From a dramatic pause to comic timing, space and silence are the ground for engaging language in plays, poetry, song and story. Writing is about forging a connection to presence through language, and habits of mind cut us off from an experience of Now. As writers, we swim in a sea of habit, cliché, and received narrative structure that derail us from creating our best work. In this workshop, we will learn to short-circuit those creative dead ends, reconnecting with the stillness, silence and spaciousness that is the natural home of art. We will alternate brief periods of contemplative practice with writing exercises designed to interrupt our habitual patterns of thinking and writing. In the resulting space of interruption, we can surprise ourselves with writing that is genuine, engaging and fully its own magnificent beast.
Participants will learn specific contemplative and energetic practices that can serve as an anchor for creating a daily writing practice, as well as work with prompts and exercises that can access the space and energy in our writing when the flow of our creative process gets stuck. This two-day workshop will focus on language meant to be heard, but writers working in all forms and genres can benefit.