Hey, there! Glad you're here.


Welcome to my "un-school" where grownups are welcomed for interactive learning. Seats are capped at 15 to provide you with a personalized experience in our creative community.

Want to be the first to know about new happenings?

Imagine if learning was:

value-packed

interactive - "a lot or a little" (you decide)

delivered in bite-size sessions

supported by a learning community


And topics included:

mixed-media art & creative writing ~ for a break from the day-to-day

small biz 411 ~ how-to for new & aspiring owners

time-saving study strategies w/ a creative twist ~ for adult learners

(heading back to class - online or in person? I've got you covered!)

Here's the Plan...

Choose your What

I want to....

nurture my creativity
"boss up" my biz know-how
rediscover study skills


Choose your Why

I want to be....

inspired
informed
empowered


Choose your How

I prefer...

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS:
time with friends, new & old


You're in the right place, friend. After lots of thought, I've decided to teach 'hybrid' workshop sessions - mostly live via Zoom with a few OYO videos.



SELF-PACED, ON DEMAND COURSES:

quiet time for me

(read on to see if this space is a good fit)

Summer 2021


jar of found words

Wednesday Wordplay Workshop

'Found Word' Stories: Writing from the Words


But I'm not a writer!!


I hear you. I see you. But here's the thing.....



Do you sometimes feel stuck with lots on your mind, but you're staring at a blank page, struggling to find the 'right' words?


Need to get those thoughts out of your head (and heart)??


"Found Words" allow us to find our voice, say The Things, find peace (sometimes!), discover answers to our questions, and (often) unravel more questions to ponder...


... all on the journey to self-care, self-expression, and self-understanding.



Imagine creating your own "micro" stories, poetry, song lyrics, creative journal pages, art, or writing notebook prompts including RANTS that express how you're feeling!


Starting with 'found words' allows us to do that.


No blank pages.


A gazillion possibilities.


A different story with each combination of words.


In this workshop, you will learn how to "see words loosely," read kinesthetically, acknowledge self-censoring, and create powerful microstories that say what you want/need to say.


Fun. Messy. Focused. Thoughtful.


This workshop is designed to inspire your wordplay wonder, wrangle your writing fears/anxieties, and capture your creativity through approachable writing.


Think writing this way is 'weird, impossible or just plain unnecessary?'


My high school students thought so... 'til they did it!


#TellYourStory


Join us for 90 minutes of creative exploring, reflective discovering, and optional sharing in this live, interactive oh-so-fun! workshop.


Your heart & soul will be glad you did... and it's lots less expensive than therapy or art supplies. :)




Next workshop date:

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

1 - 2:30 PM EDT

via Zoom

$20

Registration is closed, but you can check out workshop details here.


Want to bundle and save? Grab a seat for all three workshops for $50.



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A short story told with blackout words

Wednesday Wordplay Workshop

Blackout Stories: Creating by Subtracting


I can't find the words!


Well, then - let's look in different places!


Creativity is subtraction.

~ Austin Kleon, newspaperblackout.com


This is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite writers.


Who....

draws.


And... introduced me to blackout story writing back in 2012(ish?).


While it's not a new writing form, Austin's writing style (BIG words on a page, lots of doodles, and smarty pants comments) grabbed my attention.


This turned out to be another perfect gateway into creative thinking (read: critical thinking) for my high school students at that time.


Kids who wouldn't read or write devoured pieces of text to curate the 'just right pieces' for their own writing.


Now, I invite you to learn how to subtract in order to create. Are you ready?


No two stories are ever the same.


In this workshop, you'll learn how & where to select pieces of text, skim & scan without attachment (not as easy as it sounds), and craft your own blackout story.


Collect. Select. Create.


This workshop is designed to inspire your wordplay wonder, wrangle your writing fears/anxieties, and capture your creativity through approachable writing.


It's time...


#TellYourStory


Join us for 90 minutes of creative exploring, reflective discovering, and optional sharing in this live, interactive, oh-so-fun! workshop.


Your heart & soul will be glad you did... and it's lots less expensive than therapy or art supplies. :)



Next Workshop Date:

Wednesday, Aug 25, 2021

1 - 2:30 PM EDT

via Zoom

$20

Register here.


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six word story written by Robin Le Roy-Kyle

Wednesday Wordplay Workshop

Six Word Stories: Writing in Short Form


I can't use just six!


I have a t-shirt that gets lots of quizzical looks but no one willing to ask, What does it mean? (or to try answering it)


It reads: "Six words tell it. What's yours?"


Notably the toughest of the three forms of microstory telling I teach, six word stories require a kind of thinking that may find you scratching your head before you master one...


Because your job in this writing style is to tell a compelling narrative in ..


Just.


Six.


Words.


Not a slogan.

Not a bumper sticker.


But an actual story.


The kind that makes the reader cry, laugh, gasp, or otherwise react in a way that only a short, powerful story can do.


Phew! That's a tall order. Right?


Hemingway is said to have made six-word stories popular with his famous "Baby shoes for sale. Never worn" in response to a bar room challenge.


Whether he actually said it or not, think about it.


Really. Let it sink in.


In this workshop, you'll learn how to select a topic, craft the words, and revise to make those six little words squeeze the guts out of the reader....


Emotional. Real. Powerful. Conflicted. Truthful. Fake. Funny. Raw.


This workshop is designed to inspire your wordplay wonder, wrangle your writing fears/anxieties, and capture your creativity through approachable writing.


Tell it in "six"....


#TellYourStory


Join us for 90 minutes of creative exploring, reflective discovering, and optional sharing in this live, interactive, oh-so-fun! workshop.


Your heart & soul will be glad you did... and it's lots less expensive than therapy or art supplies. :)



Next Workshop Date:

Wednesday, Sept 22, 2021

1 - 2:30 PM EDT

via Zoom

$20

Register here.


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"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."
~ Benjamin Franklin
Want to be the first to know about new happenings?

Who this space is for.. and possibly not (right now)


Hey, Robin -

Where are your self-paced, on-demand video courses?


So glad you asked!


As an introvert & a busy gal, I know many folks prefer videos so they can work independently, re-watch often, etc... I get that.

And honestly, you may find a few of those here... eventually.


But for now, here's the thing.....


1. YOU: You're here to learn something new, deepen your current skills, and/or hang out with likeminded folks. Right?!


2. BIGGER PICTURE: Purposeful interaction leads to deeper learning & let's be honest -> Does buying a video mean we REALLY 'show up' for ourselves?

Truth? I've dropped $$$ into self-paced courses I haven't even opened & acquire free ones "in case I find the time." Cool. But this space isn't designed for that....


3. There are literally hundreds of self-paced, on-demand videos out there - free & paid - on the topics you'll find here. Hundreds.


What makes the difference? The instructor. The community. The space. Beautiful humans make us happy. Plain & simple.

PLEASE - Don't spend your $$ if you won't join us. Invest it in something you'll love & use.



I've created this space for us to
hang out, connect, and learn together.


Let's do this LIVE.
I'm showing up....
Bevvy of choice. In my studio space. Messy hair. Bare feet. Comfy clothes. Probably paint on my face.
For sure on my clothes! :)
Ready to hear how you're doing and introduce you to our friends in our cozy group defined by its people ~
caring, creative, and crushing it in their own way.
How about you?



If you're ready, don't wait!
Seating is always limited for everyone's comfort.

And I'm working my tail off to make each workshop a special event for YOU.


Then, get ready to grab your favorite bevvy, put on your creative clothes, and gather your favorite tools... or new ones you'd like to try.


If you prefer to stay quiet during live sessions, no problemo. I ask that cameras be on to encourage 'community' but after that....

You do YOU.


woman smiling

Hi, I'm Robin!


I believe finding our truest selves can be both fun & "messy" (literally & figuratively!). I also believe being inspired, informed & empowered is the {only} way to be.


After 8 years in the Navy, 27 years in public Education, and 10 years developing the confidence (and skills) to be my own boss, I left public Ed in 2021, leaping strategically.


Now, I teach women 15 - 50+ (and a few men) Ready For Change - big or small - how to find clarity using words and colors to guide their process.


I've been writing & playing with words since I was a little girl. Mixed-media art happened by accident in 2015 during a challenging Life Season. Want to know more? Check out my story with its twists and turns here.


Wishing you creative curiosity and soul-smiling messiness,

Robin


Future Workshops/Courses


"Life Story" Journals


Pockets, tags, tucked-in words, twine, ribbon, stitching, painting, drawing, photos, fabric remnants. You name it. Sky's the limit! Etsy customers tell me, "Your journals are so unique!"


Learn how to create your own while exploring materials, binding, wet & dry media, and adding details. I share tips & my own favorites.


Mini Workshop: 7-day interactive. 5 hours live. 3 meeting sessions. Zoom. Limited seating. Next workshop dates: July 8 - 15, 2021.

Mixed-Media Faces



Designed for beginning or growing artists. Learn how to use "all things mixed media." Instructions, supply and materials lists.


Mini Workshop: 7-day interactive. 5 hours live. 3 meeting sessions. Zoom. Limited seating. Next workshop date: Coming soon!

Want to Publish?



Have you dreamed of your art journal being published? I did, too!


After achieving this goal in 2020, I'm happy to show you how my work was accepted on the first try.


In this workshop, you'll learn how to find, prepare for, and submit your creative journal for publication.


Mini Workshop:

2-hour interactive via Zoom

Small Biz 101


How do I? Where do I? What is? Why do I?


Learning how to run your small business can seem overwhelming with all the details, things to learn, and unknowns, right? It sure was for me! So I rolled up my sleeves, turned on the Keurig, and dedicated two years to learning the basics "and then some" outside my full-time career in public Education.


Now, I'm sharing it all with you - to save you time, money, and headache. Designed with online teachers and Etsy shop owners in mind, this collection provides As to your Qs (but may fit other types of small businesses, too).


Choose a mini workshop that answers your specific question or choose the bundle and save.



What They're Saying...


"Thanks for your crazy teaching and big hugs. You ROCK and I'm headed to college!" - APK high school student, Ronnie.


"Thanks for the time and teaching, Robin. I think it may change how I look at words." - mixed media workshop guest, Diane.


"I think (the shop) now, at first glance, represents me better as the artist I am today." - Etsy beta course student, Diane. (Aiming for Remarkable: How to Wow Your Etsy Customers Every Time)


Interested in an

in-person event?


Visit me over in my little corner of the Internet world for workshop & retreat details.