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Expansion & Constriction
In the body, we will focus on the lungs, the rib cage, the sternum, all of which surround the area of the heart. We will hone in on the sensations & thoughts that arise around breath. Inhalation & Exhalation. Inspiration & Expiration. Things that open & things that close. What happens when we focus on writing a line that expands meaning? What happens when we focus on writing a line that constricts meaning?
Taking Root & Taking Flight
How do we respond to a line or sentence that acts as an anchor? How do we respond to a line or sentence that lifts us out of our current space of knowledge into a new feeling, thought, experience? What happens when we write a line that is intentionally rooted? What happens when we write a line that takes flight into something new?
In Focus & Out of Focus
Often thought of in relation to sight or a mental ability to focus, this experience can be applied to all of the senses as well as to our writing. What's at the center of our story or poem? What lives at the periphery? What happens when we write the lines that are still out of focus?
Details & Logistics
Who are these workshops for?
Writers of all levels and genres are welcome.
When do they happen?
Every 2nd Monday of the month, 1-3PM
What's the location?
At Shout House, 210 SE Madison, Suite 11, Portland, OR 97214
What is the cost?
$15-$25 sliding scale. You decide what you are able to pay within that range.
Do I need to register?
Advanced registration is appreciated, but not required.
If you haven't registered in advance, please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes early.
What time should I arrive?
The workshops will start on time, at 1:00PM.
The space will be open by 12:45. If you would like to fix yourself a cup of tea, or know that you need time to settle into your writing seat, please allow yourself the appropriate amount of time.
Have another question?
Call or email me. I'd be happy to talk with you.
Want to know more about why I started this workshop?
I talk a little bit about that in this blog post:
It's Part Mad Scientist, Part Craftsman, Part Kid on a Playground. It's Practice Without the Perfect.