Embarking on Julia Fehrenbacher's writing classes has been a thrilling journey of self-discovery and growth. Julia's warm and welcoming teaching style transforms poetry into a vessel for personal exploration. These classes are a haven for genuine connections—to yourself and other women—and have allowed me to embrace a kinder and more self-compassionate writing practice. (As I write, I can hear Julia's voice saying: Keep your hand moving. To receive, to allow. To let it be messy. To let it be free. Keep your hand moving.)
"The class inspired me to write every day and I have continued to write after the class series ended. Julia was supportive, interested, encouraging and engaged with everyone in the class. At the beginning of the class I felt vulnerable and anxious about sharing my writing with others. But Julia did a wonderful job of making me feel supported. Julia was supportive, interested, encouraging and engaged with everyone in the class. There was a warm and supportive atmosphere in the class which made me feel more comfortable and less nervous. I still felt vulnerable but my writing was validated and it was a valuable experience."
"Julia creates such a safe and positive space in her Write Yourself Free classes. My writing in daily life is limited to far too many work emails, so Julia’s class has been a revelation. Her thought-provoking writing prompts and complete acceptance and non-judgement have given me a place to express myself, work through issues, and even surprise myself sometimes. Sharing my writing with the group in the moment is both validating and liberating. I love that there’s no critiquing and only deep listening. It makes me realize what a gift it is to have people listen to me in an accepting, kind, and curious way. I love this class and the way Julia facilitates with heart!"
"Write Yourself Free was one of the first brave steps I made in my journey back to health and myself. Julia, thank you for holding space for me when I was locked up so tight and buried so deep under the pile of shit life had mudslided upon me. Thank you for creating the online safe space for me to write the worst shit and still be a valuable member of the sacred circle, a space for me to weep after writing words that wrote themselves, and hearing them as I read them out loud. Few have penetrated my inner circle as you have. I'm a better woman for it. Thank you."
"Julia’s class was a wonderful opportunity to connect with deeper self and write from that sacred space. It was so wonderful to gather with other women in a creative and supportive
circle—joined by our shared love of writing."
"Thank you, with all of my heart! Julia, I have felt supported and safer with each week. When I signed up, I honestly wasn’t sure that I’d feel comfortable to read anything out loud. You have been true to your word, created such a soft nest for us, and I’m very grateful for that.Thank you for your encouragement and speaking to my fears. You have helped me write again, get out of my head, and trust in the process of writing practice. You have given so much beauty and love to us, and opened up a new world to me. It’s been a long time coming! Very blessed."
"I have so loved this Wednesday morning class. It has sat in the midst of a very twisted painful time in my life and been a sanctuary of space and peace and freedom. I want to do more. Julia holds the space beautifully. With kindness and respect and sincerity that has felt safe for me even with people/women who I do not know and do not know me, Julia held a soft and sparkly woven shawl of comfort in our truths, spoken and heard."