Getting Started
Digging In
Working with Linda Trichter Metcalf


Getting Started

Exploring The Basics Of PW

A 6-week series of conference-calls in private consultation with a PW teacher. One hour weekly.

This series is for anyone wishing to establish, sustain, and deepen a Proprioceptive Writing practice. In The Basics you and your teacher explore elements of the Proprioceptive Writing method through the lens of your Writes. In response to your Writes, your PW teacher stimulates inquiry into your own thinking.

Students are encouraged to have 3-5 Writes each week. They email one or two Writes to their PW teacher weekly, followed 3 days later by a scheduled conference-call.

At least two consecutive rounds of this class are recommended before moving on to other work.


Ongoing PW Coaching

A 6-week series of conference-calls in consultation with a PW teacher. Private or semi-private. One hour weekly.

In this 6-week series of conference-calls, a PW teacher works with you to help you maintain a successful PW practice.

Students are encouraged to have 3-5 Writes each week. They email one or two Writes weekly, followed 3 days later by a scheduled conference-call.


Digging In

In each of the units listed below, (in turquoise), we’ll use Guided Writes to explore some ordinary assumptions about universal experience such as: being the child of a mother (or mother-substitute), being yourself, belonging to a sex-gender, having consciousness. Since personal experience can be organized within these categories, investigating their inherent assumptions can be eye opening. Outside material may be introduced into each unit.

Participants engage with the subjects through Guided Writes and in weekly Conference-calls with Linda Metcalf. Each unit takes place over six weekly sessions.

Participate in one six-week unit or take the whole series. The first unit, Playing with the Guided Write, is required before moving on to other units in the series since the material in each unit is engaged with through Guided Writes.

Playing with the Guided Write

Beginning 11/5/15

Because the material in each unit is engaged with through the Guided Write, this unit is required before moving onto other units in this series. If this unit is not currently being offered, and you need it in order to take another unit in this series, contact the PWC to arrange to take it privately with a PW teacher.

The purpose of this unit is to experiment with the form of the Guided Write in order to feel comfortable working with it. A Guided Write requires that you use the Proprioceptive Question (PQ) to hold your focus with light reins on a subject area you wish to investigate. In this unit, you may decide to investigate personal material such as your relationship to your mother or your job; or you may examine terms frequently used in the Proprioceptive Method such as The Hearing Intelligence, the Many Speaking Voices, and The Auditory Imagination.


The Hearing Intelligence & the Many Speaking Voices

Dates/Times: TBA

Mostly people conceive of understanding more in terms of “seeing” than of “hearing.” (Think of the phrase, “I see what you mean,” or the idea of “perspective” or “point of view.”) Experientially, however, the sense of sound is the one consciousness most resembles. Like sound, consciousness penetrates and resonates.
This unit explores the concepts of The Hearing Intelligence and The Many Speaking Voices, PW terms that signify thinking (including feelings and emotions) as a play of inner voices, which may be heard in imagination. These concepts provide a whole new way of approaching your inner life.

The Sense of Self & the Mother Dance

Dates/Times: TBA

In this unit, we investigate the relationship between the mother (or mother-substitute) and her daughter or son, given the patriarchal arrangement. We ask, What sets the sense of self in motion? Or, as D.W. Winnicott put it, “When does a self begin?” We model this sense on the communication system between mother and infant, as posited by Winnicott. We re-imagine Winnicott’s concept of the “good enough mother” as the Hearing Intelligence and explore personal experience from this shifted perspective

The Influence of Gender on Subjective Experience

Next Dates/Time TBA

It may seem obvious that sex/gender (like race, class, age, nationality, ethnicity…) influences your inner experience of yourself. Of the great social powers shaping your mind, gender is one of the most powerful. Yet coming face to face with this influence in your own Writes can be enlightening. In the company of a few key feminist thinkers, in this unit you look into your subjective experience of sex/gender and question some basic assumptions.

Proprioception: a New Model of Consciousness

Thursdays, 7-9 PM ET, 9/10 – 10/15

Like the body, the mind operates according to certain rules, has built-in structures, so to speak, that maximize its operation. One such mental structure is an internal communication system by which the mind senses its own thoughts and feelings. If the mind’s internal communication system fails to operate, one may feel invisible or lost to oneself. This has been referred to as an identity crisis, a painful psychological condition sometimes lasting a lifetime. Whereas, when the mind’s internal communication system is doing its job, your sense of yourself develops and matures.


Invisible Anchor

Working with Linda Trichter Metcalf

Conference Call Classes with Linda

This is an open level class in which everyone from beginning to experienced PW practitioners gain the benefits of a live PW teaching in a small gathering on the phone. In each session you read your Write and listen to others read theirs. Linda responds fully to each Write, engaging writers in discussion when useful.

The duration of the call, anywhere from 1-2 hours, depends upon the number of participants.

Next 6-Week Series of Conference Calls Runs 11/3 – 12/15, 7 PM ET
(No class 11/24 – Thanksgiving break)


Private PW Sessions with Linda

If you have had experience with Proprioceptive Writing and would like to explore a particular question, or are searching for a deep & comprehensive reading of your Writes Linda is available for private PW sessions.

In each session there is an in-depth consideration of the one or two Writes that you bring to the call.

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