the basic PW text, and learn how to use those Writes, along with other ideas in the book, to help you teach PW to your students.

This work takes place over 2 six-week sessions privately or in small groups.

V Apprentice Teaching

Apprentices teach Exploring The Basics of PW in consultation with Linda and PWC Senior Faculty. Prior to each session, you conduct a close consideration of your student’s Writes through Guided Writes of your own. Bringing your Guided Writes to a weekly session with your teacher, you discuss the Writes and establish teaching intentions for each of your teaching sessions including ideas to emphasize and places to point to in your student’s Writes.  Based on this discussion, you sketch out a teaching script for the session with your student.

There is no charge for the apprenticeship. Fees paid by the student go to the PWC.

Apprentice teachers are also encouraged to hold PW classes where they live in order to experience teaching groups in consultation with PW faculty.