Mindfulness and Writing:Writing Awake

with Sara Michas-Martin

April 20th - May 11th, Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

 

When the writing is going well, notice, smile softly, and carry on. When the writing isn’t going so well, notice, smile softly, and carry on.”--Author Laraine Herring

As Herring suggests, the dynamic activity of writing—the flow, the frustration—is ongoing. In this course, we will bring our attention to the present moment and loosen our hold on expected outcomes. Whether you are a seasoned writer, or just beginning to write, we will take a step back from the critical to uplift our approach to the creative process, especially in the generative stage. Beginning with the simple goal of responding to daily prompts, you will explore ways to write more freely, more patiently, and with greater awareness. Class sessions will be devoted to sharing from our writing experiments and discussing readings by authors including Dinty Moore, Jane Hirshfield, and Harryette Mullen that will guide our discussion of what it means to “write mindfully.” Come prepared to write something new and unexpected every day. Keep in mind this course is intended to be more “writing lab” than “fix-it workshop,” so while we’ll share very rough drafts, feedback will be offered with a light touch. Writers of all genres and levels are welcome!

In this four week series, come prepared to write something new and unexpected everyday. Come prepared to thoughtfully engage published texts that will guide our discussion of what it means to “write awake.” Keep in mind this course is intended to be more “writing lab” than “fix-it” workshop, so, while time will be devoted to sharing work that comes out of daily writing, we will be sharing very rough drafts and feedback will be offered with a light touch.

Sara Michas-Martin has taught creative writing and interdisciplinary studies for the University of Michigan, Goddard College, Stanford University, Rananim and the Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Her book Gray Matter received the Poets Out Loud Prize and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Other awards include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and scholarships to the Vermont Studio Center and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Her poems and essays have appeared in the American Poetry Review , The Believer , Best New Poets , CURA\ , Denver Quarterly , Gulf Coast , Harvard ReviewThe Iowa Review , Prairie Schooner , Threepenny Review and elsewhere.