“Novels begin not on the page, but in meditation and daydreaming. In thinking, not writing”
Joyce Carol Oates
Feminist Library, 5 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7XW,
29th April, 6th May, 20th May, 27th May
This course, over four Saturday afternoons is for those interested in exploring a practice of creative writing and mindfulness. No previous knowledge or experience of meditation, mindfulness or creative writing necessary, only lots of enthusiasm to try out new exercises and develop new writing voices.
Using mindfulness techniques, we will begin to be aware of the benefits of the practices that enable writing to go deeper and enable us to access the imagination in a much fuller way. We will be writing creatively in each session, but students do not have to read their own work to others; we will be working as a big group, and in small groups.
We will be meditating in each session and exploring an awareness of each of the five senses. We will look at published writing that draws on one of the senses.
By the end of the course, students will have a small creative portfolio of written work, and may have a regular meditation practice. Students will have an understanding of mindfulness and how it could benefit their writing.
Tea will be served. Please bring a blanket and warm, comfortable clothes, pen and paper.
4 sessions: £80. Early bird rate: £70 payable by April 15th. Places limited.
2 bursary places may be available – please enquire. Booking essential.
The teacher is artist, writer and creative facilitator, Caroline Smith, the Feminist Library’s inaugural writer-in-residence. She has been meditating and working with mindfulness in her practice for 7 years. She has taught at universities, adult learning institutions and organisations such as the National Trust and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.