The Story of PW

There are several ways to begin Proprioceptive Writing® (PW). The book, Writing the Mind Alive, The Proprioceptive Method for Finding your Authentic Voice, serves as an introduction to PW and as an invaluable resource to help you sustain your practice. You can read more about the book and order it from Amazon here.

The PW Center offers 5-day and weekend PW immersions as well as series of conference calls to help you begin and support your practice. You can read about both these options below.


5-day and weekend Proprioceptive Writing® (PW) immersions allow you to practice PW in a circle of others while you experience the proprioceptive method through the teaching of Linda Trichter Metcalf and PWC faculty. Immersions are offered in various locations across the country through the PW Center as well as through educational institutions and retreat centers such as Kripalu and Esalen.

Read more about upcoming immersions here.

Online and By Phone

Exploring The Basics of Proprioceptive Writing

A six-week series of conference calls in consultation with a PW teacher. Private, semi-private or small group.

This series is for anyone wishing to establish and sustain a PW practice. In conference calls, you and your PW teacher explore elements of the proprioceptive method through the lens of your Writes (the texts that result from your PW sessions). In response to your Writes, your PW teacher stimulates inquiry into your thinking.

Students are encouraged to have 3-5 Writes weekly. They email one of these Writes to their PW teacher in advance of each weekly conference call. Calls run from 30 – 90 minutes depending on the number of participants.

Small-group sessions in Exploring the Basics are offered on an ongoing schedule. You can see the current offering in STORE or contact us to find out when the next series is being offered. In these sessions, practitioners gain the benefits of a weekly PW teaching in a small gathering on the phone. In each session you read your Write and listen to others read theirs. There is as much to learn from hearing others' Writes and your teacher's response to those Writes as their is from your own.

If you cannot take this course at the time it is being offered, you may arrange for private sesisons or we may be able to create a small group call at a time that works better for you. Contact the PWC to schedule.



12 Weeks of Personal Practice

This series is an opportunity to deepen into PW and make it your own with the support and structure a PW teacher provides. As you relax into the practice and write your thoughts as they come to you, your life concerns announce themselves. Your PW teacher helps you identify these themes and engage them imaginatively through the strategic use of the Proprioceptive Question (the mantra-like question integral to the proprioceptive method).

Participants have 4-6 Writes each week for 12 consecutive weeks. They post all their Writes to a class board and bring one to the weekly conference call. This three-month practice period gives students time to experience the proprioceptive method and its long-range effects for themselves.

Some experience with PW in a teaching situation is recommended, either having attended an immersion or at least 2 rounds of Exploring the Basics (see above).

This series is offered as private, semi-private, and small group sessions.



Delving into Writing the Mind Alive, The Proprioceptive Method for Finding your Authentic Voice

A twelve-week series of conference calls with a PW teacher. Private, semi-private, or small group.
For those who have had some experience with PW, having attended either an Immersion with Linda or another PW Teacher, or having taken at least 1 round of Exploring the Basics.

In this series, your PW teacher discusses key concepts in Writing the Mind Alive, the Proprioceptive Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice, the basic PW text co-authored by Linda Trichter Metcalf and Tobin Simon. To help you relate these concepts to yourself and begin to think with them, your PW teacher suggests passages from Writing The Mind Alive for you to explore through guided Writes.

Unlike regular Writes, guided Writes require that you allow your attention to be guided by your subject matter.

Students are encouraged to have at least 3 guided Writes weekly. They post one or two of these to the class board in advance of each week’s conference call.