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The Mindful Writer
Chris Malcomb
Eleven weeks beginning the week of October 3
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Sit. Breathe. Write.
Chris Malcomb
Saturday, October 15
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$75 - $125 (sliding scale)

Berkeley, California
Specific location to be determined


The Mindful Writer Workshop
Mindfulness is full attention to the present moment. In this eleven-week workshop, we'll explore how to use this practice -- both formally and informally -- to facilitate the discovery and writing of our deep stories. We will write from personal experience, using in-class exercises to generate topics, learn techniques to address "writer's block," and deepen our understanding of various nonfiction and fiction craft elements. Significant time will be devoted to discussing how the foundations of mindfulness apply to our creative practices and to learning various techniques for listening and responding to the work of peers. Suitable for beginning and experienced writers alike, this workshop provides a safe, inspiring, and nonjudgmental place to coax forth one's inner writer.

Three sessions offered -- Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays
Each run from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
No classes the week of November 21.

Sit. Breathe. Write.
In this daylong workshop we'll explore how we might incorporate mindfulness techniques into our writing practice and daily lives. We will explore the Five Hindrances and discuss what it means to write from a place of grounding, to integrate sense awareness into our creative process, and to trust in words that arise from a place other than the intellect. Each daylong with have a specific theme (change, renewal, exploration, etc.), and significant time will be devoted to creating a safe environment for listening to the work of peers in nonjudgmental and supportive manner. Suitable for experienced and beginning writers alike, this workshop provides an inspiring place to connect -- or reconnect -- with your writing practice amidst a community of creative souls.

Saturday, October 15
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$75 - $125 (sliding scale)


About the presenter:
Chris Malcomb has practiced mindfulness meditation for ten years and is very interested in Buddhist psychology, NVC, and Asian tea ceremony. He has taught English, Writing, and Literature at both the middle and high school levels and has led private classes and workshops for the California Association of Independent Schools, the Bay Area Teacher Training Institute, and the Prison University Project at San Quentin. His essays & articles have appeared in over a dozen publications, including Teachers & Writers, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Narrative, The Sun, and KQED Perspectives. He earned his M.Ed. from Lesley University and his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco.

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