Vision or dream boards are common for articulating dreams and goals, whether a life plan, a special event, a desired objective – to travel, to own a home, to publish a book. Writers to visualize characters in fiction or subjects in nonfiction, worlds (real or imagined), plots and story or life lines. Vision boards can also be used by writers to articulate and portray their goals in a visual and tactile way, including SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely) goals. For instance, a goal to publish could be broken down into singular steps, such as, increasing skills by taking a writing class, interacting with other writers regularly, reading X number of books in your genre, asking for beta readers to look at your work. A vision board can be a concrete visual map of your goals, something that can be hung in your writing space, reminding and inspiring you. Materials will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring any that are of special meaning to incorporate into the vision board.
Ellen Higgins, Ph.D., author and writing instructor, has been teaching writing for over 30 years, including a Writing Workshop for the Bethlehem Central Schools Adult Ed program since 2007. She has also taught yoga/meditation and water safety and fitness classes.