Devotion to Writing
Your Journey to Creative Fulfillment and Abundance.
What is Devotion to Writing?
Devotion to Writing eliminates the fears and doubts which paralyze and silence us before we even begin. Breaking the silence of the page over and over, we establish a daily habit of writing. Along the way, we develop a new relationship with ourselves as creators, and to the world.
Devotion is defined as a coming to Love. In this sense, Devotion to Writing is a coming to love writing. But it goes deeper, we come to love the creative process, and our relationship to the mystery of creating. We begin to honor and love ourselves as creators of, not only of words but, our lives.
Mattew Kelly wrote, “we become what we celebrate.”
Devotion to Writing helps us become writers who celebrate and commune daily with the creative forces at work in and around us.
It is my life’s work to create and help others find their creative expression in writing. As a young writer, I always was grateful for the teachers who supported and encouraged me, who told me “I could”. So many people only hear they can’t. It is gratifying to me to help people find their voice, their confidence, to encourage them to write, and to live the creative life they desire.
“Hearing Justen talk about Devotion to Writing two years ago CHANGED MY LIFE! It launched my daily writing practice which is MORE than a writing practice…it’s how I show up and welcome the flow that allows me to feel and know deeply enough to be able to express myself creatively. If you’ve ever want to find a way to Honor that call to creative expression, and that desire, this is it.” –C. Stuart
Justen Ahren has appeared on NPR’s, “The Point” and serves on NPR’s WCAI Poetry Board. His poetry and photography have appeared in numerous literary and photography journals, and exhibited at MassMoCA. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been adapted to the stage and set to music by Grammy Award winning composers Glen Roven and Ileana Vasquez. In 2013, he Founded Noepe Center for Literary Arts, which he directed until 2018. Since 2014, Justen’s been teaching Devotion to Writing. The Martha’s Vineyard Emeritus Poet Laureate, Justen received an MFA from Emerson College’s school of Writing and Publishing. He has two collections of poems A Strange Catechism, and A Machine for Remembering. You can learn more about Justen and read his poetry at Justenahren.com, or on instagram @justenahren.