The Writing Sangha
from Sanskrit saṃgha ‘community.’
The Writing Sangha brings together a group of mindful women, dedicated to finding their own voices as steps toward starting a bigger & louder feminist dialogue. By using Buddhist meditation principles as tools for writing memoir, these women commit themselves and one another to remaining open, honest, and clear-sighted in their work, even when – especially when – the material gets dark and heavy. Never passing judgment, the Sangha encourages its members through compassion, recognizing the raw beauty in stories that have been too long silenced.
About the Writer
Chelsey Everest is a creative writer and teacher from Portland, Maine. She moved to Philadelphia in 2013 in search of a new start. Since then she’s waitressed, bartended, and freelanced her way through living “down the Shore,” graduating with her MFA, getting published (twice), and getting married. She’s now the founding Project Director of The Writing Sangha, as well as the Executive Director of The Common Room. She is working on her first book about the premise of the workshop so that it can be replicated by women around the country. She has also completed a feminist chapbook of poetry.
“Women’s March,” Such an Ugly Time, Rat’s Ass Review, 2017
“Write It Down,” Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It, Riverhead Books, 2016
While workshops can vary in length in duration, The Writing Sangha is currently taking place monthly at The Common Room for two-hour sessions. No prior knowledge of meditation or creative writing is required. Participants will be provided with all necessary materials, and introduced to meditative writing practice.
On occasion, we also conduct lectures, seminars, and presentations for customized offerings. Please contact us for more information.