Sense Writing: Life Stories and Fiction
A 7-week writing workshop at The Old Stone House, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Tuesdays, March 5th – April 23rd (break for school holiday) 7:00 – 9:15 p.m.
Register here ($340).
Open to writers of all levels and genres.
Use your own life stories to explore the connection between your senses, emotions, and thoughts. Through accessible tools, such as visualizations, simple physical exercises, and writing prompts, develop your voice as a writer.
• Inhabit the world of your writing through the senses.
• Slow down and settle into your writing to uncover intrinsic structure.
• Set authentic creative goals and learn to work within them effectively.
• Complete two or three short pieces.
The focus of the approach is on what is felt and "tangible" rather than abstract ideas of "good writing." Writers of all levels and genres learn to bypass judgment and find pleasure in all the stages of the craft.
Madelyn Kent has served on the faculty of NYU/Tisch teaching playwriting, screenwriting, and memoir writing. The developer of "Sense Writing," she has held workshops and classes in North America and abroad. She is certified in Feldenkrais Somatic Education/ATM. Peggy Stafford, a two-time MacDowell fellow, has taught creative writing at the University of Washington’s Summer Program, and playwriting at Seattle Repertory Theatre and Brooklyn’s Fifth Avenue Committee. Madelyn and Peggy have worked together for several years initiating and creating collaborative environments. More about us and the classes at: http://www.pearstudios.org or give us a calls at (917)702-0151.
10 Secrets of Sense Writing
1. Aim low and feel the flow.
2. Be boring.
3. Curate your Id.
4. Share your shit.
5. Motivation & will power is for dieters not writers.
6. The Secret: Less (effort) is More (art).
7. Use your body.
8. Kill the inner critic and trust your choices.
9. Fire new synapses (& discover the benefits of neuroplasticity).
10. Write & craft will catch up.