Writing from the Center: Practicing the 5 A's with Our Creativity
This workshop is open to all BreakFree and Breakthrough graduates and to those currently enrolled in the BreakFree or Breakthrough workshops. Registration will be limited to 12 participants.
Attention. Acceptance. Appreciation. Affection. Allowing. In this workshop, we will offer the 5 A’s to the stories that lay claim to our memory and imagination. Whether these stories are light-hearted or charged with feeling, there is great power in treating them with respectful attention, acceptance, appreciation and affection. A story may be a precious seed, awaiting the light and nourishment of attention. By practicing a generous allowing with ourselves and one another, we will set aside the inner critic that would keep these stories locked away. Instead, in an intimate, informal and supportive workshop environment, we will write from the center—the loving center of ourselves that is ready to be heard.
This workshop is scheduled on a Friday evening and a Sunday morning and afternoon; if participants so choose, there will be the opportunity between class sessions (at home on Saturday) to bring some additional focused attention to a piece of writing generated Friday evening. The class will consist of some instruction, demos, pair work, exercises, writing time, and sharing (always optional). It is appropriate for anyone with a story to tell; no previous writing experience is required. Artists, dancers, musicians, actors, and anyone on a creative journey of self-expression will also find the workshop beneficial to their process.
Writing from the Center will be taught by C. Kevin Smith, a Breakthrough brother and a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A recipient of the distinguished Iowa Arts Fellowship, Kevin studied with Marilynne Robinson and was awarded the University of Iowa Provost’s Postgraduate Visiting Writer Fellowship in recognition of his teaching excellence. He is currently a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University and is at work on a novel. www.ckevinsmith.com
Dates: Friday, November 17, 6:30-9:30 pm and Sunday, November 19, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, with a break for lunch. (Lunch will not be provided; participants may choose to bring their own lunch, or eat at a nearby restaurant.)
Cost: $115 ($95 for current Breakthrough Alumni and Monthly Sustaining Members)
For more Information contact Kevin via his website: www.ckevinsmith.com.