I’m doing an all new HERshop in Santa Fe, NM on the weekend of October 21st & 22nd. plus we’ll be doing a reading from SHADES OF BLUE (with Kathryn Rountree, and a few other women).
the theme of this HERshop is BEING HEARD – we want all women to know that their voices – their stories – matter.
we’re also going to be creating a book in the near future: HERwords, with chosen essays from each of our HERshops.
we want all women to awaken to their greatness.
we want all women to stand tall.
we want all women to release the stories that keep them from fully engaging in the world.
we want all women to wear their scars like stardust.
— Amy Ferris
Hey Portland, there are only a couple spots left for Amy Ferris HERshop next month! She doesn’t usually come to the PDX so you don’t want to miss this opportunity.
September 24th & 25th, and we’re almost full-up.
HERshops: Our stories, woven together, are who we are and what we become. Long after we leave this world our stories will remain. When write our stories – and share them out-loud – we not only lift our own lives, we lift others as well. Telling our stories – confronting our truths, our fear, our anger, our shame – takes huge courage. Examining these truths lead to change.
When we write our stories, we very often right our lives
HERshops with Amy Ferris
Comes to Portland
Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25, 2016
HERshops are limited to a small group to allow for individual time and attention. Bring your note pads or laptops, whichever you prefer, but most importantly, bring your stories. We know you have one. For more information go to
i know imperfection
i know mistakes
i know fierce & mighty
i know heartache & heartbroken
i know misogyny
i know lies
i know scars
i know verbal abuse
i know standing up
i know standing for
i know standing with
i know shame
i know courage
i know brave
i know loss
i know self-worth
i know self-doubt
i know a fighting spirit
i know determination
i know choices
i know defeat
i know victory
i know that woman
by Amy Ferris
I found the HERshop an amazing experience with a group of very inspiring women. I was both humbled and in awe of the extraordinary group of women who shared such intimate, and their honest ‘truths’. Jody, Katie and Amy have created an incredible safe environment for such honestly to be brought forth. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this magical experience! — Melissa A., Los Angeles, CA
I cannot recommend the HERshop with Amy Ferris strongly enough. I attended the workshops on the Big Island and was blown away. It was so much more than I could have imagined, and I have continued to write furiously since (I’m calling it the “afterburner Amy effect.”). I have been writing for years, even have an MFA in Creative Writing, but I had a few “blocks”–about putting my writing out there, about not feeling my …work was “good enough,” about making time to honor my creative side.
And here’s what I’ll tell you: Something amazing happened over the course of the weekend. I have made a transformation that is nothing short of amazing. In the way the workshop is structured, the writing prompts, the sharing and community building we did in the groups helped me see myself more clearly. The workshops helped me articulate for myself what I wanted to do as a writer and creative person… and gave me the courage to actually do it.
As a college writing instructor, I can also say how much I appreciate the pedagogical approach to Amy’s workshops. She balances thinking, writing, and sharing to make the most of time. She also encourages a type of community in the workshop that is welcoming to all. You might even consider bringing a relative or friend. I did the workshops with my mother and my daughter. What a wonderful experience.
Can’t rave enough. Just go! You’ll thank me later!
— Piper S.
DEFINITION: a completely made up word pertaining to an intimate group of (say, 10 or 15) women who aren’t necessarily writers, but who have something very important to say. who want to use their voice. who want to be heard. who believe the pen is mightier & much, much sexier than the sword. who have a story they want to share with a couple of women and maybe even the world. whether it’s to start or finish a book/memoir/novel, begin a play or musical, write a sc…reenplay or tv series & sell it for a bundle of dough, create/start a personal blog, or write a long overdue dear john/jane letter, or even a thank-you note. HERShops are about writing/righting your life. taking that big, gigantic, scary, amazing, awesome creative leap of faith along with other amazing, gorgeous & very cool women.