Whether you have a specific writing goal or are playing with the puzzle pieces of a new project, this class will provide strategies for developing good work habits, honing your curiosity and finding inspiration everywhere–without and within

Time: two Saturdays, 10:00 to 16:00

Duration: 8 June - 15 June, 2019

Location: QWF Office—1200 Atwater Avenue, Room 3, Westmount, QC View map

Description

This two-session course is open to writers in all genres.

Whether you have a specific writing goal or are playing with the puzzle pieces of a new project, this class will provide strategies for developing good work habits, honing your curiosity and finding inspiration everywhere–without and within.

Over the two Saturday sessions, we will learn to find the sweet spot between discipline and freedom. We aim to break the boundaries that stand between us and our true innovative capacities, and develop the boundaries that safeguard and sustain a regular writing practice.

In each session, we will discuss selected writings in different genres, drawing on these and non-writing media for inspiration in creative experiments. We will play with colour, sound, rhythm, and form to ignite the senses and expand our understanding of what’s possible in writing, before diving into prompts and exercises.

We will also borrow from meditation techniques to focus our concentration, explore our preconceptions about time, and ally ourselves with our bodies as sources of information and inspiration.

With practice, using the techniques shared in this course, participants will learn to maximize their available time, bypass the inner critic, and tap into inspiration, innovation, and authenticity every time they sit down to write.

Workshop leader

A woman
Stacey Engels was born and raised in Montreal and has lived in New York City since 1995. A Pushcart Prize nominee in poetry and prize-winning playwright and essayist, Engels has received grants and fellowships from, among others, NYFA, TCG-ITI, Yaddo, Bread Loaf/Orion and the Canada Council for the Arts. She holds MFAs in Playwriting and Memoir and a Certificate in Arts in Health Care and has worked at the intersection of creativity, human services, and education for twenty years.  Currently, she is an Adjunct Lecturer at Lehman College-City University of New York, where she teaches writing and literature courses.

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