The Seven Agreements of River Writing

The Seven Agreements

Non-Judgement:
We agree to practice for the sake of practice without criticism, praise, or apology. We give ourselves permission to write the “worst shit in America” and kindly give the inner-critic a break from their vigilance. No crosstalk or comments.

Shared Responsibility:
Each participant agrees to take responsibility for the energy they bring to the circle. We create a community defined by radical, authentic inclusion. We agree that everyone matters, those within this circle, and those without. Everyone. We speak and act accordingly, without racism, sexism, abilism, agism, fat phobia, homophobia, or transphobia. If we make mistakes in this realm, we acknowledge and apologize for them. When words fail us, we find better speech. When we stumble, we stumble toward each other.

Confidentiality: What is shared in the circle stays in the circle. If we wish to ask someone about their writing, we ask permission first. We agree that it is always fine to decline. (Practice saying No thanks.)

Self care: we agree to take care of our own physical and emotional needs. While this is a brave space and safer than most, we are responsible for managing our own level of disclosure.

Truth: We agree to say the truest thing we can say within our chosen level of disclosure. We agree to come as we are, to ditch our scripts and worn-out stories, to write from the here and now, without apology.

Listen with the Heart: We agree to listen whole-heartedly, without judgement, with attentive curiosity. When someone is reading, the rest of us will give ourselves over to luxury of listening without worrying about what to say next.

Kindness: We agree to practice radical kindness with each other and ourselves. We will be radically kind. Especially to others, and especially to ourselves.

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