Proprioceptive Writing Center Faculty work closely with Dr. Linda Trichter Metcalf, PW’s founder and author, along with Dr. Simon, of Writing the Mind Alive, The Proprioceptive Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice.
Anne Bright is the director of the Proprioceptive Writing Center, Southeast. She has been a student and teacher of Proprioceptive Writing for over 20 years.
Anne had her first Write in 1993. She entered the Proprioceptive Writing (PW) Teacher Training Program in 1995 and repeated it in 2005. Over the past 15 years, Anne has taught extensively in the context of an ongoing apprenticeship with Dr. Metcalf. Her apprenticeship has included hundreds of hours of analyzing students’ Writes with Linda, continued participation in and teaching classes through the PW Center, attending and assisting at PW Immersions, as well as consulting with Linda as they cultivated the PW curriculum together.
Anne says, “Through the practice of Proprioceptive Writing, I learned how to think in a new way. When I stumbled onto PW, I was caught in a tumult of conflicting thoughts and feelings. Through PW, I learned how to recognize and begin to unpack the various strands of the tangled logic of my psyche. Learning to express and reflect in the particular way the practice of PW engenders helped me reconnect with my native intelligence and begin to utilize it. My consciousness continues to be altered by this practice, and its effects radiate into every aspect of my life.”
Anne holds a BA in English Literature from Kenyon College and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College, training which provided her with an excellent background for understanding the Write as a text. She also holds certifications in EFM and Godly Play from the University of the South, Sewanee. As well as teaching PW, Anne has written fiction and essays for newspapers and magazines and has performed as a storyteller for both children and adults.
Ann Munroe Mullen lives and teaches Proprioceptive Writing (PW) in the Adirondack Mountain region of New York State. She retired in 2008 from a corporate position in which she was responsible for minority-owned, women-owned and small business development. She is passionately interested in the history of excluded peoples, and has a history degree from Rutgers University. In addition to teaching PW in Saranac Lake, NY, she also teaches in the Lake Wales, FL area in the winter months.
Ann says, “I was first introduced to Proprioceptive Writing in 1991 at a five day retreat at Omega Institute. I was struggling with the loss of a long-term relationship and I experienced a great deal of solace as I wrote about this loss. By the end of the retreat, I felt clearer about my feelings than I had in months. I maintained a practice for a few years, but then life took over and I lost touch with PW.
However, I never forgot PW, and I always intended to return to it some day. When I retired in 2008, I restarted a PW practice. I studied with Linda Trichter Metcalf for the next year, and was certified to teach PW in 2009. I’m a volunteer for the Proprioceptive Writing Center and on its board, and as well, I’m active in our local Ecumenical Council’s effort to provide shelter for the homeless. I have an active writing life.
PW has made a huge difference in my life. I cannot imagine returning to my previous relationship with my thinking – a sort of hit-or-miss engagement with my thoughts and feelings. It’s made all the difference in my life.”